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Lipstick (1976)

A top fashion model seeks justice after she is brutally raped by her teenaged sister's music teacher.

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writer:

David Rayfiel (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaux Hemingway ... Chris McCormick
Chris Sarandon ... Gordon Stuart
Perry King ... Steve Edison
Anne Bancroft ... Carla Bondi
John Bennett Perry ... Martin McCormick
Mariel Hemingway ... Kathy McCormick
Francesco Scavullo ... Francesco (as Francesco)
Meg Wyllie ... Sister Margaret
Inga Swenson ... Sister Monica
Lauren Jones Lauren Jones ... Policewoman
William Paul Burns ... Judge (as Bill Burns)
Way Bandy Way Bandy ... Make-up Artist
Harry King Harry King ... Hairdresser
Sean Byrnes ... Photographers Helper
Catherine McLeod ... Vogue Lady
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Storyline

Composer Gordon Stuart brutally rapes a fashion model, goes to trial, gets freed, comes back and rapes her little sister. She takes revenge. Written by Humberto Amador

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of a woman's courage and a woman's revenge. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Violación See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,328,666

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,328,666
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film attracted a lot of controversy at the time of release due to the graphic nature of the rape scene. Rapes had been depicted onscreen before, Hope Lange's violation in Death Wish (1974) being a notable example, but they had rarely been shown in such detail and at such length. Lamont Johnson intended with the rape scene to almost make the audience feel that they were being subjected to the ordeal themselves. Unfortunately, many groups, mainly feminist ones, felt that he was merely exploiting the situation and his lead actress. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene with the shotgun, the edge of a green stuntman's mat (or airbag) is visible at the lower right side of the car. See more »

Quotes

Chris McCormick: Stop! You're killing me!
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Gila Monster (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Lipstick Montage
Written and Performed by Michel Polnareff, Arranged by Jimmie Haskell
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Another great psychological thriller from the 1970's
6 October 2005 | by abethell-2See all my reviews

The more I see references to the psychological drama/thriller movies of the 1970's, the more I wish I could see them again.

Lipstick (1976) was made during an era that saw thrillers like Duel, Badham County, Hardcore, The Dirty Harry series and politically incorrect teen movies like Animal House. The scripts and characterisations had to be good because this was pre special effects, they actually shot films outdoors in real life settings, not just studio caverns.

This is a beautifully made film and we can appreciate the freshness of the Hemingway sisters , as well as understand the difficulties a disturbed young man faces when his desires get the better of him.

The revenge aspect would make the viewer feel good as they see justice as being done.

Though in the end no one wins, expect viewers who are treated to almost 2 hours of suspense , escapism and possibly voyeurism as the girls are so attractive.

I am tired of the franchise films of today, the TV remakes, the special effects-making actors and writers redundant when good scripts and real life locations are needed to help us identify with the situation.


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