"Master of Dragonard Hill" aka "Dragonard" is a combination of a "Mandingo" rip-off crossed with a boddice-ripper romance aet in a Carribean island during the 1750s. In short, a trashy exploitation flick with great scenery. The plot, what little there is of it, revolves around the plantation holders, their slaves and the salacious revelry at Eartha Kitt's bordello. Patrick Warburton ("The Tick") plays a hunky Scottish nobleman (with a strictly American accent) sold into slavery and lusted after by Claudia Udy the slutty daughter of the island's governor and Annabel Schofield the repressed wife of his new master (she's actually her husband's SISTER, adding some twisted incest shadings to their relationship). Warburton is more interested in Schofield and the soundtrack keeps blasting "Tristan and Isolde" ad nauseum during their scenes together. Hubby finds out and has Warburton whipped in public (this punishment is the "Dragonard" of the title.) Eartha bribes the executioner to spare his life and hides him at the bordello. Claudia blackmails Eartha for his services during a masquerade party where she does a bump and grind kooch dance dressed as Cleopatra! (This really is as silly as it sounds). Eartha's support of an impending slave revolt pays off. Oliver Reed shows up occasionally (for no apparent reason) as the drunken captain of a slave ship to act sauced and get into bar fights.
This film could have been good trashy fun if everyone were chewing the scenery with as much gusto as Reed and Kitt and the direction wasn't so pedestrian. What you get is lots of unintentionally hilarious sleaze, lusty love scenes and a pretty nasty whipping. The climactic slave revolt is staged well enough but seems almost anti-climactic after the amount of build-up it is given. Bad film buffs or fans of Eartha might want to give it a look, otherwise don't waste your money or time. I give it a 3 out of 10 rating.
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