Outrageous!

  • 1977
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy, Drama

A strange picture from first-time director Benner, who brings to the screen a look at mental patients, homosexuals, and transvestites. Russell is a gay hairdresser who does female impersonations at a Toronto nightclub, his best being Tallulah Bankhead and Bette Davis. He meets up with recently released mental patient McLaren who is determined to have a...read more

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A strange picture from first-time director Benner, who brings to the screen a look at mental patients, homosexuals, and transvestites. Russell is a gay hairdresser who does female impersonations at a Toronto nightclub, his best being Tallulah Bankhead and Bette Davis. He meets up with

recently released mental patient McLaren who is determined to have a child and lead a normal existence. The pair become closer, and McLaren becomes pregnant by another man. Russell gets fired because of his nightclub act and goes to New York, where he becomes a hit. McLaren goes off to have her

baby but plummets into depression when it is still-born. Eventually, the pair of crazies reunite with the hope of surviving in New York along with millions of other nutty people. Made on a minuscule budget of $165,000, OUTRAGEOUS! was considered by a number of Hollywood studios, none of which

wanted Benner to be at the helm. Luckily, he held out and produced it himself. The laughs are continuous from beginning to end, the impersonations exceptional, and the performances far above the norm. Russell was even awarded the Best Actor prize at the Berlin Film Festival. While at times

suffering from substandard production values, it is still a revealing and intelligent film.

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  • Released: 1977
  • Rating: R
  • Review: A strange picture from first-time director Benner, who brings to the screen a look at mental patients, homosexuals, and transvestites. Russell is a gay hairdresser who does female impersonations at a Toronto nightclub, his best being Tallulah Bankhead and… (more)

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