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Sleazeball photographer Steve is busy taking pictures of beautiful young women, bedding them, and then dumping them. One day he meets the woman of his dreams on the beach: Erika. Once he's frolicked on the beach and taken her to bed, the other women in his life become unsatisfactory, and he suffers a playboy's crisis. One of his other women proves to be a bit more persistent than he expects. Written by
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In an interview, Erica Gavin says that the footage of her in this film was actually shot for another film that ran out of money and was shelved. After she became well known the footage of her was bought by a producer who built this film around it. See more »
Erica Gavin was, for a time in and around 1970, the exploitation cinematic flavor of the month due to her noteworthy appearances in "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" and "Vixen!", both of which enjoyed some degree of box office success. "Erika's Hot Summer" may have been, on the surface, a bit of a comedown for Ms. Gavin, because unlike "Valley" or "Vixen", she is not really required to act that much in "Hot Summer". She simply plays a young woman named Erika who is probably very much like herself. This is not, in and of itself, a bad thing, however, it just means that "Erika's Hot Summer" is limited. The trick is to get the most from a limited production, and both Ms. Gavin and director Gary Graver succeed admirably.
There is a lot to like about "Erika's Hot Summer": the beach location photography, the dreamy romantic acoustic guitar music on the soundtrack (which plays almost non-stop from the beginning to the end of the film), the nightclub scenes, which will rekindle fond memories to anyone whoever went to a dark nightclub in 1970, and the scene of Erika parading around on the beach in a pair of striped pants is also a highlight. The plot is also light and enjoyable, as it simply involves Erika meeting, frolicking, and falling in love with a photographer who specializes in -- what else? -- nude models. Erika does not overstay her welcome either, as the film just barely runs over one hour. Some viewers may not like the film's unexpected conclusion, which gives the film a last-minute dose of cynicism, but back in 1970 filmmakers were not afraid to deliver an unpleasant ending to the audience.
So, if you want to kill and hour's worth of time and take a trip back to the days of 1970's bliss, "Erika's Hot Summer" is certainly worthwhile.
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