Bad Girls (1994 film)

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Bad Girls
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Directed by Jonathan Kaplan
Produced by Charles Finch
Written by Ken Friedman
Yolande Turner
Starring Madeleine Stowe
Mary Stuart Masterson
Andie MacDowell
Drew Barrymore
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Ralf D. Bode
Edited by Jane Kurson
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
April 22, 1994
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $15,240,435 (US)[1]

Bad Girls is a 1994 western film starring Madeleine Stowe, Mary Stuart Masterson, Andie MacDowell and Drew Barrymore. It was directed by Jonathan Kaplan from a screenplay by Ken Friedman and Yolande Turner.

The story follows four former prostitutes on the run following a justifiable homicide and prison escape, who later encounter difficulties involving bank robbery and Pinkerton detectives.

Kaplan previously directed two of the film's stars: Masterson in Immediate Family (1989) and Stowe in Unlawful Entry (1992). Very unique story

Plot[edit]

Due to extenuating circumstances in their lives, four women in a town called Echo City end up working together in a brothel. When one of them, Anita, is abused by a customer, another, Cody, kills the man.

This causes the foursome to go on the lam, where they discuss riding to Oregon and running a saw mill. Along the way, Cody encounters a man named McCoy and strikes up a romantic interest, while an outlaw named Jarrett intends to force her to pull off a robbery. The women, experts with horses and guns, manage to overcome most obstacles on their way to a better life.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music to Bad Girls was written by veteran composer Jerry Goldsmith, who composed the music as a cross between the style of his 1960s westerns and a contemporary sound. The soundtrack has been released twice; through Fox Records on 10 May 1994 and an extended, limited edition through La-La Land Records on 28 June 2011.[2]

Tracklist for the La-La Land edition (tracks in italics also on the Fox release, asterisked tracks include previously unreleased material):

  1. The John (2:19)
  2. The Hanging (2:06)
  3. Which Way? (:42)
  4. The Snake (1:20)
  5. The Saw Mill (1:56)
  6. Keep Moving (:57)
  7. Bank Job* (5:16)
  8. The Gang/The Posse (:56)
  9. Return to the Fold (4:06)
  10. Don’t Hurt Me (1:45)
  11. Jail Break (3:27)
  12. No Money (2:09)
  13. The Guests (:36)
  14. Welcome to My Home (1:20)
  15. The Pleasure of Your Company (:48)
  16. Ambush (5:45)
  17. What’s Your Name? (1:18)
  18. The Claim (:25)
  19. Together (:39)
  20. I Shot Him* (2:46)
  21. Put It On (1:32)
  22. River Crossing (:34)
  23. Rescued (3:03)
  24. Josh’s Death (3:41)
  25. No Bullets (3:53)
  26. My Land/End Credits (6:53)

Reception[edit]

Bad Girls had received overwhelming negative reviews by critics upon its release and currently holds a 9% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 3.5 out of 10.[3]

In his April 22, 1994 Chicago Sun-Times review, Roger Ebert wrote: "What a good idea, to make a Western about four tough women. And what a sad movie." Janet Maslin, in her New York Times review on the same day, ridiculed the film as "Cowpoke Barbie."

Home media[edit]

The US theatrical version was released on VHS. The VHS re-release as well as the DVD contain an uncut extended version.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bad Girls (1994)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Clemmensen, Christian. Bad Girls soundtrack review. Filmtracks.com. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  3. ^ "Bad Girls". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 

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