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A wrong turn on a jazz singer's road trip results in her car breaking down near an isolated lodge run by a faded starlet and a young, homicidal Elvis impersonator. | Add synopsis »
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Leslie Uggams ... Elizabeth 'Liz' Wetherly

Shelley Winters ... Bertha
Michael Christian ... Eddie Collins

Ted Cassidy ... Keno

Dub Taylor ... Justice of the Peace Floyd
Lou Joffred ... Odell

Slim Pickens ... Sheriff Orville
Red Lawson ... The Salesman
Sherif Smith ... The Deputy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Bacon ... Redneck in Bar / at Wedding (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Robinson 
David Worth 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean Genet  play "The Balcony" (uncredited)
B.W. Sandefur 

Produced by
Michael Christian .... producer
Robert G. Diamond .... co-producer
Linda Marsh .... co-producer
Anthony T. Mazzola .... associate producer (as Anthony Mazzola)
Vito A. Sasso .... executive producer
Leon Walters .... associate producer
Original Music by
Grant Boatwright 
Cinematography by
David Worth 
Film Editing by
Frank Mazzola 
David Worth 
Art Direction by
Peter Bankins 
Costume Design by
Margaret Rose 
Makeup Department
Christopher Carter .... hair stylist
Melanie .... makeup artist
Johnine Waychus .... makeup assistant
Ralph Wilcox .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Eugene Mazzola .... production manager
Art Department
Rick Dunn .... props
Sound Department
Jan Brodin .... sound mixer
Richard Mazzola .... boom operator
Ronald C. Ross .... stunts (as Ron Ross)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Barrere .... best boy
Rusty Carter .... dolly grip
Bill Lucas .... assistant camera (as Billy Lucas)
Bert Maggio .... key grip
Melton Maxwell .... lighting technician (as Mel Maxwell)
Jim May .... still photographer
Bruce Pearn .... electrician
Peter Smokler .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Leonard Mazzola III .... assistant editor
Anthony Redman .... associate editor
Music Department
Ginger Boatwright .... female vocalist
Larry Cox .... music producer
Other crew
Jay Bernstein .... additional publicist
Sherry Bloom .... production assistant
Fran Cantero .... production associate
Wally Cantero .... production associate
Marilyn Giardino .... script supervisor
Jules Koenigsberg .... production associate
Leila Oertel .... production assistant
Marvin Paige .... production associate
Gale Robinson .... auditor
Lloyd D. Robinson .... production associate
Linda Spatz .... publicist
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:92 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:14A (Ontario) (Re-Rated) (2005) | USA:R
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Director Cameo: [Richard Robinson]Man with newsreel camera at football game.See more »
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Ain't no party like a hillbilly wedding party, Yee-Haaa!, 25 November 2007
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

A friend and I watched "Poor Pretty Eddie" on the big screen, during a film night special appropriately entitled Rednecksploitation. Let me tell you, along with the ramshackle cinema hangar & the poor quality of the original film spool, the story & atmosphere of this movie catapulted us straight back to the glorious highlight-years of rancid 70's drive-in grindhouse exploitation! Movies like "Poor Pretty Eddie" will not and simply cannot be made anymore nowadays, because they're filthy, always discriminating to someone, rough, women-unfriendly and shameless. If someone made something like this today, groups of protesters would march outside the theaters until the owners have no other choice but to cancel the showings. Anyway, this fabulously entertaining film is shockingly perverse, hilarious and nightmarishly uncanny all at the same time. You've never encountered a bigger bunch of disturbed rednecks, not even in "Deliverance" or "Just before Dawn", and the script covers even the most controversial themes, like racism and rape. Leslie Uggams portrays a popular (and rather cocky) whose car naturally breaks down at the wrong place at the wrong time. On her way to a vacation Liz Wetherly strands in Southern Redneck Hell, at a miserable motel owned by a faded showgirl (now an obese and depressed old lady), a creepy-looking hunting dog lover and last but not least the wide-smirking & clearly deranged Elvis lunatic Eddie Collins. Eddie wants to keep her there, very much against the will of ol' Bertha, and continuously tries to impress her with his questionable singing talents, big white smiling teeth and flamboyant outfits that reveal his muscles and massive amount of chest hair. When all friendly approaches fail, Eddie rapes Liz and forces her into marrying him. Needless to say she slowly & tragically starts losing her senses. This low-budget exploitation classic naturally thrives on atmosphere & demented character drawings instead of on convoluted plotting and special effects. The lead characters are wondrously twisted, but literally every single one of the supportive characters are remarkable as well, like the sleazy tomato-sucking sheriff (the late grate Slim Pickens), his slingshot operating retard-sidekick and the perverse & fat-bellied judge/pool bar owner. Many of the crazed sequences in "Poor Pretty Eddie" literally need to be seen to be believed, for example the astonishingly tasteless montage of Liz' rape interlarded with images of two dogs copulating in front of an assembly of seemingly aroused farmers and to the tunes of another great country song. The acting performances are great; notably outstanding are Shelley Winters (Oscar winner AND exploitation siren, respect!), Ted Cassidy (the original Addams Family's Lurch) and of course Michael Christian as the titular not-so-poor and not-so-pretty Eddie. The climax sequence, set during an authentic and joyful hillbilly wedding party, is terrifically violent with slow-motion massacres and a total absence of sound. The film is overall poorly made, but several shots are surprisingly imaginative and the filming locations were definitely enchanting. "Poor Prettie Eddie" is most definitely a hidden gem. Sometimes falsely promoted as a Blaxploitation flick (with an a.k.a title "Black Vengeance") and the cover image here on the website makes it look like an average Psycho-inspired slasher movie, in reality the film is a totally unique and unforgettable drive-in experience.

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