4.4/10
199
15 user 13 critic

The Love Machine (1971)

R | | Drama | 27 August 1971 (USA)
An ambitious TV newscaster has an affair with the wife of a network executive to get a promotion.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) (as Samuel Taylor)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

By chance the perfume creators Mike and Al produce a scent that makes women go wild for sex. While they desperately try to find the recipe for their product of chance, they use it on random... See full summary »

Director: David C. Rea
Stars: Keith Barron, Kenneth Cope, Hilary Pritchard
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A young man fantasizes about fornicating with several women.

Director: Donovan Winter
Stars: Christopher Matthews, Yolande Turner, Annabel Leventon
Permissive (1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Suzy arrives in London with nowhere to stay. She meets a friend, Fiona, a groupie who has settled into a relationship with Lee, bass player and singer with a rock-band.

Director: Lindsay Shonteff
Stars: Maggie Stride, Gay Singleton, Gilbert Wynne
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A crook on the run hooks up with a criminal gang to commit a kidnapping. However, things don't go quite as planned.

Director: René Clément
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Robert Ryan, Lea Massari
Certificate: GP Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young woman's highly ordered and structured life is turned upside-down when she meets a handsome stranger at a party. Friendship soon develops into romance and for the first time in her ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Till
Stars: David Hemmings, Samantha Eggar, Emlyn Williams
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

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.

Director: George Schaefer
Stars: Dyan Cannon, Richard Crenna, Gene Hackman
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Karen wants more action out of life and quits her job at the cannery to become a skater in the roller derby. She encounters friction from the other skaters - especially Mickey, the current ... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Zimmerman
Stars: Claudia Jennings, Louis Quinn, Betty Anne Rees
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A group of men and women travel to a Carribean resort to discover themselves sexually but unfortunately one of them has also discovered that they like to murder people too.

Directors: Beverly Sebastian, Ferd Sebastian
Stars: Claudia Jennings, Jean Marie Ingels, Cheri Howell
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Don Chaffey
Stars: Robert Ryan, Stewart Granger, Nadia Gray
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When a moonshiner is murdered, his three daughters take over the family business.

Director: Gus Trikonis
Stars: John Saxon, Susan Howard, William Conrad
Ice Palace (1960)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After WW1, Zeb and Thor start a cannery business in Alaska but eventually they drift apart with Zeb becoming unscrupulous and Thor becoming involved in Alaskan politics.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Richard Burton, Robert Ryan, Martha Hyer
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The US intelligence chief in Europe relates the stories of three different operations that he was involved in with colleagues in Paris and Djibouti, Rome, and Berlin.

Directors: Christian-Jaque, Werner Klingler, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Henry Fonda, Robert Ryan, Vittorio Gassman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Robin Stone
...
Judith Austin
...
Gregory 'Greg' Austin
...
Danton Miller
...
Jerry Nelson
Jodi Wexler ...
Amanda
William Roerick ...
Cliff Dorne
Maureen Arthur ...
Ethel Evans
...
Christie Lane
Clinton Greyn ...
Alfie Knight
...
Maggie Stewart
Alexandra Hay ...
Tina St. Claire
...
Amazon Woman
...
Bob Summers
Gene Baylos ...
Eddie Flynn
Edit

Storyline

Robin Stone, an ambitious, sex driven TV news anchor catches the eye of Judith Austin, the wife of network executive Greg Austin. She pressures Greg into promoting him to a higher position and before long, he is running the network while Greg recovers from a massive coronary. Meanwhile, Robin dumps his model girlfriend Amanda and begins an affair with Judith. But Robin soon strays with an assortment of girls. Apart from the sexual liaisons, he's at constant odds with the network. When Greg begins to recover and wants to take back his reign, he gets considerable resistance from Robin. So Greg considers harsher methods to oust Robin from his former position and regain control of the network. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Waiting is Over... See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 August 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jacqueline Susann's The Love Machine  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Don Rickles: Uncredited, as an announcer. See more »

Quotes

Danton Miller: What does class have to do with television?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Erotic Director (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

He's Moving On
Music by Bryan Wells
Lyrics by Ruth Batchelor
Sung by Dionne Warwick
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Terrible but somewhat interesting
7 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Movie based on Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel. It's about Robin Stone (John Phillip Law) a ruthless TV anchorman who claws his way to the top. It details his love life concentrating on Amanda (Jodi Wexler) and Judith (Dyan Cannon). It also shows his total inability to commit to anyone and instead sleeps with any woman he can get.

The novel is no work of art (it's not even good literature) but it's a quick, silly, trashy read. However, compared to this movie, it seems like a masterpiece of fiction! This is a textbook example of how NOT to do a movie adaptation. First they condense the novel terribly. In the book Stone's inability to commit is dealt with and it's revealed why. Here it's brought up...and ignored. Characters from the book are either totally left out or changed completely. One of them (Maggie) pops up for two pointless scenes and then disappears completely! Also there's a truly revolting scene in which a woman is brutally beaten. It's in the book--but there IS a reason totally left out of the movie. And the book dealt with three women--not two. Don't even get me started on the homophobia. The movie is almost worth sitting through for a no holds barred fight at the end between Law, Cannon and David Hemmings.

Adaptation aside the acting is pretty terrible. Law is just horrendous as Stone--VERY wooden and boring--you seriously wonder why all these women are after him. To be fair to Law another actor was cast but had a very bad accident before shooting began and Law stepped in at the last minute. Wexler is terrible as Amanda; Maureen Arthur is truly astoundingly bad as Ethel Evans; Shecky Greene is unbearable as Christie Lane. Only three performances stand out: David Hemmings (having a GREAT time) camps it up as a gay photographer; Cannon is actually very good and Robert Ryan is just great. Also Dionne Warwick sings the catchy opening song ("He's Moving On"). Also Jacqueline Susann has a cameo as a newscaster.

It IS bad but I watched the whole thing and it is (in a silly sort of way) a lot of fun. I'm giving it a 3.


16 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
JPL naked in this film gorgeousgreekbeauty
Please help intheshadows-3
Maureen Arthur kenolting
When was it filmed? nickrogers1969
THE LOVE MACHINE Authorfan
Discuss The Love Machine (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?