The Rocky Horror Picture Show

rockyhorrorpictureshow20th Century-Fox (1975) 98 min. R

Director: Jim Sharman

Screenplay: Richard O’Brien & Jim Sharman based on The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien

Cinematography: Peter Suschitzky; Editing: Graeme Clifford 

Art Direction: Terry Ackland-Snow

Costumes: Sue Blane; Score: Richard Hartley & Richard O’Brien

Stars: Tim Curry (Frank-N-Furter), Susan Sarandon (Janet Weiss), Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors), Richard O’Brien (Riff Raff), Patricia Quinn (Magenta), Nell Campbell (Columbia), Jonathan Adams (Dr. Everett Scott), Peter Hinwood (Rocky Horror), Meat Loaf (Eddie), Charles Gray (The Criminologist)

The quintessential cult film, rather than wearing thin its welcome The Rocky Horror Picture Show gets better with age. It’s the rare movie to actually improve with repeated viewings. As its generations of fans have discovered over the decades, familiarity with this one just breeds affection. Dismissed as a box-office bomb when released, its devoted cultists have turned Rocky Horror into the longest consecutively running film in history. What Danny Peary described in his Cult Movies as ’70s “cinema’s single greatest phenomenon outside of Star Wars,” Rocky Horror may in fact be, alongside Saturday Night Feverthe defining musical of its era. Certainly none better captured the fleeting zeitgeist of the Me Generation.

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