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A great piece of early 70's film: this gem has it all.
Some special moments:
The beautiful Claudia Jennings in go-go boots or naked throughout most of the film!
The truckin' music video inserted about mid film!
The overt violence peppered throughout (from the opening execution in a bathtub, to the final battle featuring machine gun toting hookers and lots of tragic death)... all set to some great CB-era country music and a few bit that they had left over from "Land of the Lost"!
The southern New Mexico locations that cradle our heroes in their struggle!
The turncoat, Seago, getting trampled by 30 head of cattle in the back of a weaving truck!
Any way you slice it, this movie has it all. Sex, violence, bad acting, found locations, and a wacky plot that just keeps coming. I watch it often and inflict it on friends as a sort of, "bad-movie baptism".
As long as I can watch Truck Stop Women, Gator Bait, and Unholy Rollers, Ms. Jennings will not be forgotten.
this movie falls in to the"its so bad its good catergory"
bad acting,terrible corny dialog,a first class laugh riot!!
pick it up if you get a chance.
this film is blessed by the presence of the great john martino, and i couid never figure out why he disapeared after just a handful of movies,i thought he was great in this film,and as joey amato in capone, and of course paulie gatto in the godfather.
This is a pretty decent 70's drive-in flick featuring the undisputed
queen of 70's drive-in cinema, Claudia Jennings. Claudia and her
hard-as-nails mother run a truck-stop brothel in New Mexico which they
use as a base to get information on valuable loads that they can later
hijack by pretending to be stranded female motorists (the sight of
Jennings in short-shorts or hot pants is obviously enough to make any
male driver slam on his brakes), hitting the poor guys over the head,
and stealing their trucks. Jennings grows tired of her domineering
mother, however, and teams up with a slick East Coast Mafioso who is
trying to take over the operation. This leads to a violent show-down
between the rural hicks and the "citified" urban mobsters.
This movie contains a lot of violence, exciting car chases (actually semi-truck chases) and general rural mayhem. There is plenty of topless-ness (if an unfortunate dearth of bottomless-ness) by Claudia and her female cohorts. For some reason the main mobster played by John Martino is named "Smith" (perhaps because this was the era of the so-called "Italian-American Anti-Defamation League",ironically created by infamous mob boss Joe Colombo), but he is nevertheless still the complete Italian Mafia stereotype("Fuggedbaboutit"!). Busty bimbo Uschi Degert has her best role ever--she isn't fully dressed for one minute of it but doesn't utter a word of dialogue (lest viewers wonder what a thickly-accented Swedish immigrant is doing in rural New Mexico). Director Mark Lester does a good Cormanesque job of combining feisty feminism with gratuitous sexism (and frankly it's a lot more believable to see a woman like Jennings use her feminine wiles so she can conk a guy over the head with a crowbar than it is to see Peta Wilson or some other 100 lb. fashion model beating up musclebound guys three times their size with martial arts like in today's version of these faux feminist movies).
I would recommend ANY movie with Claudia Jennings, but this is one of her best
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Regarding the production of Truck Stop Women. Has anyone seen the news
lately? Phil Gramm, yes, that Phil Gramm, the former Senator and now
MCCain adviser was one of the producers of this schlock.
( schlock in the most favorable connotation possible. )
Also, he apparently kicked in about $15 grand or so for the production. Doesn't this suggest he might not be the best candidate for a cabinet position under John MCCain?
I wonder if Mr. Gramm invested in this film as a pure business decision without regard to the moral implications. Time will tell!
Amazed on the East Coast!
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Note the size of the cattle in the scene where Seago (Paul Carr) gets
trampled to death in the stock trailer - when the company came to shoot
this scene it turned out the livestock supplier had just sent
everything he had to auction but a few yearlings, so we ended up using
those and Paul did the scene on his knees (in the manure) to compensate
for the cows lack of height.
Like they say: "Ya gotta' love the biz."
Also the scene where the mobsters Lincoln is machine gunned was done with live ammunition - after which a Socorro county sheriff drove up and casually asked if we were going to do any more ...becuse he thought it would be a good idea for him to block the road if we were.
Ah those were the days...
This movie is as authentic as it gets, as far as 70s B movies go. It's
got plenty of gratuitous nudity, violence, tacky locales, slimy bad
guys, and ubiquitous vulgarity. In other words, everything that makes
these sorts of movies such a guilty pleasure.
The setting for this film, takes place in a dusty, out-of-the way town in New Mexico. A woman named Anna, runs a truck stop/diner/motel there. It's just a front though, for Anna's smuggling operation. With the help of her bodacious daughter Rose (played by Claudia Jennings), Anna and her henchmen waylay truckers on the road, steal their trucks, and then repaint them.
Anna does okay, running her smuggling ring for a while. But then some east coast mafia types, decide that they want to take over Anna's territory. The head mobster takes an interest in Rose, and tries to seduce her away from working with Anna. Rose is tempted by the city-slicker mobster, and his offer of a lucrative partnership with her.
Rose tries to undermine Anna and rebels against her, as Rose gets in deeper and deeper with her mobster beau. It's up to Anna and her partners, to try and turn Rose back to Anna's side, while fighting to keep the mobsters from taking over her smuggling ring.
Claudia is in a supporting role as Anna's daughter Rose. It's not her best movie. But Claudia sure has the physique and the fiery charisma, to portray the sexy, renegade Rose. Only Lieux Dressler as Anna, gives as compelling a performance as Claudia does. The rest of the cast is basically forgettable.
Truck Stop Women is tacky, campy, 70s B movie fun. It's a real loose-cannon, of a 70s low-budget film. Fans of Claudia Jennings, won't be disappointed.
