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Suburban Roulette (1968)

 -  Drama  -  June 1968 (USA)
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A newlywed couple falls into a dangerous game of parties and swapping spouses with two other swinging couples after moving into a seemingly perfect suburban neighborhood.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Elizabeth Wilkinson ...
Ilene Fisher
Ben Moore ...
Bert Fisher
Ione Rolnick ...
Fran Conley
William Kerwin ...
Marty Conley (as Thomas Wood)
Allison Louise Downe ...
Margo Elston (as Vicki Miles)
Tony McCabe ...
Ron Elston
Debbie Grant ...
Cindy Fisher
Richard Mark Oliver ...
Conley Child
Joseph Trucco ...
Conley Child
Michael Shallop ...
Conley Child
Paul Shallop ...
Conley Child
Ray Woods ...
Police chief
Bob Roth ...
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The Fisher family moves into the suburbs to get away from the city, and wife Ilene's propensity for males. They meet the neighbors, the Conleys and Elstons, and become friends. Soon they're having cookouts together, and taking each other's mates for a ride, but not without guilt and repercussions. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A new and startling movie about new and shameless marital misconduct!

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Suburban Roulette
Written by Herschell Gordon Lewis (as Sheldon Seymour)
Performed by the Faded Blue (uncredited)
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"No more booze for me and no more boyfriends for you!"
8 July 2001 | by (Las Vegas) – See all my reviews

You know you're in for a treat as soon as the montage of split-levels and a faux-Sammy Davis Jr. theme song ("Let's swap partners/Here's the game/Suburban roulette") hit the screen. This touching family drama opens with the Fisher family moving to a new suburban home, in hopes that the change of scenery will do them good--or, as Mr. Fisher tells Mrs. Fisher, "No more booze for me and no more boyfriends for you!"

As you can imagine, that doesn't last long once the Fishers fall in with their neighbors, the Elstons and the Conleys. The Elstons are the real fun couple in the subdivision: disdainful tramp "Mattress Back" Margo and her husband, leering blond stud Ron. Martini-fueled pool parties abound, as Ron embarks on an affair with the Jiffy Pop-haired Mrs. Fisher and Mr. Fisher sweats a lot and passes the time getting wasted with self-hating lush Fran Conley. Mrs. Conley resembles Judy Garland in full suburban housewife drag, which may be why the Conley's eldest son is already a vicious little queen at age 12. Meanwhile, Mattress-Back Margo looks bored and humps anything who comes within a three-foot radius since, as she repeatedly points out, her "pendulum" swings both ways. It doesn't take long for the Elstons to break out with the toy roulette wheel and begin spouse-swapping in earnest. There's bullet bras, there's ugly bedspreads, there's a fistfight under the sprinklers, there's too much other trash to list here. A fine, fine film.


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