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By Ed Fletcher

GENRE: Drama

A free-speech-loving exotic dancer battles a small-town sheriff and bares it all to convince a jury that her "bottomless" dance is art worthy of protection in this sexy dramatic comedy based on an actual 1969 case.


With the Vietnam War still in full-bloom, 1969 was a monumental year -- US astronauts landed on the moon, Woodstock attracted more than 350,000 rock and roll fans, and Orangevale barmaid Susanne Marie Haines exercised right of Free Expression by dancing “bottomless.”

Susanne, a 22-year-old Kentucky native, found herself in cuffs before she could finish the dance on that evening of July 26, but it wasn't the first time she’d been arrested for dancing in various states of undress and it wouldn't be her last. Susanne wasn't gonna let her father, her boss, or even the sheriff tell her what to do once “her mind is made.”

This was important to her. Sometimes you have to break the law to test the law.

Susanne wasn't the only one to find herself in cuffs that night. Also caught up in this precedent-setting legal fight were the club owner Leonard Glancy, a reluctant First Amendment champion, and her “sister” in dance Sheila Brendenson.

To clear the girls and Glancy, fresh-faced attorney Ronald Sypnicki has a plan -- convince the the judge to allow the jury to observe the offending dance first hand.

To everyone’s surprise Judge Earl Warren Jr., son of Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, agrees -- a decision he would quickly regret when the trial become a national media circus. With hers’ and liberty collectively on the line, Susanne takes the stage before the judge, jury, the national media and a packed house of “courtroom” spectators.

The comedic courtroom drama “Pink” promises to seduces audiences with its sexy subject matter while gently caressing the bounds of Free Expression.

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