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The First Turn-On!! (1983)

R | | Comedy | November 1983 (USA)
A group of teenage summer campers and one counselor share the stories of their first sexual experiences when an avalanche traps them in a cave...

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Georgia Harrell ...
Michelle Farmer
Michael Sanville ...
Mitch 'Stud'
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Henry Putz
John Flood ...
Danny Anderson
Heidi Miller ...
Annie Goldberg
Al Pia ...
Alfred Zitzler
Betty Pia ...
Mrs. Anderson
Gilda Gumbo ...
Madame Gumbo
Lara Grills ...
Lucy the Hooker
Kristina Marie Wetzel ...
Barbara Billingham
Frank Trent Saladino ...
Joff
David Berardi ...
Johnny the Maniac
Ted Henning ...
Ted
Donna Winter ...
Mona the Ball Buster
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Dreamgirl
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A group of teenage summer campers and one counselor share the stories of their first sexual experiences when an avalanche traps them in a cave...

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This film was shot at an actual summer camp. Various campers from the camp are featured as extras in the movie. See more »

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Johnny the Maniac: Zingo!
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Production Naturalist: Ruth Kaufman Production Foot Doctors: Ed Wolf, Charles Kaufman Tarantula's Foot Doctor: Susan Kaufman See more »

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Referenced in Terror Firmer (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

You Were the First (To Turn Me On)
by Anne Benjamin and Terry Fabrizio
Performed by Terry and the Tornadoes
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Sex, lies, and Penthouse Pets (and Vincent D'nofrio)
6 August 2009 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

I used to hate 80's teen movies (it was bad enough actually BEING a teenager in the 80's without having to watch a bunch of crappy movies about it). But now a warm glow of nostalgia (or incipient senility) has set in and I kind of like some of them. I still don't care for some of the more famous ones ("The Breakfast Club", "Dirty Dancing", etc.), but I like some of the ones that are kind of realistic (if somewhat depressing) like "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "The Last American Virgin", or, on the other hand, films like this one that are so ridiculous you can't take them seriously at all. Since this film was made by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma, it is of course very self-consciously campy (if not quite as much as their more famous "Toxic Avenger" series). It takes place at a strange camp where the "campers" all seem to be in their early twenties. A counselor and four "campers" get trapped in a cave and decide to pass the time by telling each other stories of their "first time".

The stories are all REALLY dumb, but this movie uses an interesting device where the flashbacks on screen often contradict the story the character is telling. I remember a few years later a mainstream critic practically wetting himself when overrated film genius Steven Sodeberg did this in "sex, lies and videotape". Of course, this device is much more incompetently rendered here and a plot twist near the end really makes hash of it (but then again "sex, lies, and videotape" doesn't end in a big orgy like this one does).

But I'm sure nobody but me cares about any of this so let's get to the two most important things--the "T", and of course, the "A". There's plenty of it here naturally as in any Troma movie. Most of the girls, however, aren't stunningly attractive except for Sheila Kennedy, who was a former Penthouse Pet and years later appeared in the TV "reality dreck "Big Brother" (and I don't which of these is the skeleton in her closet). This movie is definitely a skeleton in the closet of Emmy and Academy Award-nominated actor Vincent D'nofrio. I certainly don't agree with Lloyd Kaufman's introductory comment that Sheila Kennedy is better in this than D'nofrio was in "Full Metal Jacket", but she's better than he is in this movie (of course, she doesn't have to stretch herself too much since she's actually playing a Penthouse Pet here). Anyway, those that enjoy this kind of celebrity early-career embarrassment will certainly enjoy Vince here.


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