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Release Date:
October 1974 (USA) See more »
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"Is There Much Night Work?" See more »
Plot:
Honey comes to Los Angeles to seek her new lifestyle, but is flat broke. She gets a place to stay with Denise and Jill... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Sarah Kennedy ... Honey
Laurie Rose ... Denise
Mark Thomas ... Nick
Lynne Guthrie ... Jill
Ken Del Conte ... Mike
Solomon Sturges ... Vernon
Eugene Elman ... Sidney (as Gene Elman)
Mary Beth Hughes ... Mrs. Borden
Lou Tiano ... Lou

Cassandra Peterson ... Katya
Bob Schott ... Roger

Directed by
Stephanie Rothman 
 
Writing credits
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Stephanie Rothman 

Produced by
Charles S. Swartz .... producer
Lawrence Woolner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Andres 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel Lacambre 
 
Film Editing by
John A. O'Connor 
 
Costume Design by
Gwyn Ruutz-Rees 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Bullock .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Arthur Mortimer .... painter: mural painting
 
Sound Department
Sandy Glieberman .... sound effects editor
 

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Also Known As:
"Elvira Naked" - USA (video box title)
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USA:81 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Featured in Famous T & A (1982) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
It All Depends on MeSee more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Mixed Messages, 10 October 2004
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This is one of a number of Roger Corman produced drive-in movies from the 70's that focused on the lives and loves of various "career" women and attempted to take the traditional T and A sexploitation formula of the time and inject it with half-a**ed feminist themes. Like many of these other films (i.e. "The Student Teachers", "Candy Stripe Nurses") this movie offers some incredibly mixed messages. The main heroine, Honey, for instance, is a complete bimbo with a truly annoying voice. In a normal T and A flick she'd only be there to take her clothes off, but she doesn't here. Instead she flirts with contract killing, gets paid to talk to a reclusive billionaire (I'd pay her NOT to talk to me), and eventually reveals a talent for the stock market (even though she is as dumb as a box of rocks). Her roommate is a struggling artist, and in an interesting role reversal, it is her various male models that have the nude scenes. The third roommate, Jill, becomes a waitress and stripper (it is her and another stripper, played by Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson, who provide all the female nudity). She eventually becomes manager of the club and has a torrid affair with a handsome mafioso who is shaking the place down. He beats her up (when her roommates ask he her what happened, she says she was "fighting on the Italian front"), but incredibly, they part on good terms. Talk about mixed messages.

In its defense, however, this movie really isn't that bad or all that unbelievable (aside from the annoying Honey character). It does honestly portray a lot of the confusion that was being experienced at that time in the so-called Sexual Revolution. And while it's mixed messages probably didn't endear it to either feminists or the male raincoat brigade, it is vastly preferable to Corman's later "feminist" films which usually feature Maria Ford or Julie Strain beating up muscular guys while wearing nothing but a g-string. (This film is a cinematic feminist thesis by comparison). It was also directed by Stephanie Rothman, one of the first female exploitation directors who helmed a couple of interesting WIP flicks, "Terminal Island" and "Sweet Sugar", and one honest-to-god good movie, "The Velvet Vampire". You could do worse I guess.

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