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Flareup (1969)

PG-13 | | Thriller | 1970 (Italy)
A psycho stalks go-go dancer from Las Vegas, Nevada to Los Angeles, California.

Director:

James Neilson

Writer:

Mark Rodgers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raquel Welch ... Michele
James Stacy ... Joe Brodnek
Luke Askew ... Alan Moris
Don Chastain ... Lieutenant Manion
Ron Rifkin ... Sailor
Jean Byron ... Jerri Benton (as Jeane Byron)
Pat Delaney ... Iris
Sandra Giles Sandra Giles ... Nikki
Kay Peters Kay Peters ... Lee
Joe Billings Joe Billings ... Lloyd Seibert
Carol-Jean Thompson Carol-Jean Thompson ... Jackie
Mary Charlotte Wilcox ... Tora (as Mary Wilcox)
Carl Byrd Carl Byrd ... Sgt. Newcomb
Steve Conte ... Lt. Franklin
Tom Fadden ... Mr. Willows
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A psycho stalks go-go dancer from Las Vegas, Nevada to Los Angeles, California.

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Most men want to love her... One man wants to kill her!

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Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some elements of violence, sexuality, drug abuse and language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Scenes of the Los Angeles, California go-go club, where Michele (Raquel Welch) works, were shot at The Losers, a La Cienga Boulevard strip club where sexploitation filmmaker Russ Meyer recruited such stars as Tura Satana, Haji, and Erica Gavin. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Flareup
Lyrics by Lenny Adelson
Music by Les Baxter
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Too bad there wasn't more go-go dancing.
22 July 2016 | by hammer4See all my reviews

This is a tedious and decidedly low voltage attempt at an action thriller and vehicle for the then quite popular Raquel Welch.

The main drawbacks are the script which features cardboard characters and implausible situations, along with the leaden direction. The undistinguished cast has little to work with, but Ms Welch must be called to account for one of the worst performances of her career. This is saying a lot considering her body (no pun intended) of work. She is alternately vapid and wooden or hysterically shrill.

Ms Welch "portrays" a Las Vegas exotic dancer on the run from the deranged ex-husband (Luke Askew) of her friend and fellow dancer. It seems the Askew character blames Welch for the dissolution of his marriage, so after he blows away his former wife at an outdoor cafe in broad daylight he seeks to do likewise to poor Raquel.

Welch flees to Los Angeles pursued by the killer and immediately takes up with James Stacy. In watching their scenes together one has the impression that the filmmakers were simply going through the motions of providing the obligatory male love interest for Ms Welch. There is zero chemistry between them and the whole Stacy character seems virtually superfluous.

I found the pace of this film quite slow with little tension or suspense. One never really empathizes with or cares much for the central character. The psycho murderer, instead of being menacing and scary, is merely boring and dull.

Ironically, though she plays a go-go dancer, Ms Welch's considerable physical attributes are not put to good use here. She has one dance number (wearing only a moderately revealing outfit) that is tepid at best. The other dance routines by others (some of which are performed topless) come off much better. In fact these rather brief sequences and some fairly colorful and interesting Las Vegas and L.A. locations are all this misfire has going for it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Flareup See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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GMF See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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