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September 1975 (USA) See more »
The Bad Girl Who Was REAL Good...
A seductive woman, who left her small fishing town long ago after being caught with another woman's husband, returns to shake up the place by seducing everyone, including the woman and her girlfriends. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mary Mendum ... Priscilla Howe (as Rebecca Brooke)
Jennifer Jordan ... Abigail Lesley (as Sarah Nicolson)
Eric Edwards ... Chester

Jamie Gillis ... Gordon Howe
Chris Jordan ... Alice Anne
Jennifer Welles ... Drucilla
Julia Sorel ... Lila
Susan Sloan ... Tracey (as Anne Keel)
Alex Mann ... Tyler

Sonny Landham ... Bo

Directed by
Joseph W. Sarno  (as Joe Sarno)
Writing credits
Joseph W. Sarno (written by) (as Joe Sarno)

Original Music by
Jack Justis 
Cinematography by
Bil Godsey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joseph W. Sarno (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peggy Steffans .... assistant director
Sound Department
Phil Voza .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Kantrowitz .... gaffer (as Mike Cantrowitz)
Ron Levitus .... assistant camera
Music Department
Jack Justis .... music performer
Other crew
Armand Weston .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"The Secret Garden" - USA (alternative title)
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USA:100 min (DVD release)
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There is a scene in the movie (near a canal) that was filmed behind what was later known as the The Amityville Horror (1979) house.See more »
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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Abigail Leslie is Back on DVD, 20 February 2006
Author: babycarrot67 from Columbus, Ohio

At last, a long-lost Joe Sarno film from his peak period as a softcore director has made its way onto DVD, just like the titular character Abigail Leslie has been away for years but has now returned to the small town of Baypoint, where her sexual appetite made her infamous. Abigail is a woman who is serious about her carnal pursuits, and upon her return she immediately re-establishes her pursuit of the flesh of a lonely tomboy (Chris Jordan) who has a longing for her brother (Eric Edwards), a repressed housewife (Julia Sorel) who harbors a hidden love of the ladies, and a troubled husband and wife (Jamie Gillis and Rebecca Brooke), Abigail having seduced the husband prior to her departure years earlier. Through a series of erotic encounters, all of which are instigated by Abigail Leslie, all the characters in the story find sexual healing and some degree of happiness, and some just have a plain old good time.

There are many appealing elements to "Abigail Leslie". The acting by the entire cast is strong, with Rebecca Brooke again delivering a moving, believable, multi-faceted performance. In fact, the entire female cast is exceptional in the acting department -- Sarno's script must have struck a cord with these women. As for the men, Eric Edwards is in fine form again, while Jamie Gillis, usually an outstanding actor in adult-oriented films, is quite subdued in his performance, but his screen time is limited anyway. While Rebecca Brooke could steal the acting award with her wide, expressionistic eyes, Sara Nicholson, aka Jennifer Jordan, cannot be overlooked in the titular role of Abigail. She and Brooke are the main focal points of the film and Nicholson plays her role with such a careful understanding and understating that it is clear she enjoyed having the unusually good script and director with which to work. Not to be outdone, Chris Jordan, Julia Sorel and Jennifer Welles steal a few scenes themselves.

Joe Sarno again creates a story populated with real, everyday people. His sense of humor occasionally lightens the mood, but his film is, for the most part, quite dramatic. He is as in tune with the characters psychologically as well as sexually, and "Abigail Leslie" is clearly among his best works. The acting scenes are as strong as the sex scenes, which are erotic and very steamy. The often somber (but not overly so) mood is enhanced by the minimal Jack Justice score and photography by Armand Weston, both of whom would work again with Sarno, with nearly the entire cast of "Abigail Leslie", on the following year's "Misty", which is an even better film. So, once again, adults wanting an intelligent erotic film will find themselves well-served by Sarno and Abigail Leslie.

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