TRUCK STOP WOMEN

Mark L. Lester, USA, 1974, Titan Global, Cult

“God only knows what the MPAA was thinking when it gave a pass to this '74 drive-in staple, whose title promises upbeat T&A thrills in the style of Roger Corman for a film that's closer to Russ Meyer in its brutal violence and rampant bare skin. No surprise with director Mark L. Lester at the helm, in one of his earliest outings before he went on to glory with CLASS OF 1984, BOBBIE JO AND THE OUTLAW, ROLLER BOOGIE and the immortal COMMANDO.

The film doesn't pull any punches right off the bat, as mobsters bust into the home of their competition and repeatedly blast him into a bloody, bullet-riddled mess while he's enjoying sexy suds in the bathtub with his naked girlfriend, who also gets offed for her trouble. The mob is working its way across the country, with eyes on a truck stop run by Anna (Lieux Dressler, KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS) and daughter Rose (exploitation favorite Claudia Jennings, GATOR BAIT), which is actually a front for a brothel.

Tonally wide in that way only '70s films could pull off, TRUCK STOP WOMEN is a fascinating collage of C&W songs, bloody tragedy and far better performances than you'd expect from both Dressler and Jennings, the latter fated to die a mere five years later in a car accident.” (Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital)

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Details

  • 88 min.
  • Color
  • 2.35:1

Formats

  • DCP

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