The Runaways is a 2010 film based on the true story of the 1970s teenage female band called The Runaways, which was made up of Cheri Currie, Joan Jett (before the Black Hearts), Sandy West, Lita Ford, and Jackie Fox. They were best known for the song “Cherry Bomb.”
The film was actually co-produced by Joan Jett and Cheri Currie. It stars Dakota Fanning as Cheri and Kristen Stewart as Joan. I watched this movie for the first time about a year ago and for some reason it struck a chord with me. I will say that’s it’s nothing spectacular, and many will say it’s just your typical story of the rise and fall of a rock band and I would agree, but the thing that makes it a little bit different is that it’s about women in rock n roll, in the 70s, revolting against standards in the male dominated music industry. This was apparently the first known all female band to play heavier rock music and they garnered quite a bit of attention for that.
I was also impressed by Dakota’s performance in this movie, and Kristen Stewart was a good choice actress to portray Joan.
From the movie:
Tammy: My brother says guys don’t like girls who are tough. He says guys like girls to be soft and flirty.
Joan Jett: He would say that, he’s a pussy.
Tammy: He does spend a lot of time doing his bangs.
Kim Fowley: I like your style. A little Bowie, a little Bardot, and a look on your face that says I could kick the shit out of a truck driver.
Kim Fowley: Rock ‘n’ roll is a blood sport, a sport of men. It’s for the people in the dark, the death cats, the masturbators, the outcasts who have no voice, no way of saying I hate this world, my father’s a faggot, fuck you, fuck authority – I want an orgasm! Now, growl! Moan! This ain’t women’s lib, kiddies – the is women’s libido! I wanna see the scratch marks down their fucking backs! Now, do it again. Again. Like your boyfriend just fucked your sister in your parent’s bed.
Kim Fowley: Girls nowadays, they don’t have any role models. This band is self-empowerment, man – Aphrodite, Cleopatra, Eurydice! No more second-class status, sitting at concerts with asshole boyfriends who worship bands from a Popular Mechanics evaluation of amplifiers. The Runaways have the most chance of any group I’ve seen… To do with the Beatles did. To tear this world apart.