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12 Ratings

The Student Nurses

Directed by Stephanie Rothman
United States, 1970
Drama, Cult


The adventures of four sexy young women living together in California and studying to be nurses. One falls for a poet with a terminal illness; one takes acid and becomes pregnant; another becomes involved with Hispanic revolutionaries; one has an affair with a gynaecologist.

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The Student Nurses Directed by Stephanie Rothman
It features frank yet sympathetic depictions of abortion, class struggle, and non-traditional living arrangements. Even the nudity and violence (which were necessary in order to market the film to the exploitation circuit) reflect a radical perspective, as male performers are presented nude as often as female performers and much of the violence is directed against figures of authority.
June 24, 2016
Such emotional complexity in exploitation films of the era was unheard of, and the carefree attitudes towards sex and frankness about terminating a pregnancy (one of the nurses’ professors comes out in support of Priscilla’s decision, and criticizes the vetting process that could bar women from access to the procedure) are often hard to find in contemporary film of any sort today… Yet this openness is hindered by how rushed the proceedings are.
March 10, 2016
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Embedded within this superficially lurid low-budget medical drama/bedroom comedy are some radical ideas about reproductive rights and health care for all, regardless of citizenship status. Sure, Rothman includes countless nudie shots of her quartet of SoCal RN hopefuls. But more screen time is devoted to the sexism the leggy caregivers face in the workplace, if not the evils of patriarchy in general.
March 08, 2016
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