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Cry Uncle (1971)

Private detective takes on a case and gets mixed up in murder, sex and blackmail.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackson Beck ...
Narrator (voice)
Pamela Gruen ...
Renee
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Jake Masters
Devin Goldenberg ...
Keith
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Russian Girl
Chuck Pfeiffer ...
Texan
Reuben Schafer ...
Russian
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Coughing Cop
Ray Barron ...
Bald Cop
Madeleine Le Roux ...
Cora Merrill
David Kirk ...
Jason Dominic
Sean Walsh ...
Gene Sprigg
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Olga Winter (as Deborah Morgan)
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Lena Right
Nancy Salmon ...
Connie Landfield
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Private detective takes on a case and gets mixed up in murder, sex and blackmail.

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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American Oddballs  »

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Featured in Twisted Sex Vol. 21 (2002) See more »

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Cry Uncle (Come With Me)
Words and Music by Harper MacKay and Moose Charlap
Performed by Sandy Stewart
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A bare-assed detective story...unblushing and unapologetic
3 July 2016 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

For anyone looking for a prurient Sam Spade or a Peeping Tom's idea of a Raymond Chandler mystery, director John G. Avildsen's very-nearly pornographic crime satire should suffice while also giving character actor Allen Garfield an overdue starring role as a not-so-private dick. Garfield's Jake Masters, on a blackmail/murder case for five G's, always seems to have his pants down, coming down, or about to come down. David Odell's script (adapted, believe it or not, from a novel, "Lie A Little, Die A Little," by Michael Brett) can barely work up the semblance of a storyline, while the naked ladies who cross Jake's path aren't the luscious dames of years-past; Avildsen has filled these roles with cheap and hardened braless babes. The film quickly begins to ape its own rancid scenario (this is literally a 'dirty' movie), but Garfield doesn't notice, making the most of the opportunity. Constantly horny, and wearing an ever-present stingy brim hat and sweaty undershirt (pulled down just far enough to cover his privates), Garfield is in the required raunchy spirit, all right, yet he also has unmistakable star appeal. He's the naughty kid from grade school barely grown up, unable to get information out of a female suspect without unzipping his fly. Avildsen's movie makes no overtures to morality or ethics--he just wants to goose the audience--and he has found the perfect lead for the job. ** from ****


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