The Ladies Club

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • R
  • Crime, Drama

Joan Taylor (Karen Austin), a police officer, is mercilessly attacked in her own home by a gang of vicious rapists. Hospitalized following the attack, she meets Dr. Constance Lewis (Christine Belford), whose young daughter was raped and murdered by a serial child rapist man fresh out of prison. Joan's attackers are arrested, but she is outraged when they...read more

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Joan Taylor (Karen Austin), a police officer, is mercilessly attacked in her own home by a gang of vicious rapists. Hospitalized following the attack, she meets Dr. Constance Lewis (Christine Belford), whose young daughter was raped and murdered by a serial child rapist man fresh out of prison. Joan's attackers are arrested, but she is outraged when they are tried and found not guilty. After receiving more than a hundred sympathetic letters from rape victims and their family members — including Lucy (Diana Scarwid), whose teenage sister was permanently traumatized after a vicious assault — Joan and Constance organize a meeting, out of which comes a drastic remedy. The women decide to hunt down repeat rapists and castrate them, starting with the thug (Micholas Worth) who brutalized Lucy's sister. Making her feature debut, TV director Janet Greek does a commendable job of presenting the pain and humiliation of a rape victim. THE LADIES CLUB falls squarely into a tradition of rape-revenge films that includeds I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978), MS.45 (1981) and SUDDEN DEATH (1985), and raises the usual disturbong questions, which Greek answers them in a variety of ways. The performances particularly Austin's, are fine, though Greek treats the attackers as simplistic stereotypes and allows some incomprehensible gaps in story logic. These moments mar an otherwise thought-provoking film.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Joan Taylor (Karen Austin), a police officer, is mercilessly attacked in her own home by a gang of vicious rapists. Hospitalized following the attack, she meets Dr. Constance Lewis (Christine Belford), whose young daughter was raped and murdered by a seria… (more)

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