Lipstick (1976)

Lipstick (1976)




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Lipstick is a cheap exploitation film pretending to make a social statement about rape and revenge. Chris (Margaux Hemingway), a fashion model is raped by Gordon Stuart (Chris Sarandon) her sister's music teacher. When he tries to rape her sister Kathy (Mariel Hemingway), Chris kills him. She is tried for the crime and defended by Carla Bondi (Anne Bancroft). Margaux Hemingway, in her film debut, is dreadful, giving a wooden performance which is only matched by that of the usually interesting Chris Sarandon. Despite some discussion of this film by feminist film critics, its only saving grace is the performance of Mariel Hemingway, who is also making her debut and gives the mature and nuanced performance she would again give in Manhattan. Lipstick, trite, bloody and dishonest, pretends to condemn rape but instead sensationalizes and exploits it.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Paramount Pictures


Margaux Hemingway
as Chris McCormick
Chris Sarandon
as Gordon Stuart
Perry King
as Steve Edison
Robin Gammell
as Nathan Cartwright
Anne Bancroft
as Carla Bondi
as Photographer
Bill Burns
as Judge
Meg Wyllie
as Sister Margaret
Inga Swenson
as Sister Monica
John Bennett Perry
as Martin McCormick
Mariel Hemingway
as Kathy McCormick
Lauren Jones
as Policewoman
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Critic Reviews for Lipstick

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A nasty film about a brutal rape that pretends it has something positive to say on the subject but remains content to be just another cynical exploitation film.

Full Review… | February 25, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...a pervasively uneven drama/thriller that is, for the most part, simply too slow for its own good...

Full Review… | January 27, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Lipstick


The courtroom drama was stellar and the ending, while feeling contrived, had a definite dash of artistic cool.

Jeff B
Jeff B

Disappointing. I was expecting it to be more like "The Accused" but instead it was more like a Lifetime movie.

Ian Jones
Ian Jones

Awful! This movie is a contrived piece of sexploitation that pretends to have a message.It is intense but ultimately disappointing.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot

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