Friday, January 30, 2009

Ladies and Gentleman, Check Out TCM Underground Tonight

As part of its cult movie showcase "TCM Underground", Turner Classic Movies is airing the 1981 film Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains tonight at 2:30 am EST. The film stars Diane Lane as Corrinne "Third Degree" Burns, a rebellious teen who forms a punk band with her younger sister Tracy (played by Marin Kanter) and their cousin Jessica (Laura Dern). I remember that the USA channel used to show this film a lot on late night weekends. However, I didn't get around to watching it until this morning (I obtained a copy of the DVD from work several months ago).

The movie does a pretty good job of showing both the highs and lows of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. It also drives home the cold, hard fact that the same fans who worship you one minute can turn on you just as quickly if they suspect you of betrayal. Along with a young Diane Lane and Laura Dern, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains also features early film appearances by Brent Spiner (Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation), award-winning actress Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope) as Dern's mother, Tubes lead singer Fee Waybill as a has-been rocker, and ex-Sex Pistols Paul Cook and Steve Jones as members of a band called The Looters.

For more info on Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains, click here. You can also check out the trailer below:


JohnH985 said...

Sounds like something I would like. Unfortunely I don't get TCM so I might just have to look for this on DVD.

pjazzypar said...

I am going to Tivo this one! I could have missed this? I mean I never even heard of it. Stellar cast! Christine Lahti is one of the most underrated actors of all time. You know she is a native of the "mitten" state.

Malcolm said...

John: If you get around to watching it, let me know what you think.

Pjazzy: As a heads up, this aired last night. :-( However, you can always contact TCM to see if or when they will be showing it again.

I found out about Christine Lahti being from Birmingham, MI a few years ago. I've enjoyed her work for quite some time.

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