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Mudhoney

1965 1h 32m Drama List
Reviews 73% Audience Score 500+ Ratings As the Great Depression wears on, Calif (John Furlong), who's fresh out of prison, wanders into a backwoods Missouri town, where he becomes a hired hand under farmer Lute (Stu Lancaster). Hannah (Antoinette Cristiani), Lute's pretty niece, is strongly attracted to Calif, and the feeling is mutual, but their shared passion enrages Sidney (Hal Hopper), Hannah's drunken lecher of a husband. With the help of an unhinged preacher, Sidney turns the locals against Calif and organizes a lynch mob. Read More Read Less

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Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Lacerating Sep 25, 2009 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Meyer proves he's a square at heart, that he prefers big breasts over good acting and makes undemanding B films. Rated: C Oct 29, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Matthew D A gritty, visual and at times humorous slice of Southern-Gothic melodrama. One of Russ Meyer's best. I'm looking forward to reading the book. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/30/22 Full Review Audience Member not one of russ meyer's best efforts Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member This is not a typical Russ Myer's sex farce. There's some nudity and simulated rape. There's an actual story in this movie. It's centered around a counry madame with two daughters with low cut dresses and is said to brew moonshine wiskey. A drifter comes across the women and who send him to a local farm with an abusive husband and a sick old man and his niece who is married to the abusive husband. The bad guy spends more time partying with the women and drinking the moonshine than he spends at home. It was made in the mid 1960's before the current rating system was adopted. It's in black and white because color was expensive in the 1960's and this is a very low budget movie. The story is set in the early 1930's during the depression and the end of the prohibition era. It's a rual setting and is filmed in old abandoned farm houses. In the 1960's there were still a lot of old abandoned houses in the rual parts of the country that had been abandoned in the 1930's through 1950's. The actors are Russ Myer's stock players. The strange part of the movie is Myer's take on religion. The preacher charater is a true holy roller that may have been in place in the 1800's but is not a 20th century minister. He's dressed in 19th century clothes and talks a lot of jibberish in a 19th century style but he never actually quotes any Bible verses. Myer's liked to use religious charaters to turn his movies into morality plays. That's after he has his evil character's engage in all sorts of deviant behavior. In this case he has the bad guy abuse his wife and then has him rape and murder the preacher's sister. He then kills the off the deviant charaters at the end of the movie, in this case the rapist/murderer is hung by a lynch mob and the crazy preacher who leads the lynch mob is shot by the town sheriff. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member While not quite on the level of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! or Vixen, Mudhoney is still one of Meyer's strongest films. It is also a fairly decent introduction to the man's work, though unlike his most famous films this one is more of a drama. That's not to say there's no humor here though. The plot is straight out of Tennessee Williams, but it's the film's style that once again sets it apart. Meyer was an assured photographer and a genius editor, and both talents come to bear here. The use of caricature to make a satirical point about mob mentality is surprisingly timely even today. The sweaty, grimy, unpleasant characters cackle and wheeze in obsessive close-up as Meyer reveals a gift for the grotesque to rival Fellini or Buñuel. This is one of the grimmest of Meyer's 60s films, but of course there are plenty of knockers on display. Well-cast, nicely shot, beautifully edited, and tightly written, Mudhoney is a strong piece of sleazy entertainment. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review sarfaraz a Finally a movie by Russ Meyer, with little bit of dramatic scenes, little bit of nudity (this time). Simply outstanding close-up shots of objects, making the movie look simply adorable to watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Exceptionally well-made for an exploitation feature. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis As the Great Depression wears on, Calif (John Furlong), who's fresh out of prison, wanders into a backwoods Missouri town, where he becomes a hired hand under farmer Lute (Stu Lancaster). Hannah (Antoinette Cristiani), Lute's pretty niece, is strongly attracted to Calif, and the feeling is mutual, but their shared passion enrages Sidney (Hal Hopper), Hannah's drunken lecher of a husband. With the help of an unhinged preacher, Sidney turns the locals against Calif and organizes a lynch mob.
Director
Russ Meyer
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 32m