The Cockettes
The Cockettes (2002)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: July 26, 2002
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
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Consensus: The Cockettes provides a colorful, eye-opening view of the counterculture 1960s.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Cockettes has the glorious, gaudy benefit of much stock footage of Those Days, featuring all manner of drag queen, bearded lady and lactating hippie.

Steven Rosen
Denver Post

This expert, heartfelt movie establishes them as being as much a part of swingin' San Francisco as the Grateful Dead or the Beats.

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Glenn Dunks

The film ... is a must see for anybody wanting to learn about alternative forms of drag and for those who want to know about a forgotten slice of pop culture.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

Loren King
Chicago Tribune

Manages to transcend the sex, drugs and show-tunes plot into something far richer.

Chris Gore
Film Threat

This is one of those rare docs that paints a grand picture of an era and makes the journey feel like a party.

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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

An insightfully cheeky entertainment.

Misha Berson
Seattle Times

It celebrates the group's playful spark of nonconformity, glancing vividly back at what Hibiscus grandly called his 'angels of light.'

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Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

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.

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