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Ulli Lommel (writer)
John P. Marsh (writer)
Release Date:
March 1983 (USA) See more »
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An American engineer in London, who is helping to dismantle the London Bridge to be transported to Arizona... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Suzanna Love ... Olivia

Robert Walker Jr. ... Michael 'Mike' Grant (as Robert Walker)
Jeff Winchester ... Richard
Amy Robinson ... Olivia, age 5
Bibbe Hansen ... The Mother
Nicholas Love ... The Soldier
Kenneth R. Shippy ... Eric
Michael Evans ... Chairman

Ulli Lommel ... The Detective
Judy Walker ... The Manager
Ron James ... Broker
Raymond H. Shockey ... Man (as Ray Shockey)
Kathy Kartiganer ... Girl

Warren A. Stevens ... Client (as Warren Stevens)

Clement von Franckenstein ... Lawyer (as Clement St. George)
Eric Galloway ... Tour Guide
Doreen Bree ... Buyer
Jorge Zepeda ... Bartender
Martin Tannen ... Bobby

Directed by
Ulli Lommel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ulli Lommel  writer
John P. Marsh  writer
Ron Norman  writer

Produced by
Jochen Breitenstein .... associate producer
Gary Gillingham .... executive producer
James L. Honore .... executive producer (as James Honore)
Ulli Lommel .... producer
Tim Nielsen .... executive producer
Terrell Tannen .... co-producer
Herb Taylor .... associate producer
Original Music by
Joel Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Jochen Breitenstein 
Jon Kranhouse 
Ulli Lommel 
David Sperling  (as Dave Sperling)
Jürg V. Walther  (as Juerg. V. Walther)
Film Editing by
Terrell Tannen 
Casting by
Marvin Paige 
Set Decoration by
John Patricks 
Makeup Department
Erica Ueland .... makeup artist
Production Management
Stephen G. Cheikes .... production supervisor (as Stephen Cheikes)
Tom McGowan .... executive in charge of production
Ron Nehemiah .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John P. Marsh .... assistant director
Ron Norman .... assistant director
Terrell Tannen .... second unit director: London
Art Department
Nick Tiffany .... property master
Sound Department
Jan Barlett .... audio consultant
Jan Bartlett .... sound consultant
Ed Christiano .... sound recordist
Robert Deschaine .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Dillon .... sound re-recording mixer
David Dockendorf .... sound re-recording mixer
Dessie Markovsky .... sound effects editor
Emile Razpopov .... sound effects editor
Catherine Shields .... boom operator (as Cathy Shields)
Special Effects by
Tassilo Baur .... special effects
Dessie Markovsky .... special effects
Scott Ressler .... special effects
David Garbosch .... stunts
Trenna Harden .... stunts
Scott Rothacher .... stunts
Warren A. Stevens .... stunt coordinator (as Warren Stevens)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce Ayers .... still photographer
Phillipe Carr .... still photographer
Philippe Carr-Forster .... first assistant camera (as P. Carr-Forster)
John P. Daly .... grip
Shane D. Kelly .... first assistant camera
Bill Pope .... first assistant camera
George Sopeda .... grip
Peter Wiehl .... gaffer
Music Department
Ed Christiano .... music editor
Joel Goldsmith .... music producer
Craig Huxley .... special music effects (as Craig Hundley)
Other crew
Zelda Barron .... location manager: London
Stephen G. Cheikes .... production supervisor
Stephen E. Graff .... title designer
Bruce Peart .... production assistant (as Bruce Starr)
Roger Johnson .... thanks
Joe Strickler .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
80 min | USA:84 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Norway:18 (video rating) (1984) | Singapore:R21 | UK:18
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Ulli Lommel and Suzanna Love found London Bridge in Arizona while preparing for Revenge of the Boogeyman (1983). Lommel started writing a story that would involve London Bridge in London and Arizona's London Bridge.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Zodiac Killer (2005) (V)See more »


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A Touch of Surreality, 10 November 2007
Author: Thorsten_B ( from Frankfurt, Germany

Somehow one is reminded of Brian de Palmas film "Obsession" when watching this rarely seen German-American production from the early eighties. Ulli Lommel, once member of Rainer Werner Fassbinders highly intellectual actors group, turned to directing when he still under Fassbinders influence, but after his mentors untimely death he finally turned to more commercial topics. "Olivia" – or "A Taste of Sin", as it is apparently also known – at first sight looks like pure (S)Exploitation, but there's more to it. As Lommel says in the short interview that accompanies the films' German DVD release, the idea of the story came to his mind when he, while on a trip with his then-wife Suzanna Love (playing the main part), found out that the London Bridge was rebuild in Arizona. He used this as the outline for a sort of identity-switch trouble-personality killer-love story – combining two places with two personalities, both of which essentially having been one from the very beginning. True, the way the story unfolds is far from cinematic brilliance, but nonetheless it is quite entertaining; and in no one way is this modern fairytale the brutal splatter film that others would probably want it to be. There are some harsh effects, and a few violent scenes are included in the aforementioned DVD as bonus (yet only the material that was originally cut out is seen, which makes some of this bonus shorter than even a second!). But sex, murder and blood, while still important for the outline, are not the main attractions. Lommel intensely tries to give his film a psychological touch. Because of his limited skills in storytelling, he does not succeed. But still: Olivias rite of passage makes for entertaining viewing, especially is you like that particular touch of weirdness, absurdity and "otherness" that so many great underground pictures from the 70s carry.

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