Film / Switchblade Sisters

Donut . . . Bunny . . . Maggie . . . Lace . . . Patch . . . The wildest girl gang that ever blasted the streets!
A 1975 film directed by Jack Hill.

The Silver Daggers are a gang of young hoods who control an inner-city high school, where they sell drugs and sex to the student body and fight anyone who gets in their way. The Daggers have a ladies' auxiliary, The Dagger Debs, who rumble just as hard as the men, but one day chief Dagger Deb Lace meets her match in Maggie, a new kid who won't back down. When a scuffle lands Maggie and the Debs in jail for the night, Maggie comes to Lace's rescue, and Maggie becomes Lace's new right-hand woman. However, fellow Deb Patch is jealous of Maggie's friendship with Lace, and begins spinning a web of deceit to destroy Lace's trust in the new deb. In the midst of the infighting, the Silver Daggers find their turf challenged by a rival gang who pose as a community action team, and the Debs join forces with a revolutionary political group.

Provides examples of:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Dominic for Lace.
  • Big Eater: Donut
  • Distaff Counterpart: Dagger Debs (Jezebels) for Silver Daggers.
  • Doing It for the Art: Director Jack Hill interviewed girl gang members, pointing out that it did have some authenticity when interviewed at the 1996 re-release of the film.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Patch
  • Girlish Pigtails: Lace for a scene toward the end
  • Groin Attack
  • Just Like Robin Hood: Capitalist gangster Crabs gives free food to the poor while stealing dope on the side.
  • Knife Nut: There's a reason they were called the Dagger Debs.
  • Meaningful Name: Patch
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The whole girl gang with the the exception of Maggie
  • Rape as Drama: considering this is a girl gang exploitation film:
    • Prison Rape: a close call by a lesbian warden in juvenile hall. Lace and the rest of the Dagger Debs bail Maggie out, and Maggie in turn decides to join the Dagger Debs.
    • Dominic drops in on Maggie's apartment and forces himself on her, all the while waking up Maggie's skeezy landlord and shouting at him to mind his own business. Dominic gets defensive about raping Maggie, which only invokes a furious reaction from her. Maggie doesn't seem to hold it against him for long, seeing how she seems to want to join the Dagger Debs and impress Dominic in earnest, as well as get to the bottom of his murder after the failed ambush at the roller rink.
    • Bunny also gets thrown into a van belonging to Crabs' gang. Bunny is later found in a state of shock.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Fight between Maggie and Lace toward the end.
  • Spear Counterpart: Silver Daggers for Dagger Debs (Jezebels)
  • Traitor Shot: The first one is when Maggie is saying "Dominic's dead because somebody tipped Crabs off about the roller rink and I'm gonna find out who"note , watch Patch's face. Another instant is when Maggie, Lace and Patch have a defenseless Crabs cornered, Patch shoots Crabs before he has a chance to squeal.
  • We Do Not Know Each Other: At the end of the film The Jezebels deny Patch as one of theirs as they're arrested for the death of Lace. Patch is left alone by the police, with the shame of no longer being a Jezebel.