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Josie's Castle (1971)

R | | Drama | 1972 (USA)
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Leonard Robbins (as Tom Fielding)
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Ken Tanaka
Holly Mascott ...
Josie Eliot
John Bakos ...
Sean
Barnaby Shackleford ...
Bartholomew
Helen Funai ...
Jennifer
Irene Martin ...
Mrs. Grace Margery McAllister
William Sumper ...
Used Car Salesman (as William L. Sumper)
Jo Anne Meredith ...
Leonard's Mother
Karl Lukas ...
1st Narc
Charles Cashmere ...
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Rita Kay ...
Jail Matron (as Rita Kaye)
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Blonde at Party
Carol Reis ...
Tijuana Prostitute
Mike De Anda ...
Driver in Mexico (as Miguel De Anda)
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It's all in Josie's Castle - the new delights and the new dangers... the SEX... the highs... the bummers. See more »

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A Bicycle Built for Three  »

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Theatrical Trailer is "42nd Street Forever! Volume 1: Horror on 42nd Street" DVD by Ban 1 Productions. See more »

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Josie: Divorcees are always looking for judges, someone who will tell them, "You were right and he was the bastard." What better judges could I find than two fellow divorcees? All in the same boat, all equally adrift.
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Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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Grass Is Always Greener (The Party Rock)
Written by Jimmie Haskell
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Not-so-hot vanity production
6 July 2015 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

When the unknown leading lady (Holly Mascott in this instance) also wrote the screenplay and did production design, you're probably watching a vanity production, and that's the case of JOSIE'S CASTLE, an overwritten example of what I term the Lifestyle segment of the soft porn genre. Though IMDb has all sorts of info about it listed, it is a bit mysterious in terms of its history.

Apparently it was showing at Film Festivals as early as 1971 but as often is the case did not really find its final form and release until several years later. I was not aware of it under any retitling on the '70s drive-in circuit and assume it achieved only limited bookings.

As described in heavy voice-over by Holly, the story set in San Diego in 1966 is about three young divorced people who hook up, rent a lovely old mansion (cheap because it's scheduled to be torn down) and live together communally as dropouts from regular society. Author Holly packs in endless detail and subplots, in the familiar manner of a neophyte first time filmmaker (as is the director, obviously her relative, Laurence Mascott) and it is clearly a project that got tinkered with quite a bit.

An early scene has the trio at a drive-in watching Pam Grier in THE ARENA, paired with an older film WOMAN HUNT. Since THE ARENA was not released until 1974, that means if the IMDb history is true, then JOSIE'S got plenty of footage added years after its first showings. I'm guessing that footage was the usual sex scenes and nudity to spice up a pretty dull picture.

Holly is peppy and does bare her breasts, whole co-star Tom Holland, a future film director but a lousy leading man, goes Full Monty, yet the big breasts and nipple shots that recur at various points in the movie must have been tacked on.

Third member of the triumvirate is the reason the movie has any residual interest at all -George Takei post-Sulu role in TV's "Star Trek". As is often the case with mainstream talent reduced to playing in fly-by-night productions (recall that "Star Trek" was initially a TV flop with its cast scattering to the four winds until the movie franchise version was created in the wake of STAR WARS' success), Takei is pretty squeaky clean -no nudity, no sex, not much for him to do as the third wheel -as the commune is not a sexual threesome, it turns out. Holland becoming a drug dealer (eating up a lot of the running time as a tiresome and poorly handled subplot) naturally estranges him eventually from the other two, as their mini-utopia falls predictably apart.

Ambitiously trying to portray the Hippie era in California and various themes of the mid to late '60s, JOSIE"S is an utter failure. Emphasis on an annoying (and fairly stereotypical) Gay character who pals around with trio, played by Barnaby Shackleford, plus an even more annoying full-time drug dealer who is Holland's mentor, John Bakos, the film drifts into pointless filler. Often, especially at the end, Holly's voice-over narration sounds disturbingly like the dime-store philosophy doled out by Ellen Pompeo on "Grey's Anatomy", and I mean that as an insult.


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