The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the 1975 film adaptation of the British musical stageplay, The Rocky Horror Show, written by Richard O'Brien. The film is a parody of science fiction and B-movie horror films. Director Jim Sharman collaborated on the screenplay with O'Brien, who wrote both the book and lyrics for the stage. The film introduces Tim Curry and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Kings Road production presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1973. In its day it was a highly provocative, though comedic, portrayal of gay and transgender culture, a symbol of LGBT themes, as well as for sexual quirks.

Still in limited release 35 years after its premiere, it has the longest-running theatrical release in film history. It gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theatres. Rocky Horror is the first film from a major Hollywood studio to be in the midnight movie market. The motion picture has a large international following and is one of the most well known and financially successful midnight movies of all time. In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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Plot

In an overture, a pair of giant red lips recounts classic science fiction films of the 1950s and 60s ("Science Fiction/Double Feature"). The story, narrated by a criminologist (Charles Gray), tells the tale of newly engaged couple ("Dammit Janet"), Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, who find themselves lost and with a flat tire on a cold and rainy, late November evening ("Over at the Frankenstein Place").[1] Seeking a phone with which to call for help at a nearby castle, Brad and Janet discover a group of strange and outlandish people who are holding an Annual Transylvanian Convention. They watch as the Transylvanians, servants, and a tap dancing groupie dance the "Time Warp", the film's signature song.

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