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In the time-honored tradition of exploitation cinema, beautiful girls and deadly weapons go hand in hand. From Russ Meyer's 1965 classic Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! to Uma Thurman's deadly romp in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, many moviegoers just can't resist deadly dames in skintight outfits.

Fans of the genre should pencil in the free Dec. 1 screening of Alice in Wasteland at Colorado College. Created by a group of Colorado Springs filmmakers, including several hailing from CC, and filmed almost entirely in the Springs, Alice is pure exploitation enjoyment.

The film stars Denver actress Roxane Sondrup as Alice, a girl from the trailer park who conspires to strike it rich by robbing an armored truck. Ex-Denver Bronco cheerleader Michelle Beisner co-stars as Jill, the sexy but hardcore corrupt cop who ends up with the loot after the heist is botched.

Waking up from a yearlong coma after being shot in the robbery, Alice finds herself down the rabbit hole in a world of pimps, pushers and payback worthy of a Carl Hiaasen novel.

"It's all tongue-in-cheek," says Colorado Springs-based screenwriter Mike Pacitto.

"I don't think you'll be bored," says co-director Pete Schuermann, also of Colorado Springs.

With Alice's twisting, fast-paced plot and consistently playful cinematography, boredom seems unlikely. Produced on a shoestring $300,000 budget, the film is the first feature for several CC alums, including co-director Lasse Jarvi. "This was a big taste for them," Pacitto says.

As for the film's future, Schuermann and Pacitto hope it lands a run on the art-house circuit. But it's most likely to go directly to DVD, late-night cable TV and overseas markets, Pacitto says.

"American girls with guns sell pretty well outside the United States."

-- Dan Wilcock

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Alice in Wasteland

Packard Hall, Colorado College, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

Free; call 964-4944 for more information.

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