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12 July 1971 (Sweden) See more »
A good football coach can get away with murder.
California State Police Captain Sam Surcher investigates a string of teenage girl murders at Oceanfront High School. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rock Hudson ... Michael 'Tiger' McDrew

Angie Dickinson ... Miss Betty Smith

Telly Savalas ... Captain Sam Surcher
John David Carson ... Ponce de Leon Harper

Roddy McDowall ... Mr. Proffer

Keenan Wynn ... Chief John Poldaski

James Doohan ... Follo

William Campbell ... Grady
Susan Tolsky ... Miss Harriet Craymire

Barbara Leigh ... Jean McDrew
Gretchen Parsons Carpenter ... Marjorie (as Gretchen Burrell)
Aimée Eccles ... Hilda Lee
JoAnna Cameron ... Yvonne Millick

Margaret Markov ... Polly
June Fairchild ... Sonny Swangle
Joy Bang ... Rita
Brenda Sykes ... Pamela Wilcox

Diane Sherry Case ... Sheryl (as Diane Sherry)
Philip Brown ... Jim Green
Mark Malmborg ... Dink
Kyle Johnson ... Dave
Warren Seabury ... Harold
Gary Tigerman ... Boy #1
Tim Ray ... Boy #2
Alberto Isaac ... Boy #3
Dawn Roddenberry ... Girl #1
Stephanie Mizrahi ... Tiger's Daughter
Larry Marmorstein ... T.V. Reporter
Judy Michie ... Other Pretty Maids
Diane Lambert ... Other Pretty Maids
Adriana Bentley ... Other Pretty Maids
Joyce Williams ... Other Pretty Maids
Chris Woodley ... Other Pretty Maids (as Chris 'Allen' Woodley)
Fredricka Meyers ... Other Pretty Maids

Linda Morand ... Other Pretty Maids

Topo Swope ... Other Pretty Maids
Orville Sherman ... Pastor
Jomarie Ward ... Gym Teacher
Otis Greene ... Police Doctor
Guy Remsen ... 1st Board Member
Joe Quinn ... 2nd Board Member
Estrellita Rania ... Hilda's Mother(Mrs. Lee)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sharon Douglas

Directed by
Roger Vadim 
Writing credits
Gene Roddenberry (screenplay)

Francis Pollini (novel)

Produced by
Gene Roddenberry .... producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher Jr. 
Film Editing by
Bill Brame 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames 
George W. Davis 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Berton 
Charles Pierce  (as Chuck Pierce)
Costume Design by
William Ware Theiss 
Makeup Department
Cherie .... hair stylist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist
Production Management
Maurice Vaccarino .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Dijoux .... assistant director
David Silver .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jerry Jost .... sound
Hal Watkins .... sound
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Byers .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea E. Weaver .... set costumer (uncredited)
Music Department
Harry Bluestone .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Ray Brown .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Bobby Bryant .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Buddy Collette .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Plas Johnson .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Lincoln Mayorga .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Ted Nash .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Don Peake .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Joe Porcaro .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Howard A. Roberts .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Lalo Schifrin .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Rick Hall .... recording producer
Glenn Shahan .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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91 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:-16 | France:-18 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Telly Savalas who plays the police detective is acting very much like Kojak two years before the role that would make him a household name.See more »
Continuity: When Sunny Swingle records her message for Tiger, the reel of tape is near the end, but when Ponce plays it back, it is near the beginning.See more »
Michael 'Tiger' McDrew:[Deciding to go ahead with the scheduled football game] We play on Friday. Once you start retreating, life will drag you down.See more »
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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
70's "Free Love" Thinking Taken To The Max, 18 January 2008
Author: thedoctoroctopus from United States

This combination black comedy/sexploitation/thriller from director Roger Vadim is undoubtedly the most provocative American movie to come out of the 70's. It starts off with Ponce, our male protagonist, watching as girls pass by. We are given a shot that clues us into the tone of the entire film. Vadim films two teenage girls walking from behind and then brazenly zooms in on their behinds. I was a bit shocked to see Vadim open his movie with such a blatant butt shot. That was until I recalled that this same director opened up his 1956 film, And God Created Woman, with a closeup shot of Brigitte Bardot's bare behind. It's undeniably sexy, but some will see it as sexualizing children as these two girls in their mini-skirts look awfully young. But I credit the director for nailing what it feels be like to be a male high school student surrounded by beautiful female peers through the use of brilliant POV.

