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The movie was not initially a commercial success. However, it has since been rediscovered and has become a cult classic and a staple at gay and lesbian film festivals, because of the subtly portrayed lesbian relationship between the film's two female leads. Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre cites this as one of her favorite films. Welsh rock group Manic Street Preachers have made several references to the movie throughout their career: They covered the original song "Damn Dog" on their debut album Generation Terrorists (1992), though it was excluded from the American release. The band also named their song "Roses in the Hospital" after a scene in the film where Nicky eats roses in the hospital to distract Pammy from all the doctors and her father. In 1993, for stage performances and publicity shots, Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire wore bankrobber mask-style eye makeup like Nicky Marotta does in the film.

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