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Fugitive Girls Review


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In the Ed Wood-scripted Fugitive Girls, Wood and director A.C. Stephens give Quentin Tarantino a run for his money. Wood and Stephens ganged up before for the mid-'60s spook a-go-go romp Orgy of Dead (who can ever forget Criswell's strident command, "Bring me my nubian maiden!") and now the boys are in mid-'70s mode trying to add their leering skin flick touches to a Jack Hill-style escape-from-women's-prison tale. And as you would expect, given the Wood pedigree, it doesn't work at all by a green mile.

A pre-credit sequence reveals topless Dee (Margie Lanier) in bed with her sleazy boyfriend, who likes what he sees ("You have soft skin. I like it." "Everything about me is soft.") but decides in order to continue the action more booze is needed. Off to the liquor store they go and suddenly Dee is arrested for robbery and murder. After the credits she is taken to The Correctional Facility for Women, which looks like a kids' summer camp with new signs. There she meets her three prisoner inmates and soon enough Dee not only becomes the main squeeze of the group lesbian but ends up joining the gals when they run like hell and break out of jail to get to a stash of money. From then on it's Alice in Wonderland as the fugitive girls encounter a collection of screwballs on their way to getting caught -- a collection of vegan hippies who like to dance topless around a campfire, a lounge lizard in a late-model Cadillac, a group of flyspeck bikers and, when the gang invades a home in the middle of the night, a young couple -- a man in a wheelchair (Wood's homage to A Clockwork Orange) and his attractive wife (sounding like Arianna Huffington, she screams out to her husband, "Vill! Vill! Vake up!").

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