The Thatcher Crisis Years

1980s politics blog from TV historian Tony McMahon

TimesYou know the kind of movie you’re ashamed to say you like and for some reason need to watch on DVD with the curtains drawn every three or four years – like Sliver or 13th Warrior for example.  Well, Times Square also fits the bill.  I mean, the story line is so arch that it’s hard to imagine how this got past the pitch stage.

Basically, two girls from a loony bin escape to New York though they are very different – one tomboy and one not – they form a punk band and start to enjoy success until the powers that be close in on them.

Bonkers film about bonkers people.  But the soundtrack, which I remember having at the time, included some classics including the lovely Patti Smith singing ‘Pissing in the River’ – which I adored.  Robert Stigwood was the brains behind it, having produced Saturday Night Fever which might explain the rather incongruous presence of a Bee Gees track in what’s otherwise a punk/new wave soundtrack for the movie.


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