We then shift to an outside shot of a high school. We're given a few scenes of the students going about their daily activities. All the female students are impossibly beautiful here, dressed in mini-skirts, high heels, and low cut shirts. We are then introduced to Tiger, played by Rock Hudson, in one of his most offbeat roles. He plays a coach/counselor at a Southern Californian High School. Even though he is a married man, he has no qualms having sex with various female students. Meanwhile, a killer is leaving corpses of female students along various parts of the school. An investigation begins and Tiger is the prime suspect. In the meantime, one of his students, Ponce is having a tough time finding a girlfriend. Tiger is willing to give the young man some help. He enlists the help of Miss Smith, played by Angie Dickinson, to help Ponce along, and we are talking about a VERY adult education.

Pretty Maids was a mega flop on first release, and it permanently damaged Vadim's career. But today it has the earmarks of a classic, mostly due to three brilliant performances. First off, Rock Hudson in perhaps his last great picture. Just like he was in every other picture before Pretty Maids, he's the man girls want and the man boys want to be, but here it's darker and more cynical version of himself than he ever let people see on the screen. John David Carson is fascinating as Ponce. He goes from awkward school boy to confident man in a series of believable, sequences. It's a difficult role to play, but he makes it look easy. Angie Dickinson has never been better. Angie is sexy throughout the movie playing a naive young teacher, seemingly unaware of how sexy she is.

The premise of this Pretty Maids is "free love" for all, which includes teachers having sex with their students! It's shocking to look back and see how strange America was during this time of "free love," as the concept of this movie would be completely taboo now. American is far more puritanical today, especially when it comes to the issue of teens and sex. I think the reason it still hasn't found a home on DVD is because the film takes a libertine view of adolescent sexuality, far more than any other American film has. America has a hard time with this and this film could turn a lot more heads now than perhaps it did in the more permissive 70's. The basic plot premise is shocking, but what REALLY grabs your attention are the literally hundreds of leering shots of female butts, breasts, crotches, legs, or a combo of the 4, all belonging to the various female high school appearing in this film. Just about every female actress playing the part of a student is sexualized in this movie. Outside of a Tinto Brass movie, I can't recall any other film that lovingly showcased the female posterior by filming it in closeup again and again. As outrageous as the numerous shots of rear ends are, they can't hold a candle to all the up skirt peeks director Vadim shows us. We are given scene after scene of girls in impossibly sort mini-skirts bending over, crossing their legs, standing on elevated surfaces, or just walking up the steps. Vadim finds it mandatory to show us a flash of their panties every time. Pretty Maids must have set some sort of record for pantie shots than any movie in history. Did girls in the early 70's really dress like THIS? I can't help but wonder where were there parents during the making of the film? As a man who would like to have a child someday, and hopefully a little girl, it's odd seeing Vadim's camera practically rams itself up the mini-skirt of a young girl going through puberty. If you're a father of a teenage girl and you're reading this review, you might feel guilty for enjoying the content of this movie. But you really shouldn't be. However, I can't emphasize this enough: The girls who appear in this film are NOT the type portrayed in movies that deal with H.S. You know, 20 something actresses cast as H.S. students. The actresses playing the young girls in this movie are actually that, young girls. Some will find the nonstop leering shots of girls who appear to be in the 15-19 age range to cross the line of good taste. I found them VERY necessary considering they were meant to show how Ponce (not to mention director Vadim) views high school aged girls.

I suppose a film that deals this frankly with adolescent sexuality this could be made today, but only as an unreleased independent film, ala Ken Park. In the 70s, however, this script was able to attract a whole plethora of respected actors and actresses. You'll ask yourself the whole time how a movie like this could be made in the first place! See it now.

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