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Flesh (1968)

A man desperate for money and no income, turns prostitute and interplays with a variety of clients and hustlers.


Paul Morrissey


Paul Morrissey
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Complete credited cast:
Joe Dallesandro ... Joe - the Hustler
Geraldine Smith ... Geri - Joe's Wife
Patti D'Arbanville ... Patti - Geri's Lover
Candy Darling ... Candy - a Transvestite
Jackie Curtis ... Jackie - a Transvestite
John Christian John Christian ... Joe's Customer
Maurice Braddell Maurice Braddell ... The Artist
Geri Miller Geri Miller ... Terry
Louis Waldon Louis Waldon ... David - the Gymnast
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Brown Barry Brown ... Boy in street


Geri (Geraldine Smith) ejects her husband Joe (Joe Dalessandro) from bed, and insists he go out on the streets to make some money for her girlfriend's abortion. This leads to Joe's various encounters with clients on the streets of New York City: an Artist (Maurice Bradell) who wishes to draw Joe, a Gymnast (Louis Waldon), and another 'John' (John Christian). Joe spends time with other hustlers, one of whom is played by his real life brother, and teaches the tricks of the trade to the New Hustler (Barry Brown). Back home, Joe interacts with his real life one-year-old son. Joe gets back home, presumably at the end of his duty work, and is in bed with Geri and her girlfriend Patti (Patti D'Arbanville). The women strip Joe and begin to get intimate with each other; Joe gets bored and falls asleep. (Source: Wikipedia) Written by Artemis-9

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Just an ordinary day in the life of a male hustler.




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Film debut of Candy Darling. See more »


During a scene with the go-go dancer, Candy and Jackie alternately call her by the character's first name (Terry) and that of the actress playing her (Geri Miller). See more »


Candy, a Transvestite: Don't you know the angels are watching?
Terry: They're doing it too.
Joe, the Hustler: Mother used to watch. She didn't mind.
Jackie, a Transvestite: You know Joe. You'll never get to Heaven if you break my heart.
Joe, the Hustler: I don't want to go to Heaven anyway.
Jackie, a Transvestite: You better be careful. Joan is watching.
Terry: Who's Joan?
Jackie, a Transvestite: Joan Crawford!
Terry: Oh. She's done it too.
Candy, a Transvestite: What did you say? Joan Crawford?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits run sideways and list Warhol's name, the title, the main cast members, and that it was written, photographed and directed by Paul Morissey. See more »


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Makin' Wicky Wacky Down in Waikiki
Performed by Sophie Tucker.
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The artform that is Joe Dallesandro's body
13 June 2010 | by Dragoneyed363See all my reviews

The title practically says it all, and that's all you'll need to be expecting to enjoy this movie. What you get when you watch this film is tons of the beautiful, masterpiece that is Joe Dallesandro all over the screen. It is a day in the life of his character, a married bisexual prostitute, and how his life ties in with all the people around him and all the people he does business with. It is a very interesting and well done film for how well the actors play it out. They act as if it is just an ordinary day and they don't even know a camera is filming them which makes it seem so real. Joe Dallesandro is another reason why this film works out well.

Now, I'm not saying that the main purpose was to make us want to jump into the screen, pull him out and play with him, but goodness was that boy beautiful, and I certainly wanted to do just that. It might be just for his looks that the reason we care to watch his character's day play out so much is because he's so incredibly gorgeous, but in any matter it still makes us care what happens to the character, which is something any film should try to do. It becomes an interesting tale because of how we see what amazing things he's able to do with his body and how amazing his body looks doing them, such as the Greek pose photoshoot and how him playing with and feeding his child in the nude is still sweet and charming whilst being devilishly mouthwatering.

The movie is not meant to be a landmark among film history. It's a run-of-the-mill film about an average day that is made into an excellent story and an excellent movie overall because of how much we enjoy seeing the actors and actresses take part in it. The dialog keeps your attention, the story keeps your attention and Joe Dallesandro's existence keeps your utmost attention. I suggest you see it in the right sense and you'll be able to have fun with it and enjoy it.

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Release Date:

27 May 1970 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Andy Warhol's Flesh See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office


$4,000 (estimated)
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Factory Films (I) See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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