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September 1975 (USA) See more »
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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)
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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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What goes around comes around, 14 February 2015
Author: melvelvit-1 from NYC suburbs

She hightailed it after a scandal but now ABIGAIL LESLEY IS BACK IN TOWN and the old gang's creamin' their jeans, let me tell ya. They all knew each other back in high school when they either lusted after or had sex with each other and now, ten years later, it's happening all over again, their marriages be damned...

Joe Sarno's oneiric 1975 (im)morality tale has a number of superstars from The Golden Age Of Porn (Jamie Gillis, Jennifer Welles, Eric Edwards) doing softcore (where a modicum of acting replaces penetration) and guess what- nobody breaks the suspension of disbelief or embarrassed themselves. This may be softcore porn but it inhabits the same universe as it's XXX brethren -a world where sexual fulfillment is the most important thing in life. It's the only thing, in fact, and if it isn't, there's something wrong with you, like Priscilla (Rebecca Brooke). I was down with it but tremors began to crack the terrain when a couple of characters professed their love at the end (Abigail to Priscilla, Priscilla & Chester to each other) and I had a Scarlett O'Hara moment when I thought, "But where will they go? What will they do?" because not one of them worked or did much of anything besides think or worry about sex when they weren't actually having it.

In this universe there's nothing wrong (as Priscilla found out) that a little liberation can't cure so I was gobsmacked when Priscilla told Chester that the only way they could be happy was to "leave this place". Why? Are they running from a past they had no trouble embracing in more ways than one? That revelation turned this universe on its ear and my comprehension crumbled along with it. The cock-blocking mixed message confounded me but the film's anatomical and pastoral (a New England fishing village) tableaux were so nice to look at, I didn't care. It was filmed in Amityville, Long Island but I'm not reel sure what possessed writer/director Sarno. Not that it matters, of course -I was spellbound. I was surprised beautiful leading lady Rebecca Brooke (aka Mary Mendum) wasn't the titular vixen but her Priscilla was the film's focal point and she its star. Brooke was found floating in a Boca Raton, Florida canal a couple of years ago, "accidently drowned" but I can't find out anything more about it.

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