The first of two on-going series this month is all about Women in Film. It could be genres, actresses, filmmakers, whatever we please but it will be about one thing… Badass Women. Badass doesn’t have to tote a gun, they could just be tough as nails to take on An All-Boys Club like directing or Genre films. In fact, every Woman is a badass in their own right…
First up is Jonathan Kaplan’s answer to Christopher Cain’s All-Male Young Guns, Kaplan’s All-Female led Bad Girls. This slick early 90’s Western has a murder’s row of Actresses; Madeline Stowe, Drew Barrymore, Mary Stewart Masterson, and Andie MacDowell. Kaplan is in full-on Social Commentary by way of Exploitation here as the women have to go on the run after the justified murder of a man. Escapes, Bank Robberies, Pinkertons, and THE ROBERT LOGGIA… all play a part in a film that as much as Young Guns kicks ass… Bad Girls does it better and with more on its mind. This film out Young Guns-Young Guns by stealing one of its leads (Dermont Mulroney … or is it Dylan McDermont? I can never remember) and giving him a better role. Kaplan also smartly trade Jon Bon Jovi soundtrack for one by the great Jerry Goldsmith.
Release Year: 1994
Director(s): Jonathan Kaplan
Writers: Albert S. Ruddy, Charles Finch, Gray Frederickson, Ken Friedman, Yolande Finch
Stars: Madeline Stowe, Drew Barrymore, Mary Stewart Masterson, Andie MacDowell, James Russo, James LeGros, Robert Loggia, Dermot Mulroney, Jim Beaver, Nick Chinlund