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Tank Girl

Film poster for Tank Girl
Directed by Rachel Talalay
Produced by Tom Astor
Written by Tedi Sarafian
Alan Martin (comic)
Jamie Hewlett (comic)
Starring Lori Petty
Ice-T
Naomi Watts
Music by Graeme Revell
Cinematography Gale Tattersall
Editing by James R. Symons
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) March 31, 1995
Running time 104 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $25,000,000 (estimated)
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

Tank Girl is a 1995 film based on the Tank Girl comic book, created by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett. It was directed by Rachel Talalay and stars Lori Petty as Rebecca Buck, aka the eponymous Tank Girl. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Rachel Talalay is a film and television screenwriter, director and producer. ... Lori Petty (born October 14, 1963 in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is an American movie actress. ... Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958)[1], better known by stage name Ice-T, and nickname is an American rapper, rock musician, author, former United States Army soldier, and actor. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress, raised predominately raised in Australia. ... Graeme Revell was born in New Zealand in 1955. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... USD redirects here. ... The year 1995 in film involved some significant events. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... cover art to Tank Girl: The Odyssey Tank Girl is a British comic character written by Alan Martin and originally drawn by Jamie Hewlett; currently by Ashley Wood. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... UK Writer - Creator of Tank Girl See also Wierd Studio Bunch ... Jamie Hewlett is joint creator of Tank Girl and a member of Gorillaz. ... Rachel Talalay is a film and television screenwriter, director and producer. ... Lori Petty (born October 14, 1963 in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is an American movie actress. ... An eponym is a person (real or fictitious) whose name has become identified with a particular object or activity. ...

Contents

Plot

Unlike the strip's non-linear, stream of consciousness, absurdist cut-and-paste sort of structure, the film has a standard timeline. The plot revolves around the fact that Tank Girl and her rebel group are attacked by Water & Power, a powerful force that controls the remaining water on a dystopian Earth, led by Kesslee (Malcolm McDowell). A young girl named Sam (TG's boyfriend's daughter, as it's revealed in The Making of... book) is abducted and the story revolves around TG's quest to save her and seek vengeance against those who killed her crew with the help of Jet Girl (Naomi Watts), the rippers and Booga (Jeff Kober), who has a noticeably different personality than in the comics. In literary criticism, stream of consciousness is a literary technique that seeks to portray an individuals point of view by giving the written equivalent of the characters thought processes, either in a loose interior monologue, or in connection to his or her sensory reactions to external occurrences. ... Absurdism is a philosophy, usually translated into different art forms, that holds that any attempt to understand the universe will fail. ... The cut-up technique, also known as fishbowling, is an aleatory literary technique or genre in which a text is cut up at random and rearranged to create a new text. ... A dystopia (or alternatively cacotopia) is a fictional society, usually portrayed as existing in a future time, when the conditions of life are extremely bad due to deprivation, oppression, or terror. ... Malcolm McDowell (born 13 June 1943) is a British actor. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress, raised predominately raised in Australia. ... Jeff Kober (born December 18, 1953) is an American actor, known for his performances on television and film. ...


Production

Rachel Talalay, longtime producer of John Waters, had fallen in love with the comic after receiving an issue for Christmas one year from her stepdaughter, and set out to make 'the ultimate Grrrrl Movie'. Although the resulting film has a considerable cult following along with the far more widely acclaimed comics, Talalay has complained that the studio interfered significantly in the story, screenplay and feel of the movie.[1][2][3] John Waters (born April 22, 1946) is an American filmmaker, writer, personality, visual artist and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. ... This article does not discuss cultist groups, personality cults, or cult in its original sense of religious practice. See cult (disambiguation) for more meanings of the term cult. A cult following is a group of fans devoted to a specific area of pop culture. ...


Studio-cut scenes included:

  • a much extended role for Sub Girl, like having her build an ark which turns out to be a sand-sub
  • opening sequence where the comet crashes into the Earth and obliterates everything - lots of SpFx by the Skotaks. Little Rebecca in a trailer park, survives pathetically, like in Them!
  • a scene with little Sam grabbing all the guards' guns during the Cole Porter number, and Jet getting all Liza Minnelli
  • an opening scene in which "an old lady sand hermit digs up a bottle of water, dances a little jig, then drinks it like in an orange juice commercial. then a Water and Power pilot finds she's taken water and brutally shoots her dead. He reclaims the water, but is attacked by a ripper. Tank Girl witnesses all this on her buffalo, replacing the Blade Runner-like studio-imposed introductory voice-over narration, which Talalay says both she and Petty hated.
  • a scene with TG and Booga in bed (in a more untoward way than shown in the final cut)
  • a scene with TG getting stoned and playing with her collection of dildos
  • lots more gags in the 'tank chase' scene including a part with TG using her squirt gun and putting a condom on a banana before throwing it at a guard[4]

