The Cockettes


The Cockettes

Critics Consensus

The Cockettes provides a colorful, eye-opening view of the counterculture 1960s.



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A chronicle of the rise and fall of the legendary San Francisco theatrical troupe, The Cockettes (1969-1972). As the psychedelic San Francisco of the '60's began evolving into the gay San Francisco of the '70's, The Cockettes, a flamboyant ensemble of hippies (women, gay men, and babies) decked themselves out in gender-bending drag and glitter for a series of legendary midnight musicals at the Palace Theater. The Cockettes were founded by "Hibiscus," a member of a commune that was dedicated to distributing free food and to creating free art and theater. The early shows were mostly non-narrative revues, with everybody making their own costumes, and creative spontaneity reigning supreme. But with "Pearls Over Shanghai" the Cockettes produced their first show with all-original script, music and lyrics. Combining grand spectacle with the awkwardness of a high school operetta, The Cockettes thrilled audiences as much with their unpredictability as with their triumphs.

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Critic Reviews for The Cockettes

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (14)

  • Cockettes has the glorious, gaudy benefit of much stock footage of Those Days, featuring all manner of drag queen, bearded lady and lactating hippie.

    Sep 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.

    Sep 6, 2002
  • An insightfully cheeky entertainment.

    Aug 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.

    Aug 9, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Manages to transcend the sex, drugs and show-tunes plot into something far richer.

    Aug 8, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • It celebrates the group's playful spark of nonconformity, glancing vividly back at what Hibiscus grandly called his 'angels of light.'

    Jul 26, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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