The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

2015

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

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THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER is the rags to riches story of one of old time showbiz's biggest personalities. From 1906 through the beginning of television, Sophie Tucker and her bawdy, brash, and risqué songs paved the way for performers such as Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Midler, Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé. After eight years spent reading hundreds of Tucker's personal scrapbooks, visiting fourteen archives, and interviewing dozens of family, friends, and fellow icons of stage and screen, Susan and Lloyd Ecker have completed their comprehensive documentary about the Last of the Red Hot Mamas. "Sophie was like the Forrest Gump of the first half of the 1900s," says producer Susan Ecker. "She was close friends with seven U.S. presidents, King George VI, young Queen Elizabeth, Charlie Chaplin, J. Edgar Hoover, Al Capone, Judy Garland, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra and every other notable of her era." "After immersing ourselves in Sophie's 400+ personal scrapbooks and meeting all of Tucker's surviving friends and family," says producer Lloyd Ecker, "this film biography is the complete uncensored tale of this vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television and Hollywood legend. Though she obsessively documented her life, Sophie loved to exaggerate for dramatic effect. Over the years, she told multiple versions of each important event. At the end, not even Sophie knew the difference between truth and tall tale". (C) Menemsha Films

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  • Fewer and fewer people have a first-person memory of her, unless they're old enough to have watched Ed Sullivan, but William Gazecki's heartfelt portrait all but brings her back to life.

    August 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    John Anderson

    Newsday
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  • I wish the film, which is mostly a standard-issue talking-heads-and-clips affair, had showcased more of her performing, but what we see still justifies her fleeting fame.

    July 24, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • She's a great character, so it's sad that "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker" isn't a better movie.

    July 24, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker" is an outrageously dull documentary. This is not the subject's fault.

    July 24, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The Outrageous Sophie Tucker is rich with such tall tales and juicy nuggets, befitting a larger-than-life icon.

    July 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Though placing the cheerleading Eckers front and center as key interview subjects gives their film a self-congratulatory, gee-whiz quality, "Outrageous" compensates by giving you a good sense of who Tucker was and how she got where she did.

    July 23, 2015 | Full Review…

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