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Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways (2004)

Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways





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Years before the Go-Go's and the Bangles proved the commercial viability of all-female rock bands (and while Courtney Love was still in grade school), the Runaways were blazing new trails for women in rock & roll. Playing loud, swaggering hard rock which unapologetically dealt with sex, drugs, and wild living, the Runaways were seen as a novelty act by many when they released their first album in 1976; it wasn't until years later, after the solo success of band members Joan Jett and Lita Ford, that their importance and influence was widely recognized. Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways is a documentary directed by Victory Tischler-Blue (who, as Vicki Blue, played bass with the group) which deals with the ups and downs of the band's career -- a story fraught with abusive management, sexual stereotyping, an uncomprehending record company, and a band of teenagers who were literally growing up on the road. A number of the group's better known songs do not appear in Edgeplay, due to the fact that Joan Jett refused to cooperate with the making of the film or allow her songs to be used on the soundtrack.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
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Written By: Victory Tischler-Blue
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On DVD: Apr 5, 2005
Sacred Dogs Entertainment

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I really wanted to like this, but it's got to be one of the worst edited professional documentaries around. Not to mention the fact that they didn't even get current interviews with Joan, it's kind've necessary to have your focus on board your project. I felt like half the time it was too biased and the other half I just wanted the crappy 90s mtv effects to stop.

Conner Rainwater

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A good documentary of the band "The Runaways". It stands out since the members were around 16 when the band broke out. What does show business do to a under age group of woman? ...verbal/emotional/sexual abuse by their producer, drug abuse and conflicts between band members.

Jeff Heruth

I know most people wouldn't give this film five stars but I love The Runaways and am a huge fan of this labor of love documentary by band replacement bassist Vicky Tischler-Blue. This film chronicles the rise of the legendary 70's girl group, The Runaways. This film features interviews with band members Currie, Ford, West, Fox, and Blue. It features other perspectives as well like taskmaster manager Kim Fowley who brought the girls from very different backgrounds together that led to their success but whose differences ultimately led to their demise. Fowley took advantage of these girls, lied to their parents, and used a self described boot camp mentality to break the girls emotionally. A couple of the mothers of the girls gave their views on how they were duped by Fowley. This film is peppered with lots of live performance material and home videos. For unknown reasons Joan Jett chose not to participate in this film. My favorite Runaway was original bassist Jackie Fox who still looks beautiful today. Lita Ford who was sort of the unofficial alpha female of the group still comes off as being brash and full of herself but used The Runaways as a springboard to become a rock legend.

Curtis Reynolds

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