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Sweet Ecstasy (1962)

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Not Rated | | Drama | 7 March 1962 (France)
Olivier, a handsome but callow and moody young student, picks up an enthusiastic actress during a theatre rehearsal, and is introduced to her acquaintances -- a group of jaded rich kids who... See full summary »


Max Pécas (as Max Pecas)


Jacques Aucante (screenplay), Grisha Dabat (dialogue) (as G.M. Dabat) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Brice ... Maddy
Elke Sommer ... Elke
Vittoria Prada Vittoria Prada ... Barbara
Christian Pezey Christian Pezey ... Olivier
Jenny Astruc Jenny Astruc ... Mick
Michèle Bardollet Michèle Bardollet ... Choutte (as Michelle Bardollet)
Robert Drame Robert Drame ... (as Robert Darame)
Michel Gordon Michel Gordon
Lionel Bernier Lionel Bernier
Brigitte Suard Brigitte Suard
Mitsouko ... (as Mitzouko)
Conrad Pringle Conrad Pringle
Robert Barre Robert Barre
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Olivier, a handsome but callow and moody young student, picks up an enthusiastic actress during a theatre rehearsal, and is introduced to her acquaintances -- a group of jaded rich kids who spend their time storming around the Riviera harassing passersby, throwing wild parties and following all the latest trends. When sexy Elke gives him the eye, he leaves the actress in the lurch and joins the gang for a decadent party aboard a yacht. However, Elke's wanton ways and Olivier's inexperience do not mesh. Charlie accidentally sets the yacht afire. The gang wreaks its vengeance by luring him into a dangerous contest of bravura on a construction site.

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Like one of those perfumed nights that rob you of sleep...




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7 March 1962 (France) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.44 (1961) See more »


Please Play Mr Sellin
Music by Georges Garvarentz
Performed by Pierre Sellin, Sa Trompette Et Ses Rythmes
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Now, Maddy, you've heard me purr.
2 September 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

If this film was remade today, it would feature Paris and Nicole and other trust fund babies who spend their time in the clubs of LA.

As it is, it is European dilitantes we see with the young Elke Sommer. And, oh, does she look good with the wind blowing her golden blonde tresses in her tiny bikini. Only seven years old at the time, the bikini was made for Elke. Unfortunately, when your sure it came off, we get to see the coastline, instead of Elke.

Olivier (Christian Pezey) managed to get the top off, but chickened out with noble intentions before we got a peek.

But, the dallying changed to darkness as one member was chosen as a scape goat for a tragedy. One thought there might be something between Elke and Olivier, but neither could cross the bridge, and they ended up as expected.

One still bemoans the fact that these trust fund babies were not born in the current era when panties are left at home.

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