Don Juan-like playboy doesn't get old, but his photographs do. One day he takes a couple to see adult movies. Hardcore version of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray.


5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adult | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Miss Jones is tired of her life and commits suicide. She comes to a place where its decided if she will end up in Heaven or Hell. Because of her suicide she should go to Hell but she has ... See full summary »

Director: Gerard Damiano
Stars: Harry Reems, Georgina Spelvin, John Clemens
Water Power (1977)
Adult | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In the fall of 1976 I was in the midst of moving to a farm in Krumville, New York when the phone rang. It was Sid Levine, the front man for the porno unit of the Gambino crime family. I was... See full summary »

Director: Shaun Costello
Stars: Jamie Gillis, John Buco, C.J. Laing
Pussy Talk (1975)
Adult | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Claude Mulot
Stars: Pénélope Lamour, Béatrice Harnois, Sylvia Bourdon
Adult | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Christina is abducted by two thugs days before her wedding.

Director: Armand Weston
Stars: Roger Caine, Eric Edwards, Bree Anthony
Adult | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Armand Weston
Stars: Ras Kean, Catharine Burgess, Eve Adams
Adult | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Under the influence of her "bad" friend, Cathy is caught experimenting with drugs by her religious mother. The parents feel the best thing for their wayward daughter is a little psychiatric... See full summary »

Director: Armand Weston
Stars: Jean Jennings, Fred J. Lincoln, Day Jason
Blue Voodoo (Video 1984)
Adult | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A spurned woman uses voodoo to exact vengeance on the man she loved.

Directors: Romeo Davis, Armand Weston
Stars: Colleen Anderson, Jean Dalton, Vanessa del Rio
Boy 'Napped (1975)
Adult | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: David E. Durston
Stars: Michael Hardwick, Dwane Carter, Jamie Gillis
Adult | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A rich socialite escapes her boring lifestyle when a ghost takes her to a sexual hell where anything goes.

Director: Jonas Middleton
Stars: Catharine Burgess, Jamie Gillis, Laura Nicholson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

As the bus empties the students for their field trip to the Museum of Natural History, little does the tour guide suspect that the students are there for more than just another tour. First,... See full summary »

Director: Jim Buckley
Stars: Arcadia Lake, Merle Michaels, Hillary Summers
Dynamite (1972)
Adult | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A pretty young woman has a job selling sex aids door-to-door. One of her products is a cream that's "guaranteed" to keep an erection for a long period of time. She soon finds out that the product works all too well.

Directors: John Amero, Lem Amero
Stars: Marcia Rivers, Steve Gould, Dolly Sharp
Mafia Girls (1975)
Adult | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff takes on the mafia, after his son is beaten and his daughter-in-law raped because of an unpaid debt. He hires Joe Napoli, a Vietnam-Vet to help him track down the mob-boss.

Director: Norbert Meisel
Stars: Anthony Fortunado, Colleen Brennan, Claudine Beccarie


Cast overview, first billed only:
Wade Nichols ...
Darrin Blue
Henrietta Wilde (segment "1920's")
George Spencer ...
Max (segment "1920's")
Rayman Sharque ...
John Dillinger (segment "1930's")
Brigette Lynne ...
Jean Harlot (segment "1930's")
Dick Carballo ...
Whitey (segment "1930's") (as Dick Galan)
Clea Carson ...
Faye (segment "1930's")
Annette Haven ...
Virginia Slimms (segment "1940's")
Bill Nunnery ...
Louie (segment "1940's")
Ursula Austin ...
Teenager (segment "1940's")
W.P. Dremak ...
SS Captain (segment "1940's") (as W.P. Drémak)
Erick Lueders ...
SS Lieutenant (segment "1940's")
Alexis Del Lago ...
SS Major (segment "1940's")
Lounge Singer (segment "1940's")
Susaye London ...
Dottie (segment "1950's")


Don Juan-like playboy doesn't get old, but his photographs do. One day he takes a couple to see adult movies. Hardcore version of Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Where Hollywood left off... Take Off Takes It All Off!


Adult | Comedy | Fantasy


X | See all certifications »




Release Date:

1 April 1986 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

A Nudez de Hollywood  »

Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Many of the character names are takeoffs on famous ones. "Darrin Blue" is a variation of Dorian Gray, "Jean Harlot" of Jean Harlow, "Dolly Martin" of Dolly Parton and "Truman Coyote" of Truman Capote. See more »


Version of Pact with the Devil (2004) See more »


Your Cheatin' Heart
Written by Hank Williams (uncredited)
Performed by Marcia Minor (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Surprisingly Well Written and Acted
12 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This classic adult film was produced at the height of the "golden age" of porn, when a number of directors truly wanted to make "art" out of movies featuring people actually having sex.

Bolstered by an intelligent script by Daria Price, "Take Off" is a riff on "The Picture of Dorian Gray," with the main character of the film (Darrin Blue - get it?) remaining eternally young, while his image on a stag film continues to age. The film begins in the 1920s, and we follow Darrin's adventures decade by decade through the 1970s. There are some pretty corny situations that pop up along the way, along with a few adolescent attempts at humor, but this film still stands out as an example of a dirty movie that can maintain audience interest in between the sex scenes.

It helps that "Take Off" features some of the most well known porn stars of the era - Georgina Spelvin, Annette Haven, Leslie Bovee, and Wade Nichols - and their performances help raise the quality of the film. Wade Nichols and Georgina Spelvin, in particular, are a wonder to watch - they're not just good porn actors, but good actors...period. Wade Nichols did find some mainstream success in "The Edge of Night" soap opera in the late 70s and 80s, but I'm still mystified as to why Georgina Spelvin could never quite cross over - she could easily hold her own among a number of so-called accomplished actresses. Oh, and look for a brief cameo from Peter Scolari of "Bosom Buddies" fame in his first film role!

The production values of the film are noteworthy, too, with beautiful costumes and sets that represent in fine detail every decade depicted on screen.

And while this movie is no Oscar contender, after watching it, you can't help but wonder where adult films might be today had the home video phenomenon not transformed the porn industry into the wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am DVD selections of the present. "Take Off" certainly gives you a glimpse of what can happen when sex and smarts get together.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Take Off (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page