the future, the odds of survival are 1000 to 1.
That's just the way she likes it..."
In an apocalyptic future, the Earth is struck
by a meteor and reduced to a
wasteland. Now an all-powerful mega-corporation
known as Water & Power
controls its remaining liquid assets. They
also happen to have incarcerated
Tank Girl. Tank Girl is a colourful maverick, a
wild child on a mission to drop-kick
authority in to the nether regions whenever she
can. Whilst in captivity, Tank Girl
makes a new best friend out of a fellow prisoner
called Jet Girl. The girls
subsequently break out together and steal a tank
and jet plane, as befits their
names, and with Water & Power's CEO Keslee
in hot pursuit, they and a gang
of misfits and mutant kangaroos take on the might
of the corporation...
Translating Tank Girl to the big screen was
always going to be tough. Alan
Martin and Jamie Hewlett's original strips
were/are stuffed with attitude, in-jokes
and playground posturing. But the film seeks broader
appeal, and as a
consequence the edge has gone. Thus we have
Lori Petty acquitting herself
quite well in the title role and there's lots of
colour and sneer, but there's no
swearing or kangaroo sex - no abbrasiveness. We're
left with a loud and
shouty film that some good moments, and a "ripper"
soundtrack, but isn't as
rebellious as it wants to be, and is always shooting
wide of its target.
"Tank Girl" cost $25m to produce, but
alas, only kicked up $4m at the US
box-office. It has, however, found a video following
amongst keen teens with
an "attitude". And
actually, it works a tad better at home, with a bottle of beer
and a remote in your hands - if you're in
the right mood...
Girl"s mutant kangaroos - or Rippers, as they're known - were
by Stan Winston, he of "Terminator"
and "Jurassic Park" fame.
The movie was originally set to star Emily Lloyd, but she pulled out
filming began. She was reported as
being reluctant to shave her head.
"Tank Girl" features one very real wild child, rocker Iggy
Pop, who plays the
character of Rat Face.
should brace themselves for a show-stopping Cole Porter number,
shoehorned in to proceedings.
It comes complete with high-kicking showgirls!
Girl (the comic)
Girl on DVD
2 / film + trailer / MGM / June 2001
B Lewis, Pen Densham, John Watson
exec prods: Tom Astor,
screenplay: Ted Sarafian
James R Symons
prod design: Catherine
designed by: Stan Winston
Petty (Tank Girl)
Watts (Jet Girl)
Harvey (Sgt Small)
E Cathey (Deetee)
Linn Ransower (Sam)
Cusack (Sub Girl)
Pop (Rat Face)
Bob Rosenberg presents a potted
history, FAQ, info on the film, its
DVD release and lots more. A
simple entry page leads to a plethora
of content links to keep you