The 'rippers' are also changed in the movie from a group of ordinary (albeit talking and a bit mutated) kangaroos to a new race of genetically-modified supersoldiers with spliced kangaroo DNA. The special effects make-up was created by Stan Winston's studio, who reportedly loved the project so much that they cut their prices in half.[5] This article is about the vessel described in the Hebrew scriptures. ... Comet Hale-Bopp Comet West For other uses, see Comet (disambiguation). ... For the Beth Orton album, see Trailer Park (album). ... Categories: Movie stubs | 1954 films | Science fiction films ... Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Peru, Indiana. ... Liza Minnelli (born March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and singer. ... The jig (sometimes seen in its French language or Italian language forms gigue or giga) is a folk dance type as well as the accompanying dance tune type, popular in Ireland and Scotland. ... Binomial name (Linnaeus, 1758) Subspecies B. b. ... This article is about the 1982 film. ... A voice-over is a narration that is played on top of a video segment, usually with the audio for that segment muted or lowered. ... For the Canadian town, see Dildo, Newfoundland and Labrador. ... A water pistol A squirt gun (or water pistol) is a type of toy designed to shoot water. ... This article is about the male contraceptive device. ... Its true that everything old is new again which is why youre once again seeing people wearing KangaROOS shoes. ... Genetic engineering, genetic modification (GM), and gene splicing (once in widespread use but now deprecated) are terms for the process of manipulating genes in an organism, usually outside of the organisms normal reproductive process. ... In Halo 2 the SPARTAN project was made to create supersoldiers. ... Prosthetic makeup is the process of using prosthetic sculpting, molding and casting techniques to create advanced cosmetic effects. ... Stan Winston (born April 7, 1946, in Richmond, Virginia), is an Academy Award winning special effects and makeup artist, and film director. ...


Emily Lloyd was originally cast as the title character, but dropped out just before filming began, refusing to shave her head for the role. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Headshaving is the removal of hair from the head of people usually by means of a razor or an electric shaver. ...


Reaction

The film was panned by critics and failed at the box office, only grossing $4 Million against a $25 million dollar budget. Roger Ebert, while praising the film's ambition, said the film's manic energy wore him down, and he couldn't much care about it for more than a moment at a time: Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...

Whatever the faults of "Tank Girl," lack of ambition is not one of them. Here is a movie that dives into the bag of filmmaking tricks and chooses all of them. Trying to re-create the multimedia effect of the comic books it's based on, the film employs live action, animation, montages of still graphics, animatronic makeup, prosthetics, song-and-dance routines, models, fake backdrops, holography, title cards, matte drawings and computerized special effects. All I really missed were 3-D and Smell-O-Vision.[6] Look up Multimedia in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by flesh-and-blood actors, as opposed to animation. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... Montage is a French word, translated as a verb, to edit, or a masculine noun, assembly. ... Graphic redirects here. ... Animatronic is the third album from Norweigan black metal band, The Kovenant, and was released in 1999 through Nuclear Blast. ... Cosmetics or makeup are substances to enhance the beauty of the human body, apart from simple cleaning. ... A United States soldier demonstrates Foosball with two prosthetic limbs In medicine, a prosthesis is an artificial extension that replaces a missing part of the body. ... A musical film belongs to a film genre that features songs, sung by the actors, interwoven into the narrative. ... A scale model is a representation or copy of an object that is larger or smaller than the actual size of the object being represented. ... Theatrical scenery is that which is used as a setting for a theatrical production. ... This article is about the photographic technique. ... In motion pictures, an intertitle (also known as a title card) is a piece of filmed, printed text edited into the midst of (i. ... Mattes are used in photography and filmmaking to insert part of a foreground image onto a background image, which is often a matte painting, a background filmed by the second unit, or computer generated imagery. ... Computer-generated imagery (commonly abbreviated as CGI) is the application of the field of computer graphics (or more specifically, 3D computer graphics) to special effects in films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media. ... In film, the term 3-D (or 3D) is used to describe any visual presentation system that attempts to maintain or recreate moving images of the third dimension, the illusion of depth as seen by the viewer. ... Smell-o-vision is the name given to a type of film where the viewer can smell what is happening in the movie. ...

In the wake of poor box-office gross, Deadline collapsed, having apparently taken huge gambles on Tank Girl merchandising, and the character and the strip have only recently re-appeared. Although the creators Hewlett and Martin had joked in numerous interviews about how Jazz Festival box Office, Edmonton A box office is a place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue. ... Deadline was a British magazine published between 1988 and 1995. ... A coffee mug bearing the logo of a company or organization is a common example of product merchandising. ...

