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USA 83m, B&W
Director: Russ Meyer; Cast: Tura Satana, Haji, Lori Williams, Sue Bernard, Stuart Lancaster
Faster Pussycat is an early benchmark in the genre of exploitation cinema. It’s title characters are sexy exotic-dancing, fast car-driving, scary men-bashing women who are out for nobody but themselves. This film is full of surprises, including some interesting plot developments which pit the pussycats against a shotgun toting rapist in a wheelchair and his mentally challenged but physically powerful son who have a history of hurting young women. Notwithstanding a rather dull “happy” ending, this movie has undoubtedly been a major inspiration to film makers like Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez and the revival of “grindhouse” style films (Klaus Ming April 2009).