FreaksDVD - 2004
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Freaks is a 1932 American Pre-Code horror film about sideshow performers, directed and produced by Tod Browning and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with a cast mostly composed of actual carnival (funfair) performers. The film was based on Tod Robbins' 1923 short fiction story "Spurs". Director Browning took the exceptional step of casting real people with deformities as the eponymous sideshow "freaks", rather than using costumes and makeup.
Browning had been a member of a traveling circus in his early years, and much of the film was drawn from his personal experiences. In the film, the physically deformed "freaks" are inherently trusting and honorable people, while the real monsters are two of the "normal" members of the circus who conspire to murder one of the performers to obtain his large inheritance.
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(Cleopatra has just lured Hercules into her trailer) Cleopatra: "Aaah... Come on in! Help yourself to drinks!" Hercules: "Ah! That is fine!" Cleopatra: "Feel like eating something?" Hercules: "Always!" (They both slug down some booze, and Cleopatra holds up an egg) Cleopatra: "How many?" Hercules: "Oh, I'm not very hungry... About six." Cleopatra (turning to Hercules seductively): "How do you like them?" Hercules: "...Not bad!" (Bear hugs her) Cleopatra: "Oh, but you are strong! You are squeezing me to death!" Hercules: "And you LIKE IT!" Cleopatra: "Oh, you are taking my breath away!" (They kiss, under the snooping gaze of the half man/half woman. They feel eyes on them, and Herc ain't happy) Hercules: "You!" (Runs after her) "WELL, HERE'S SOMETHING FOR YOUR EYE!" (Flattens the he/she with a sucker punch)
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