The Female Bunch

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The Female Bunch
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Al Adamson
Produced by Raphael Nussbaum
Mardi Rustam
Written by Jale Lockwood
Brent Nimrod
Raphael Nussbaum
Starring Russ Tamblyn
Jennifer Bishop
Lon Chaney Jr.
Alesha Lee
Geoffrey Land
Regina Carrol
Music by Jaime Mendoza-Nava
Cinematography Paul Glickman
Edited by Serge Goncharoff
Brent Nimrod
Dalia Productions
Mardi Rustam Films
Distributed by Gilbreth
Release date
  • September 1971 (1971-09)
Running time
86 minutes
Language English

The Female Bunch is a 1971 western film. It was directed by Al Adamson and starred Russ Tamblyn and Lon Chaney Jr. (in his final acting role in a feature film). The plot centered on a group of female criminals who cause trouble around the Mexican border. The Female Bunch was shot in the summer of 1969, at Spahn Ranch during the time that it was occupied by the Manson Family.

The film was distributed on DVD by Troma Entertainment.


After a string of bad times with men, Sandy tries to kill herself. Co-waitress Libby saves her and takes her to meet some female friends of hers who live on a ranch in the desert. Grace, the leader of the gang, puts Sandy through her initiation and they get on with the real job of running drugs across the Mexican border, hassling poor farmers, taking any man they please, and generally raising a little hell. Soon Sandy becomes unsure if this is the life for her, but it may be too late to get out.



In addition to Spahn Ranch, parts of the film were shot in Hanksville and Capitol Reef in Utah as well as Las Vegas, Nevada.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

The film shoot at Spahn Ranch is the setting for the short story "Another Fish Story" by horror and fantasy author Kim Newman, collected in the anthology Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth. Chaney, Tamblyn, and director Al Adamson appear as characters, as well as Charles Manson and several members of the Manson Family. In the story, which is loosely inspired by The Shadow over Innsmouth by H. P. Lovecraft, a mystic drifter makes a deal with Adamson to employ the over-the-hill Chaney for a mysterious mission in the desert in exchange for promising that the Manson Family's rowdy followers will not interrupt the film's shooting schedule any further with their disruptive behavior.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874. 

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