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  • Summary: This documentary shines a spotlight on the forgotten first ladies of the ring. Each woman reflects on her own remarkable life with fond and bitter memories, reconciling a wild, flamboyant youth with the reality of getting older and fading away. (Ruthless Films)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The film dwells more on the sensationalistic aspects than the sport itself but it's impossible to deny the tawdry entertainment value in this compelling film tabloid.
  2. An entertaining look at a genuinely offbeat subject.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Smart assembly of terrific archive footage is matched by spirited interviews with the tough old broads today.
  4. 70
    Generous, slyly tough-minded documentary.
  5. 63
    The documentary visits elderly women who, then and now, can best be described as tough broads, and listens as they describe the early days of women's wrestling. What they say is not as revealing as how they say it.
  6. This visually stylish work, with its vintage glamour photos, film and television clips, and snippets from a 1951 B-movie, "Racket Girls," is more of a scrapbook than a coherent history of the sport during its rough-and-tumble infancy.
  7. 50
    Leitman's interviews are lax and inconclusive.

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  1. JimG.
    Sep 10, 2005
    6
    Leitman has drawn out, mostly in the unspoken moments, a wonderful story of contrast: paths chosen and unchosen, modesty and arrogance, Leitman has drawn out, mostly in the unspoken moments, a wonderful story of contrast: paths chosen and unchosen, modesty and arrogance, school learning and school of hard knocks. In many ways these women inhabit a world of their own but their story says a lot about the world around them. What fun. Expand

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