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Suburban Roulette (1968)

R | | Drama | June 1968 (USA)
A newlywed couple falls into a dangerous game of parties and swapping spouses with two other swinging couples after moving into a seemingly perfect suburban neighborhood.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis (additional dialogue) (as Sheldon Seymour), James Thomas (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Lee ... Ilene Fisher (as Elizabeth Wilkinson)
Ben Moore ... Bert Fisher
Ione Rolnick Ione Rolnick ... Fran Conley
William Kerwin ... Marty Conley (as Thomas Wood)
Allison Louise Downe Allison Louise Downe ... Margo Elston (as Vicki Miles)
Tony McCabe ... Ron Elston
Debbie Grant Debbie Grant ... Cindy Fisher
Richard Mark Oliver Richard Mark Oliver ... Conley Child
Joseph Trucco Joseph Trucco ... Conley Child
Michael Shallop Michael Shallop ... Conley Child
Paul Shallop Paul Shallop ... Conley Child
Ray Woods Ray Woods ... Police chief
Bob Roth Bob Roth ... Card Buyer
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Storyline

The Fisher family moves into the suburbs to get away from the city, and wife Ilene's propensity for males. They meet the neighbors, the Conleys and Elstons, and become friends. Soon they're having cookouts together, and taking each other's mates for a ride, but not without guilt and repercussions. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Drama

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R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1968 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

| (1990 video release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included in a 1990 VHS series hosted by Joe Bob Briggs (John Bloom) titled "The Sleaziest Movies in the History of the World." See more »

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The closing title card reads: "This story is fictitious. If you know of any resemblance to any living person, keep your mouth shut." See more »


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Suburban Roulette
Written by Herschell Gordon Lewis (as Sheldon Seymour)
Performed by the Faded Blue (uncredited)
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Decent Melodrama
28 September 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Suburban Roulette (1968)

** (out of 4)

Ilene (Elizabeth Wilkinson) and Bert (Ben Moore) move into a new community with their young daughter. Upon arriving there the husband promises no more drinking and the wife promises no more boyfriends. It doesn't take long (a few hours) before the happy couple are at a party where the husband is drunk and the wife is going off with another man.

Herschell Gordon Lewis made movies from just about every genre and this one here is his attempt at a dramatic one. You'd think with a story dealing with swingers that you'd have a pretty naughty little film but if you're expecting some sort of sleaze or even any nudity then you're going to be disappointed.

SUBURBAN ROULETTE is basically a melodrama about a troubled marriage and the destruction that is caused by their problems. Fans of A TASTE OF BLOOD will recognize Wilkinson and for the most part I thought she gave a decent performance here or at least for this type of movie. TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! fans will also recognize Moore. They make for a believable couple but there's no question that there are some unintentionally funny moments and especially with Moore's drunken rages.

At the same time, the film does have some effective moments and that includes a pretty intense scene where the drunken husband attacks his wife both physically and verbally for her "nature." I though this scene was very well directed by the drive-in legend and I might even argue it was technically the best thing from any of his movies. With that said, this is still just a cheap "B" picture but fans of the director will certainly want to check it out even with the lack of any sleaze.


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