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Release Date:
April 1977 (USA) See more »
She starts where Emmanuelle left off [UK]
Olivia Pascal stars as Vanessa who was raised in a convent after the death of her parents. Due to an... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Olivia Pascal ... Vanessa Anden
Anton Diffring ... Major Kenneth Cooper (as Anthony Diffring)
Günter Clemens ... Adrian Dijon
Uschi Zech ... Jackie
Eva Eden ... Clé Cooper
Henry Heller
Eva Leuze ... Tai-Neh
Astrid Boner ... Oberin (as Astrid Bohner)
Gisela Krauss ... Hilda
Peter M. Krueger (as Peter M. Krüger)
Tom Garven ... Prinz Bandor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivar Combrinck ... Prinz Bandor (voice) (uncredited)
Constanze Engelbrecht ... Vanessa Anden (voice) (uncredited)
Christina Hoeltel ... Jackie (voice) (uncredited)
Otto Retzer ... Mann mit Machete (uncredited)
Manfred Schmidt ... Konsul Anthony Grüter (voice) (uncredited)
Helga Trümper ... Clé Cooper (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Hubert Frank 
Writing credits
Kurt Nachmann (written by) (as Joos De Ridder)

Produced by
Karl Spiehs .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Gerhard Heinz 
Cinematography by
Franz Xaver Lederle  (as Franz X. Lederle)
Film Editing by
Mimi Werkmann 
Eva Zeyn 
Production Design by
Klaus Haase 
Costume Design by
Ursula Eggert 
Makeup Department
Mathilde Basedow .... makeup artist
Production Management
Otto Retzer .... unit manager (as Otto W. Retzer)
Erich Tomek .... production manager
Camera and Electrical Department
Horst Knechtel .... assistant camera
Crew believed to be complete

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Finland:K-18 | New Zealand:(Banned) | Norway:18 (1983) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:X | USA:R (edited for re-rating) (1979) | West Germany:18 (nf)
Filming Locations:

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Jackie:All religious writings are pornographic.See more »
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Need this film!, 25 November 2001

As a very young kid in the late 70's, I remember sneaking views of this classic flick on the 'adult' cable channels of the time. I was always into film even very young, and this one I knew was different. I thought the combination of the photography, music, direction, and locales made this a very exotic film. And of course, Olivia Pascal looked great. I would love to get this on video, even the cut cable version, if anyone has it, please email me. A DVD release would be great.

Addition - it is now May 2015, almost 14 years since I wrote the above review. I'm glad to say today that "Vanessa" has indeed been on DVD for a while, and a spectacular release it is. Great picture, great sound and amazing extras like interviews and even home movies during shooting!

I'm pushing 50 and I still love this film as much as I did when I first saw it, maybe in 1978 or '79 on cable. I'm not saying it is going to win awards. I just simply love everything this film has to offer - the beauty, the haunting music, the touch of black magic, the characters, and of course, Vanessa/Olivia Pascal, who is nothing short of absolutely stunning here.

Of course there is a rampant sexual fever throughout, and the tension between Vanessa and Jackie builds to a fantastic climax, no pun intended. All the actors look like they are having a good time, really getting into their roles.

What can I say, I just love this flick. Pick up the amazing DVD release before it becomes unavailable.

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