The Cockettes
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A chronicle of the rise and fall of the legendary San Francisco theatrical troupe, The Cockettes (1969-1972). As the psychedelic San Francisco of the '60's began evolving into the gay San Francisco of the '70's, The Cockettes, a flamboyant ensemble of hippies (women, gay men, and babies) decked themselves out in gender-bending drag and glitter for a series of legendary midnight musicals at the Palace Theater. The Cockettes were founded by "Hibiscus," a member of a commune that was dedicated to distributing free food and to creating free art and theater. The early… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Cockettes has the glorious, gaudy benefit of much stock footage of Those Days, featuring all manner of drag queen, bearded lady and lactating hippie."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"This expert, heartfelt movie establishes them as being as much a part of swingin' San Francisco as the Grateful Dead or the Beats."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"This is one of those rare docs that paints a grand picture of an era and makes the journey feel like a party."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"Gaudily filmed, tenderly imagined."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"A fascinating poke into the soul of the '60s."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"As Weber and Weissman demonstrate with such insight and celebratory verve, the Cockettes weren't as much about gender, sexual preference or political agitprop as they were simply a triumph of the indomitable human will to rebel, connect and create."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Manages to transcend the sex, drugs and show-tunes plot into something far richer."
‑ Loren King, Chicago Tribune
"Much has been written about those years when the psychedelic '60s grooved over into the gay '70s, but words don't really do the era justice. You have to see it."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"It's a warm, vibrant visit with a flock of freaky creative people and proves that being a total weirdo is a very good thing indeed."
‑ , E! Online
"In addition to lively interviews with surviving Cockettes features a dizzying array of vintage footage of the troupe in action."
‑ David Ehrenstein, New Times
"An insightfully cheeky entertainment."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"It celebrates the group's playful spark of nonconformity, glancing vividly back at what Hibiscus grandly called his 'angels of light.'"
‑ Misha Berson, Seattle Times
"One fantastic (and educational) documentary."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"An occasionally interesting but mostly repetitive look at a slice of counterculture that might be best forgotten."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"A fascinating case study of flower-power liberation -- and the price that was paid for it."
‑ Justin Hartung, Citysearch
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