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The Fire in Francesca (1977)

A private detective is hired by a Hollywood agent to find out who killed a beautiful young movie star.




Uncredited cast:
Ursula Austin ...
Girl from Previous Night (uncredited)
Patty Boyd ...
Francesca Farrell (uncredited)
Roger Caine ...
Dan McCord P.I. (uncredited)
Shaun Costello ...
Troy Winston (uncredited)
Jean Dalton ...
Sue Ann (uncredited)
Vanessa del Rio ...
Nadine Rothman (uncredited)
Andrew Harrington (uncredited)
Ashley Moore ...
Bobby (uncredited)


A private detective is hired by a Hollywood agent to find out who killed a beautiful young movie star.

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Adult | Crime | Mystery





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December 1977 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shaun Costello narrates the film's trailer. See more »


Shaun Costello's character is "Troy Winston". In the voice-over, Roger Caine initially calls him "Winston Troy". See more »


Followed by Slave of Pleasure (1978) See more »


Love Theme (Main Title)
from Chinatown (1974)
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
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Decent But Tame Porn/Mystery From Smut Director Shaun Costello
2 May 2006 | by (St. John's Abortion Clinic) – See all my reviews

THE FIRE IN FRANCESCA is a pretty tame entry by old-school XXX "roughie" and grindhouse standards from notorious smut-director, Shaun Costello. Lacking the rape, S&M, and other assorted fetishistic material that are "staples" of the 70's and 80's hardcore New York AVON scene - it's not a bad film overall but plays out more as a hardcore "whodunit", complete with bad acting and inept plot-twists...

Francesca is an aspiring actress who turns up dead, and investigator Dan McCord is brought in to crack the case. McCord meets up with Troy Winston - a shady agent who tells a story of how Francesca seduced him in order to break-in to the biz. McCord also hears the tale of another up-n'-cummer, who recalls a sordid tryst with Nadine Rothman (played by porn-regular Vanessa Del Rio - who as hip-hop artist NECRO aptly and accurately notes "looks like a she-male version of Gene Simmons"...) and a shady producer. The "twist" eventually cums out and we find that there's more than one side to the story - I can't really say much else without ruining the whole "plot" of the film...

Some relatively decent sex-scenes, including vigorous blow-jobs and the typical cooch-lapping, along with the requisite in/out-in/out. Nothing too hot but mediocre spank-worthy material. One scene that has Francesca double-teaming Winston and his buddy is strangely "disturbing", as Francesca double-sucks the guys, and then Winston bones Francesca while his buddy diddles and laps at her stuff with reckless abandon, while having homeboys package right up in his face. A little gay for my taste - but hey - whatever does it for 'em. The fact that THE FIRE actually has a mystery-style story redeems it to some degree - but TRUE "roughie" and sleaze-lovers won't find too much to write home about in this one. 6/10

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