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12 July 1971 (Sweden) See more »
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A good football coach can get away with murder.
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In a California high school, a married teacher is the athletic coach and faculty advisor. He starts... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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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)
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Directed by
Roger Vadim 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Francis Pollini  novel
Gene Roddenberry 

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 B. 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
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Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:-16 | France:-18 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Quentin Tarantino selected this film as one of his choices for Sight & Sound magazine's 2012 edition of Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Keenan Wynn is talking to Rock Hudson on the football field he calls him "Sam". Rock Hudson's character is Tiger or Mike. Telly Savalas's character is Sam.See more »
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Referenced in Tommy Boy (1995)See more »
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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
No Hollywood Film Has Broken So Many Taboos, 20 March 2008
Author: t1480 from United States

One of the most politically incorrect films of all time, Pretty Maids All In a Row is easily Roger Vadim's most audacious film. Scripted by Gene Roddenberry it focuses on the strange happenings taking place at a California high school. To better understand this film, you need to know more about Roger Vadim. He was by all accounts a unrepentant womanizer. He wrote not just one, but two books concerning his love affairs with Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Annette Atroyberg, and Jane Fonda. The filmmaker practically invented the modern day sex film in 1956 with And God Ceated Woman. In 2005, Jane Fonda went public with allegations claiming that Vadim forced her to have threesomes with other women.

Director Roger Vadim obviously loved women. The way the camera takes in the female form in this film shows that this guy truly enjoyed this cast of beautiful high school girls who are dropping out of school in the most unfortunate manner: they are being murdered. The first body is found by student Ponce. He discovers the nude body in the boy's washroom. After discovering the body we are introduced to the detective assigned to the case as well as an amoral guidance counselor named Tiger (played by Rock Hudson) who also happens to be sleeping with his students in his office.  The investigation goes and we discover that the murdered girls happened to be sleeping with Tiger. Despite of all the heat pressure placed on him, Tiger doesn't seem worried that he'll get caught. He continues coaching the football team, eventually setting Ponce up with a sexy new teacher (Angie Dickinson), and of course carrying on affairs with the students. 

In his autobiography, Vadim recalled the casting of the students in Pretty Maids All in a Row: "...I had auditioned over two hundred boys and about the same number of girls. Most of the girls who applied in the roles of high school alumni were aspiring actresses, though some were local students who merely found the whole thing amusing." For a man recovering from love sickness (Jane Fonda had just divorced Vadim), this succession of young teenage and college age beauties was intoxicating. Vadim specifically ordered the wardrobe department to dress the girls in micro skirts and tight fitting shirts. Notably, a good portion of them aren't wearing bras. Vadim films these young ladies, many of which appear to be underage, in a method that is so unapologetically sexual that you'll soon understand why this film will likely never appear on DVD. With pedophilia being such a hot topic in today's society, no film company wants to risk being accused of exploiting minors by releasing this on DVD.

With its nonstop leering shots of teenage body parts and seemingly giddy portrayal of sexual relationships between adults and children, does Pretty Maids All in A Row seem like a celebration of pedophilia? Uh, the correct term is 'ebephophilia' which means 'love of adolescents'. I guess it's a matter of opinion. When I first viewed this film as a teen, the director's constant zooming in on the breasts and buttocks of female high school students was a bit shocking, but had a point to it. I mean, high school is a particularly sexualized place being that many students are entering in relationships for the first times in their lives. Then I read a movie review about how Pretty Maids All in A Row may have been the most widespread female-kiddie-porn film ever seen. The slow, misty shots of the braless pubescent girls in their micro skirts were far too prevalent to be incidental. When I saw this movie again, this time in my late 20s, I had no problem understanding the reviewer's point of view. For example, the opening scene of this movie consists of a closeup of a pair of butts belonging to two female classmates of Ponce. These two, who look barely 18, show up randomly during this movie, and every scene they are in, the camera is fixated so closely on their mini skirts that it's laughable. I can find no reason for so pointlessly including these two girls in the movie other than for the director to showcase their gorgeous bodies with series of gratuitous shots of their crotches and rears. It seems all quite juvenille. Still, I don't think anyone should not see this film just because director Vadim can't go two minutes without fetishizing a sea of young female bodies.

To better understand all the blatant voyeurism directed towards these girls, remember that this is an American movie made with a European mentality. The European school of film-making seems to approach the entire feminine image in a different sense than the Americans do; the female body is perceived to be a work of art in itself, that it is graceful, elegant, beautiful and sensual, an aesthetic object with erotic power. Presenting it in the proper manner makes one marvel instead of blushing and turning away--that seems to be the attitude this director takes, and it causes the frequent nudity in the film to be not so much dirty, obscene, and debaucherous, as being instead a presentation of a thing of beauty.

The acting in Pretty Maids is first-rate. The cast is by far the film's strongest asset. These are all truly courageous performers, and the acting is so good, it's scary. The standouts are probably Rock Hudson and John David Carson. Not surprisingly, Telly Savalas as a Kojak-style detective steals every scene he is in. Angie Dickinson is great, but I was distracted by her aesthetic qualities.

Pretty Maids is a good movie that has quite a few shocking moments. It's quite implausible and uneven, but I recommend seeing it. It's one of those movies where you just HAVE to see it, you know? Not because it's some great masterpiece of cinema, but because there's a lot there to talk about. Check it out.

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