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Umberto Lenzi (writer)
Ugo Moretti (writer)
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Release Date:
7 February 1969 (Italy) See more »
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A rich and lonely American widow befriends two young people whose motives become suspect. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Carroll Baker ... Kathryn West

Lou Castel ... Peter Donovan

Colette Descombes ... Eva
Tino Carraro ... Brion Sanders
Lilla Brignone ... Teresa
Franco Pesce ... Martino
Tina Lattanzi ... Kathryn's Aunt
Jacques Stany ... Police Inspector
Sara Simoni
Gaetano Imbró
Calisto Calisti
Alberto Corchi (as Alberto Cocchi)
Maria Rosiello
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Guilty ... Arnold Cleever

Directed by
Umberto Lenzi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Umberto Lenzi  writer
Ugo Moretti  writer
Marie Claire Solleville  writer

Produced by
Salvatore Alabiso .... producer
Original Music by
Piero Umiliani 
Cinematography by
Guglielmo Mancori 
Film Editing by
Enzo Alabiso 
Art Direction by
Giorgio Bertolini 
Makeup Department
Raul Ranieri .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcello Pandolfi .... assistant director
Bertrand Tavernier .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Renato Palmieri .... assistant camera
Mario Sbrenna .... camera operator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Orgasmo" - Italy (original title)
"Orgasm" - International (English title) (literal title)
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USA:91 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

First part of a trilogy also including So Sweet... So Perverse (1969) and A Quiet Place to Kill (1970/I).See more »
Continuity: The two times Eva plays the Wess & The Airedales "Just Tell Me", they are different records with very different labels.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Trailer Trauma (2016) (V)See more »
Just Tell MeSee more »


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Louder Than Words, 9 May 2016
Author: radiobirdma from Guernsey

Apparently, Umberto Lenzi's Orgasmo was x-rated in 1969 – probably for the haircut of actor Lou Castel, who looks like a 15-year-old crossbreed of British binge drinking ex-midfielder Paul Gascoigne and a village nutjob. Of course, million dollar MILF Carroll Baker falls immediately for Lou's magic libido set – a very likely story –, and after exactly fifteen minutes you get proof that The Great Lenzi couldn't direct his way out of a darn shower. The rest is something of an unhealthy concoction of Desperate Housewife meets the Teens from Hell (Looney Lou soon being accompanied by a semi-sapphic babe from France), trimmed with an excruciatingly pushy Riviera soundtrack by Piero Umiliani, ridiculous Pornmaster Flesh dialogue ("Yess! Yess! Dirty me!"), unmotivated zooms and other nauseating gimmicks aplenty. Assistente alla regia was future celebrated French A list director Bertrand Tavernier (Coup de torchon), usually a raconteur par excellence when it comes to talking about movies. As for Orgasmo, he has remained silent for almost fifty years.

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