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The Passions of Carol (1975)

This story is based on Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol", and was the first complete screenplay that I wrote. All previous efforts were shot from detailed outlines and used improvised ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Mary Stuart ...
Carol Scrooge (as Merrie Holiday)
Kim Pope ...
The Hatchets
The Hatchets
Arturo Millhouse ...
The Spirits
Kevin Andre ...
The Spirits (as Kevin André)
Shaun Costello ...
The Spirits (as Helmuth Richler)
Susan Sloan ...
Barbie White (as Rose Cranston)
Day Jason ...
Gina (as Daniela Di Orici)
Toni Scott ...
Pauli the Maid (as Angela Dermer)
Marc Stevens ...
Lance Marley's Ghost
Curt Reynolds
Alan Marlow ...
Billy Baxter (as Alan Barow)
Ashley Moore ...
Hooker's Customer (as Stuart Dickerson)
Carter Stevens ...
Tony (as Alan Grodin)


This story is based on Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol", and was the first complete screenplay that I wrote. All previous efforts were shot from detailed outlines and used improvised dialogue. All subsequent efforts were totally scripted. Written by Shaun Costello

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Adult | Comedy | Fantasy





Release Date:

24 March 1975 (USA)  »

Box Office


$18,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Passions of Carol opened simultaneously at the Capri and the Quad cinemas in Manhattan on Monday, March 24, 1975. The film played for two weeks at the Quad (which did not maintain a regular adult policy) but continued on at the Capri - a significant New York adult venue - for 9 weeks total, closing on May 26, 1975. Compared to other bookings at the Capri, it would appear that The Passions of Carol had a long and successful run. See more »


Nearly 16 minutes into the movie, the director and cinematographer are seen filming the movie in a mirror behind the actors for about 15 seconds; a few seconds later, a crew member is seen walking in the mirror. See more »


Carol Scrooge: Are you just what's happening to me? Or are you what's happening to everyone?
The Spirits: Well, you are a curious little munchkin. Well, if you must know, I'm your 'now'. I mean at least now I'm your now. Other nows I'm other people's nows. Did you get all of that? I mean, I'm just happening everywhere, honey. I'm so now that, well, if there were such a thing as reincarnation I'd come back as Bloomingdale's.
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I wrote and directed this movie.
28 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My name is Shaun Costello and I wrote and directed this movie. This was the very first hard core XXX adult film to open in a straight theater. It opened at the Quad Cinemas in 1975 to empty seats. My first flop. It was big, it was noisy, it was colorful, it was funny, but there was one thing it wasn't; it wasn't sexy. It was shot in 16MM film with a budget of $14,000. which wound up at about $18,000. after overages. I had never worked on a sound stage before, and had to keep the production going 24 hours a day to complete it anywhere near it's original budget. It was shot at what became Mother's Sound Stage in New York's East Village. My wonderful neighbors, who lived in my rent controlled apartment building on East 21st Street, built the sets, sewed the costumes, and in general just made it all happen. My friend David Wool created the skyline of Manhattan that is seen from Carol Scrooge's window, and built it out of corrugated cardboard. To David, and Harriett, and Shelly, and the rest; I could never have done this without you. This is an odd movie that does have some hilarious moments.

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