We'd totally like to sell her out to Hollywood. It'd be cool if a bunch of tinseltown producers could get hold of her, totally misunderstand what they're dealing with, ignore our advice, and bring out a movie that would bomb, alienate our fan-base, destroy the comic, and bankrupt the pair of us in the process,[7]

and how they only did the film to "get lots of cash to do what we really want to do: Go on holiday!", both were pretty disappointed with the movie. Their involvement with the production was limited to say the least. ... Cleopatra is the biggest box-office bomb of all time. ...

We wanted Crispin Glover to be in it. But apparently they won't work with him. He's too weird: people say he collects human ears.[8]

For the Scarling. ...

Cast

Bongwater performance artist Ann Magnuson and godfather of punk Iggy Pop also cameo as The Madame and Rat face, respectively. Lori Petty (born October 14, 1963 in Chattanooga, Tennessee) is an American movie actress. ... Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958)[1], better known by stage name Ice-T, and nickname is an American rapper, rock musician, author, former United States Army soldier, and actor. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress, raised predominately raised in Australia. ... Jeff Kober (born December 18, 1953) is an American actor, known for his performances on television and film. ... Reginald E. Cathey (born August 18, 1958) is an American film and television actor. ... Scott Coffey (born May 1, 1967[1]) is an American actor, director, and writer. ... Malcolm McDowell (born 13 June 1943) is a British actor. ... Ann Cusack (born on May 22, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American actress. ... Dawn Robinson on her album Dawn Dawn Robinson (born November 28, 1968 in New London, Connecticut) is an African-American R&B/soul/Dance-pop singer mostly best known for her work as a member of hit Urban/Dance-pop group En Vogue. ... James Hong (吳漢章, pinyin: Wu Hanzhang, born 22 February 1929) is an American actor and former president of the Association of Asian/Pacific American Artists (AAPAA). ... Douglas Jones (born May 24, 1960) is an American actor. ... Bongwater was an oftentimes trippy college rock band formed by Ann Magnuson and Mark Kramer (boss of the Shimmy Disc record label) in 1985 and dissolved in 1992. ... Performance art is art where the actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time, constitute the work. ... Ann Magnuson (January 4, 1956) is an American actress, performance artist, and nightclub performer who first gained prominence in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan. ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ...


Soundtrack

Tank Girl Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack by various arists
Released March 28, 1995
Genre Alternative rock
Hardcore Rap
Label Warner Bros./Elektra
Professional reviews

The music consultant who assembled the soundtrack for the film was Courtney Love. Rachel Talalay originally wanted Elvis Costello to do the cover version of "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love", but he declined, and the song was instead performed as a duet by Joan Jett and Paul Westerberg. In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... Hardcore hip hop is a form of hip hop music that has confrontational, often violent lyrics, and generally sparse, gritty urban beats. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Warner Bros. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 3_stars. ... Courtney Love[1] (born Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964) is an American rock musician. ... Rachel Talalay is a film and television screenwriter, director and producer. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... Lets Do It, Lets Fall in Love (1928) is the first of Cole Porters famous list songs. ... Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin on September 22, 1960) is an American rock guitarist, singer, producer and actress. ... Westerberg during a performance. ...


The soundtrack album was released on March 28, 1995 on Warner Bros./Elektra Records. is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Warner Bros. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ...


Track listing

  1. "Ripper Soul" by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, performed by STOMP! – 1:42
  2. "Army of Me" by Björk – 3:56
  3. "Girl U Want" by Devo – 3:51
  4. "Mockingbird Girl" by The Magnificent Bastards featuring Scott Weiland – 3:30
  5. "Shove" by L7 – 3:11
  6. "Drown Soda" by Hole – 3:50
  7. "Bomb" by Bush – 3:23
  8. "Roads" by Portishead – 5:04
  9. "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love" by Joan Jett and Paul Westerberg – 2:23
  10. "Thief" by Belly – 3:12
  11. "Aurora" by Veruca Salt – 4:03
  12. "Big Gun" by Ice-T – 3:54

Luke Cresswell is a founder of dance percussion act Stomp Dance Troupe, a self-taught percussionist and one-time member of Britains leading busking/cabaret musical group Pookiesnackenburger. ... Steve McNicholas is a founder of Stomp Dance Troupe, having worked as an actor/musician/writer with Cliff Hanger Theatre Co. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Army of Me was released in 1995 and was the first single to be taken from the album Post. ... This article is about the musician. ... Devo (pronounced DEE-vo or dee-VO, often spelled DEVO or DEV-O) is an American New Wave group formed in Akron, Ohio in 1972. ... Scott Weiland (born Scott Richard Kline, October 27, 1967, Santa Cruz, California [1]) is an American musician, lyricist, and vocalist. ... L7 was an all-female grunge band that was active between 1985 and 2000. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the town, see Portishead, Somerset. ... Lets Do It, Lets Fall in Love (1928) is the first of Cole Porters famous list songs. ... Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin on September 22, 1960) is an American rock guitarist, singer, producer and actress. ... Westerberg during a performance. ... Belly was a musical band formed in 1991 by former Throwing Muses members Tanya Donelly (also in The Breeders with Kim Deal) and Fred Abong. ... Veruca Salt is an alternative rock group of the 1990s and 2000s. ... Tracy Marrow (born February 16, 1958)[1], better known by stage name Ice-T, and nickname is an American rapper, rock musician, author, former United States Army soldier, and actor. ...

