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When touring the talk show circuit to promote this film, Pia Zadora repeatedly portrayed it as "a cross between Rocky (1976) and Emmanuelle (1974)".
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Meshulam Rikls, Pia Zadora's billionaire husband at the time this film was made, reputedly spent $5 million to make it, then paid Universal Pictures several million more to give it a theatrical release in the United States.
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This film's entire American marketing campaign - Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots and Radio Ads - was written by Razzie Awards founder John Wilson, who argued with its producer to restore several especially funny scenes because he wanted to use them as clips in his Razzie Awards for Worst Achievements in Film. The scenes eventually did appear in the released film, and at the fourth Annual Razzie Awards ceremonies.
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Pia Zadora attended an opening night showing of this film in West Los Angeles, where half of the audience were voting members of the Razzie Awards, and the film was greeted with hoots and howls of derisive laughter throughout. After the showing, Zadora gamely stood in the lobby and signed autographs for anyone in attendance who wanted one.
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This film is listed among the Top Ten Best Bad Films ever made in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book "The Official Razzie Movie Guide".
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This movie was released on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory on June 13, 2017 with new high-definition film transfer taken from the interpositive presented in its original theatrical 1:85 aspect ratio.
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Pia Zadora was the first actress to win back-to-back consecutive Razzie Awards winning first for Worst Actress for Butterfly (1982) then won the same award for this movie the next year.
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This movie was first released in the United States just four months before the similarly titled but decidedly different comedy The Lonely Guy (1984).
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In the novel on which this film is based, the scene where Pia Zadora's character accepts Best Screenplay was set at the Academy Awards and featured Jerilee Randall dropping her dress to appear totally nude with an Oscar statuette tattooed across her torso, the head of which was buried in her crotch.
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The title theme song is sung over the ending credits by Larry Graham: This version is not included on the soundtrack LP, where it is instead sung by Ellis Hall Jr.
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Ray Liotta's first cinematic appearance.
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This film was made and released about seven years after its source novel of the same name by Harold Robbins was first published in 1976.
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Pia Zadora was cast in the lead role of Jerilee Randall after source novelist Harold Robbins saw her in Butterfly (1982).
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This was the final filmed adaptation of a Harold Robbins novel for almost twenty years until Harold Robbins' Body Parts (2001).
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When this movie was in development at Universal Pictures, this film's lead actress Pia Zadora was making controversial headlines in the media with Butterfly (1982). This movie was Pia Zadora's final big movie role as a leading actress in a cinema movie, Zadora's other films being not significant theatrical releases.
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Harold Robbins reportedly based the character of Jerilee Randall on his memories of Jacqueline Susann.
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Actress Susan Blakely was once touted for the lead role of Jerilee Randall.
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