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I watched this movie for three reasons. The first being Claudia Jennings. She's one of the the hottest women ever. The second being John Martino, "Paulie" from The Godfather. He's a cool actor; I also liked him in "Dillinger" where his death scene is one of the best ever. The third being a friend of mine has a cameo, playing a girl who witnesses a truck crashing with her boyfriend in a very memorable, and entertaining, scene. And I really like this movie. The acting is actually good. Dennis Fimple stands out as the likable sidekick. The camera-work flows well, with some creative shots. The story is interesting, and for a drive-in flick, quite complex... so much so I had to watch it a few times to keep up. That's the only low-point though. I kind of wish it were more simple. Not simplistic, simple. But the pace is high and the woman are plenty-hot and the music is enjoyably bad. I recommend this for anyone who wants to turn off, tune out, and have a whiskey or two in the process.
This is a cola and popcorn movie, to be enjoyed, not criticised for its
'artistic' quality. It is one to pass time with, not scrutinise.
The plot was simple and plausible. While some say the acting was bad, I would disagree. The characters were portrayed well. Besides, the actors were from 1974, not 2009. I assume the acting was up to the standards of the days, especially so for a mindless action movie.
There was a bit of suspense, too, although not enough to change the genre of the movie. We more or less knew who was on which side.
The chase sequences were picturised well. Of course, being a 1974 film, the action was of a class of that era, not today's. So, no hi-fi gadgetry here. Pure rustic truck-boy action.
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With her lovely, delicately sculpted face, lustrous long red hair,
sparkling blue eyes, slender, shapely figure, ceaseless vivacity, and
strong, assertive, engaging personality, the late, great, much-missed
former "Playboy" Playmate of the Year turned surprisingly good actress
Claudia Jennings was undoubtedly the Venus of delightfully low-rent
nickel'n'dime white-trash 70's grind-house grunge -- and quite possibly
the Ultimate Drive-In Movie Goddess. Her untimely, unfortunate death at
the tragically young age of 29 -- she was hit head-on by a truck while
driving her car en route to an audition for a part in a film which
might have crossed her over into the mainstream -- has left a yawning
void that no other actress could even begin to fill.
Luckily, Claudia left behind a most formidable legacy of top-rate Me Decade exploitation bilge, with such gloriously greasy'n'grungy goodies as "'Gatorbait," "Unholy Rollers," "The Great Texas Dynamite Chase," and this choice chunk of righteously raucous'n'raunchy sleaze-ball fun doing their part to keep Claudia's legend alive in $.99 cent two night rental bin eternity. Claudia's in peak spitfire, take-charge, no-bulls**t form here as Rose, a spoiled rotten little strumpet b**ch who wants to take over the highly successful restaurant cum prostitution, car-jacking and smuggling ring that's sternly run by her equally redoubtable, domineering, tough-minded mother Aunt Anna (a rip-snorting slice of fat, juicy, lip-licking prime A-cut ham from veteran soap opera actress Lieux Dressler, who also popped up in the indispensable fright film favorites "Grave of the Vampire" and "Kingdom of the Spiders"). Rose hooks up with a couple of slick'n'slimy Mafia hoods in order to take over Aunt Anna's prosperous, eminently desirable and highly illegal operation, with the whole thing culminating in a bitterly ironic mother/daughter gunslinger-style showdown which actually transpires in a dusty, desolate abandoned ghost town! Spirited, rowdy and immensely good-natured despite its scuzzy subject matter, "Truck Stop Women" makes for an insanely enjoyable affair that's loaded with all the right eager and aiming to please exploitation feature ingredients, namely ample gratuitous female nudity (Claudia in particular looks completely stunning sans shirt), shoot-outs, bloody rub-outs (watch for the scene where two dastardly fellows get trampled to death by irate cows!), double and triple crosses, a suitably lowbrow sense of rollicking, trashed-out humor, a hit-you-over-the-head-with-a-frying-pan "liberated women gleefully stick it to smug sexist oppressive dudes" feminist subtext (almost all the gals in this one use and abuse unsuspecting patsy guys for their own greedy self-serving reasons), deliciously ludicrous plot twists, and more gear-grinding, smoke-spewing, rubber-roasting full-throttle stomp on the gas mondo destructo truck chases than you can shake a rusty monkey wrench at. Highlights include one 18-wheeler taking the almighty plunge off a steep embankment and the corrupt, corpulent gutbucket sheriff having his beloved police car turned into an asphalt flapjack by a speeding Semi.
Director/co-screenwriter Mark ("Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw," "Class of 1984") Lester pumps the pace into hyper-kinetic overdrive and allows the infectiously enthusiastic actors to cheerfully emote their crazed heads off. Tubby sourpuss Gene Drew and scrawny goof-ball Dennis Fimple supply hilariously bumbling'n'fumbling comic relief as Aunt Anna's inept flunkies, John Martino lets the smarmy charm ooze freely as an excessively oily sludgewad mobster, familiar 70's TV movie face Paul Carr appears as a character so shady he even gets his own cheesy recurrent spaghetti Western-style twangy guitar theme, and generously over-proportioned Russ Meyer starlet Uschi Digard proudly displays her substantial wares as a perpetually topless truck stop trollop. The steady succession of blow-your-speakers-out boisterous country music from both the fantastic Rod Hart (the theme song's a real doozy) and the simply stupendous Big Mack and the Truckstoppers seriously smokes. All in all, what we've got here is a bona-fide four-star both thumbs way up 70's drive-in celluloid landmark of tremendous cultural importance and artistic integrity, meaning that it's flat-out mindless trash with absolutely no pretense or delusions of grandeur to speak of.
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