Other songs in the film

The comics themselves, in keeping with their experimental and often metafictional nature, commonly featured "soundtrack suggestions", like The Vaselines, The Senseless Things, and The Pastels. Rachel Sweet (born July 28, 1962 in Akron, Ohio) is an American singer and actress. ... Big Time Sensuality is a song by Björk, released as the fourth single from her 1993 album Debut. ... This article is about the musician. ... Richard Hell (1949 - ) born Richard Myers, was the frontman for the early American punk band Richard Hell and the Voidoids. ... face to face was a punk band from Victorville, California. ... Sky Cries Mary is a musical group from Seattle, Washington that formed in the early 1990s. ... Shaft is a 1971 Academy Award winning film directed by Gordon Parks. ... For the American arctic explorer, see Isaac Israel Hayes Isaac Lee Hayes (born August 20, 1942, in Covington, Tennessee) is an American soul and funk singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, and actor best known as the voice of Chef on the Emmy-winning animated sitcom South Park. ... Two different metal bands from the Los Angeles area had the name Beowulf: Beowülf (Venice band), a 1980s crossover thrash band based in Venice, California. ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ... Experimental literature are written works - often novels or magazines - that place great emphasis on innovations regarding technique and style . ... Metafiction is a kind of fiction which self-consciously addresses the devices of fiction. ... The Vaselines were a rock band from Bellshill, Scotland. ... The Pastels are a group from Glasgow, Scotland, UK. They have been described as an almost pop group. ...


Trivia

(right to left) Tank Girl, Jet Girl and the modified Stuart M5A1
  • The tank used in the movie is a heavily modified Stuart M5A1.
  • The words 'Tank Girl', 'Jet Girl' or 'Sub Girl' are never spoken in the movie - everyone always calls TG 'Rebecca' or 'Beckie', JG 'Jet', and SG's only a cameo, so she's never called anything except 'liar' and 'rain lady' (although in the deleted scenes Beckie does refer them as 'Jet Girl' and 'Sub Girl')
  • Three of the Spice Girls members: Emma Bunton, Geri Haliwell, and Victoria Adams auditioned for the role of Tank Girl
  • Björk was originally cast as Sub Girl, but Ann Cusack took over, apparently at Petty's suggestion after working together on A League of Their Own
  • Steven Spielberg and his production company at one point expressed some interest in the project, but later decided it was "too hip" for him. This gave rise to a sort of catch-phrase used by the comics and fans thereof: "too hip for Spielberg"
  • Sara Stockbridge modeled as Tank Girl for a series of promotional photos to help her get the part in the movie. Though unsuccessful in getting the role, the photos themselves became well known and for a time were seen on the covers of magazines like ELLE, Vogue and The Face
  • The tank has a little Salvador Dalí ornament that dangles from the antenna like fuzzy dice
  • In the film's climax in which the Rippers are leaping around and fighting the employees of Water and Power, the actor's wires are clearly visible.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links TankGirlsTank. ... Image File history File links TankGirlsTank. ... The Stuart was an American light tank of World War II in use with British forces prior to the entry of the USA into the European theatre. ... Deleted scene is a commonly-used term in the entertainment industry, especially the film and television industry, which usually refers specifically to scenes removed from or replaced by another scene in the final cut, or version, of a film (including television serials). ... The Spice Girls are a British all-female pop group, formed in London in 1994. ... Emma Lee Bunton (born 21 January 1976) is an English pop singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Victoria Caroline Beckham (née Adams; born 17 April 1974) is an English singer, songwriter, dancer, fashion designer, businesswoman, and occasional actress. ... This article is about the musician. ... A League of Their Own is a 1992 film which tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). ... Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... A silhouetted appearance of Elliot and E.T. from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Amblin Entertainments mascots. ... A catch phrase is a word, phrase or expression that is associated with a particular person or fictional character. ... Sarah Stockbridge became famous as a model for Vivienne Westwood in the late 1980s. ... ELLE is a worldwide magazine that focuses on womens fashion, beauty, health, and entertainment. ... For other meanings, see vogue. ... For other uses, see The Face (disambiguation). ... Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquis of Púbol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), was a Spanish surrealist painter of Catalan descent born in Figueres, Catalonia (Spain). ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...

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