Born in Flames


Born in Flames

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Meant to take place in the near future, this film looks at the rights of women under a socialist society in the U.S. -- and finds nothing has changed. Accompanied by a strong musical soundtrack, the composition of women's groups is explored -- from the most conservative to the most revolutionary. And given the events in the film, it would appear that only revolution is going to work in the future if women really want to achieve equality with men in terms of power, recognition, and influence.

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as Honey
Jeanne Satterfield
as Adelaide Norris
Flo Kennedy
as Zella Wylie
Pat Murphy
as Editor
Hillary Hurst
as Leader of Women's Army
Sheila McLaughlin
as Other Leader
Hillary Hunt
as Army Woman
Lynn Jones
as Other Leader
Marty Pottenger
as Other Leader
Ron Vawter
as FBI Agent
John Rudolph
as TV Newscaster
Warner Schreiner
as TV Newscaster
Valerie Smaldone
as TV Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Born in Flames

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (3)

  • Borden's exhilarating collage-like story stages news reports, documentary sequences, and surveillance footage alongside tough action scenes and musical numbers; her violent vision is both ideologically complex and chilling.

    Feb 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Lizzie Borden's 16mm independent production, which took some two years to complete, appears to have all the advantages and the disadvantages of a home movie.

    Dec 10, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Borden charts the explosive coming together of the women as they forge their own liberation, handling her story with audacity and making even the driest argument crackle with humour, while the more poignant moments burn with a fierce white heat.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Born in Flames, while inventive, is also much too diffuse and overcrowded.

    May 20, 2003
  • Interesting as a historical curio but nearly unwatchable as entertainment.

    May 30, 2001 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Made piecemeal over a number of years and first released in 1983, this 90-minute comic fantasy has lost little of its radical edge.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Born in Flames

  • Jul 05, 2009
    set in a future nyc, tho it sure looks like the 80s, the film posits a post-revolutionary socialist society that isn't the great success the government claims. the poor and minorities have seen little change in their situations and feminists, tired of waiting for their turn, get organized. this is the most radical feminist film i've ever seen, with women's groups plotting full-blown terrorist activities, and in fact i'm still a bit blown away that this thing even exists, but i'm so glad it does. it's inspiring to know we once dreamed this big. this is a great example of ultra low budget guerilla filmmaking, admittedly rough but with some really good acting, effective satire and a whole lot of passion. and it's the tea party's worst nightmare
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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