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The wives of several high-powered doctors feel neglected due to their husbands' focus on their careers, so they embark on a regimen of sex, drugs and booze.

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Lorrie Dellman
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Dr. Peter Brennan
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Dr. Dave Randolph
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Dr. Joe Gray
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Della Randolph
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Amy Brennan
Diana Sands ...
Helen Straughn
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Maggie Gray
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Dist. Atty. Douglas
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Jake Porter
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Dr. Mort Dellman
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Paul McGill
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Elaine McGill
Scott Brady ...
Sgt.Malloy
Kristina Holland ...
Sybil Carter
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The wives of several high-powered doctors feel neglected due to their husbands' focus on their careers, so they embark on a regimen of sex, drugs and booze.

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16 April 1971 (West Germany)  »

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Frauen der Ärzte  »

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Stella Stevens was originally set to play the role of Lorrie Dellman but lost out to Dyan Cannon. See more »

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Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
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Silly R rated soap opera
22 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was done back in the early 1970s were Hollywood was desperate to try anything to drive audiences back to theatres (attendance was at an all time low in the early 70s). The only movies that made money were sex movies and violent movies. So, they combined them! This was considered pretty shocking in its day--today it's fairly tame with gratuitous blood, gore and frank sexual talk. This movie lets you know from the beginning what it's about. We see a beautiful, young, unidentified woman undressing behind some frosted glass DURING the opening credits (never a good sign)! BTW--she's never seen again.

This deals with five couples--all the men are doctors. Dyan Cannon plays the slut of the bunch. One of her opening lines is, "God! Am I horny!" while playing cards with the other wives. She accuses all the other women of not getting sex (she calls it "sexual malnutrition") because they don't know what they're doing sexually. She makes a proposition--she'll sleep with all their husbands, find out what they're doing wrong and give them a diagnosis!!!! She says, "I've already done 50% of the research". The next day she's shot dead by her husband and we then get involved with all the wives, their husbands and their various problems.

This movie has it all--explicit open heart surgery, alcoholism, interracial romance, taping sexual encounters and even a lesbian affair. The dialogue is hysterically bad and the cast delivering it straight-faced makes it seem even funnier. The cast is made up of some very talented actors who should have known better. The only real bad acting is by Carroll O'Connor (this was before "All in the Family") and (surprisingly) Gene Hackman. The best is by Richard Crenna and Janice Rule. This was just a (very) desperate attempt by Hollywood to pull in an audience by shocking it. The only surprising thing here is that there's no real nudity or explicit sex. This is worth seeing for laughs or seeing a bunch of talented actors doing their best with lousy material. It IS fun but a 1 all the way.


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