Outrageous (1977)





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Two misfits find love and support in each other's company, in this show-business comedy with a twist. One of them, Robin Turner (Craig Russell), is a male hairdresser and a gifted female impersonator, who tries out his act in local gay nightclubs. His roommate is Liza Connors (Hollis McLaren), an old high-school friend who is now a mumblingly strange pregnant woman, recently released from a mental hospital where she was being treated for schizophrenia. She is determined never to return to the hospital again, and he wants to be a show-business success with his impressions. When Robin loses his job, the two determine to try their luck in New York.
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Craig Russell
as Robin Turner
Hollis McLaren
as Liza Connors
Allan Moyle
as Martin
Martha Gibson
as Nurse Carr
Helen Hughes
as Mrs. Connors
Jonah Royston
as Dr. Beddoes
David Woito
as Hustler
Rusty Ryan
as Jimmy
Jackie Loren
as Herself
Michael Daniels
as Performer In Gold
Trevor Bryan
as Miss Montego Bay
Rene Fortier
as Manatee D.J.
Maxine Miller
as Peggy O'Brien
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A low-budget Canadian sleeper, Outrageous is a vastly entertaining and poignnat serio-coemdy about drag and gay life which became a cult movie among gay and straight viewers.

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This movie is an odd blend of alternative lifestyles and schizophrenia. Personally I liked it a lot although I suppose there will be folks who feel hit over the head with characters with lives very different from their own. The girls struggle to accept and cope with her own madness by supporting her friend in his own self acceptance is very touching and the movie managed to find a lot of humor in drag queens without ever mocking or belittling them. Not to mention a great happy ending, which you might not expect in this movie.

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This historically important early gay film is pleasant but nothing too special, although Russell's impersonations--of Mae West, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, and so on--are downright uncanny.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Excellent story! Craig Russell was an amazing female impersonator, he had a genuine talent. His impersonation scenes are the best thing in the film. He gives a fine dramatic performance as well. A cool film.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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