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Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

Released 1982
Distributor Paramount

About Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

Nearly a lost film, music maven Lou Adler’s cheerful 1982 film about an inadvertent punk band was shot under the title All Washed Up and was shelved after a disastrous preview, only to be revived on the art house circuit in 1985. At one point there was only one surviving print, which was frequently programmed at Santa Monica’s Nuart Theater. Diane Lane and Laura Dern are the not-so-fabulous Stains with various real life rockers (including Steve Jones, Paul Simonon and Fee Waybill) fleshing out their rival bands. Cinematography by Bruce Surtees, the DP behind the majority of Clint Eastwood’s more iconic films.

About Ti West

Ti West is the writer and director of The Roost, Trigger Man, The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, V/H/S/ (Second Honeymoon) & The Sacrament.  In general, he is a big fan of movies and the trailers that come before them.
  • George Prager

    Great movie. Saw it first on USA Night Flight in the 80s. (and it was Diane Lane’s sixth movie).

    • Alex

      Night Flight!! Man, that show was so punk in it’s anything goes way. I remember being exposed to lots of cool different and new things via that show.
      I think Cinefamily is showing this soon?
      Little Romance is a hidden gem. Much like Jennifer Connely it’s crazy to see how young and beautiful Diane Lane was right off the bat.

  • Burl

    You sold me when you said “If you like Rock n’ Roll High School…!” Because, ha ha, I sure do! Did you know that poor Paul Bartel had to receive a paper plane in the ear nearly sixteen times in a row on that picture? It’s true! Anyway, I’m going to seek out Fabulous Stains and watch it on this recommendation! Ha ha, that’s why I love this website!

    • Ground Control To Uncle Tom

      Oh Burl, you magnificent bastard

  • kirdoodle

    Great commentary! And, yeah, it’s mind blowing to compare this with Diane Lane’s actual debut feature A LITTLE ROMANCE from a few years earlier.

  • Russell Hammond

    The movie was shot in Vancouver, B.C. in the late 70’s. Some of the Stains performances were shot at the Coquitlam Centre Mall. I remember there was a bit of a scandal when the the production hit up the local high schools for teenaged extras. I don’t think they were told what the movie was. Had a chance to talk to Ray Winstone a few years ago – he said he’s never seen the movie. Movie was in DVD purgatory for a few years – couldn’t get it on DVD for years. I think music rights were a stumbling block. Nice commentary Ti!

  • JoeS

    Saw this in a rare 35mm print at the New Beverly a few years back. Hard to believe this was sold as a teen comedy. A refreshingly R-rated take on the punk scene. Doubtful, it would be made or marketed that way today.

  • marcogigantes77

    GREAT movie. Diane Lane was AWESOME as Corinne Burns. She was always gonna be a star. Yes, this was NOT Diane’s first movie. She had done several before… including George Roy Hill’s ‘A LITTLE ROMANCE’ which is also a great movie (but VERY different) from ‘FABULOUS STAINS’. Great commentary and PLEASE check out the DVD with Diane Lane and Laura Dern’s commentary. It is hilarious!