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Georgia Harrell (additional material)
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November 1983 (USA) See more »
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... | Add synopsis »
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Georgia Harrell ... Michelle Farmer
Michael Sanville ... Mitch 'Stud'

Googy Gress ... 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
Sheila Kennedy ... Dreamgirl

Mark Torgl ... Dwayne
Donna Barnes ... Jane
Sioban Fergus ... Cathy
Steve Hollander ... Stinky

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Lobotomy
Russell Matthews ... Pissing Johnnie

Mitchell Whitfield ... Bedwet Micky
Nick Pannone ... Bozo
Michel Schoffel ... Melvin
Randy Matthews ... Snake
Gretchen Weiner ... Mrs. Richards
Ebb Miller ... Mr. Richards
William Kirksey ... Herpes Announcer
Steven Chambers ... Dick
Dennis Berrigan ... Dingo
Thur Adams ... Ringo
Katya Colman ... Nature Counselor
Deborah Whitley ... MaryLou
Vicki Juditz ... Suzie
Julie Anne Parker ... Julie
Rubin Ruzan ... Robin
Arleen O'Brien ... Arleen
William Cheverino ... Camp Buyer
Andrea Suter ... Thelma
Catherine Hayes ... Nature Family Mother
Barbara Gurskey ... Nature Family Sister
Michael Corcoran ... Nature Family Father
Kevin Rice ... Nature Family Brother
Alex Ross Harper ... Alex

Rondell Sheridan ... Rondell
John Stoltzfus ... Phil Twin #1
Bob Stoltzfus ... Phil Twin #2
Carla Bragoli ... Leather Girl
Ron Conroy ... Ron
Al Spellman ... Al
Don Costello ... Butler
Konni Novinger ... Konni
Rachel Allisyn ... Miriam
Joanne Jarvis ... Girl with Greyhound
Joe Simpson ... Dating Service Twin #1
Sam Simpson ... Dating Service Twin #2
Dana Rossi ... Dana
June De Young ... June
Amy Montinari ... Amy Ferd
Gary Pratt ... Tattoo
Chris Castillo ... Metal Detector Man
Sloane Herz ... Little Girl
Ellen Christiansen ... Butch
Michael Serrapica ... Narrator (voice)
Scherzo Harrell ... Dog Date

Directed by
Michael Herz 
Lloyd Kaufman  (as Samuel Weill)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Georgia Harrell  additional material
Michael Herz  additional material
Lloyd Kaufman  additional material
Stuart Strutin  written by
Mark Torgl  additional material

Produced by
Michael Herz .... producer
Lloyd Kaufman .... producer
William Kirksey .... executive producer
Stuart Strutin .... associate producer
Spencer A. Tandy .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Lloyd Kaufman 
Film Editing by
Adam Fredericks 
Richard King 
Casting by
Melanie Mintz 
Art Direction by
Ellen Christiansen 
Costume Design by
Danielle Brunon 
Makeup Department
Jennifer Aspinall .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Eileen Nad Castaldi .... post-production supervisor
Nelson Vaughn .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ilan Cohen .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Patricia Brolsma .... boom operator
Wendy Caplin .... sound editor
Mark Pancza .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Leslie Larraine .... special effects director
Dale Oprandy .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Castillo .... grip
John De Camp .... electrician
William Moore .... key grip
Editorial Department
Richard W. Haines .... supervising editor (as Richard Haines)
Richard Kurtz .... post-production coordinator
Other crew
Jeffrey Dumais .... location manager
Maris Herz .... administrative executive
Patricia Kaufman .... administrative executive (as Pat Swinney Kaufman)
Mike Marcucci .... production assistant
Mark Torgl .... script supervisor

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88 min | UK:87 min
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This film was inspired by co-director Michael Herz's meeting his wife at a summer camp when he was a kid.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Sex, lies, and Penthouse Pets (and Vincent D'nofrio), 6 August 2009
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

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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