The Cockettes

2002, Documentary, 1h 39m

43 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Absorbing, fascinating, and finally poignant, The Cockettes provides a colorful, eye-opening view of the counterculture 1960s. Read critic reviews

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In the gay San Francisco of the '70s, a flamboyant ensemble of hippies decked themselves out in gender-bending drag and tons of glitter for a series of legendary midnight shows at the Palace Theater. In their 2 1/2 year existence, The Cockettes created 20 shows, and were featured in 4 films. They created a unique burst of cultural experimentation and artistic outrageousness that continues to influence the worlds of theater, music, fashion, gay politics and spirituality, and urban club life.

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  • Joyously re-creates the brief but resplendent reign of the legendary freakadelic drag troupe.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Maybe it's the old-timey, silent film title cards, or the vaudeville piano tinkering on the score, but The Cockettes produces a yearning wistfulness for another time and place -- specifically, 1970s San Francisco.

    March 10, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Cockettes has the glorious, gaudy benefit of much stock footage of Those Days, featuring all manner of drag queen, bearded lady and lactating hippie.

    September 6, 2002
  • As Weber and Weissman demonstrate with such insight and celebratory verve, the Cockettes weren't as much about gender, sexual preference or political agitprop as they were simply a triumph of the indomitable human will to rebel, connect and create.

    September 6, 2002
  • An insightfully cheeky entertainment.

    August 21, 2002
  • This expert, heartfelt movie establishes them as being as much a part of swingin' San Francisco as the Grateful Dead or the Beats.

    August 9, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Joyously re-creates the brief but resplendent reign of the legendary freakadelic drag troupe.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Maybe it's the old-timey, silent film title cards, or the vaudeville piano tinkering on the score, but The Cockettes produces a yearning wistfulness for another time and place -- specifically, 1970s San Francisco.

    March 10, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Cockettes has the glorious, gaudy benefit of much stock footage of Those Days, featuring all manner of drag queen, bearded lady and lactating hippie.

    September 6, 2002
  • As Weber and Weissman demonstrate with such insight and celebratory verve, the Cockettes weren't as much about gender, sexual preference or political agitprop as they were simply a triumph of the indomitable human will to rebel, connect and create.

    September 6, 2002
  • Not even Woodstock captures the era's sense of wide-open artistic and personal freedom like this indelible chronicle...

    October 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The effect is to actually bring to life the idealistic spirit of the times, to provide a context more resonant than simply the fashions and the music.

    September 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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