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Higher and Higher (1970)

Ich - Ein Groupie (original title)
A beautiful blonde hooks up with a rock star, and after a night of sex and drugs, he leaves. She, though, has fallen madly in love with him, and sets out with her girlfriend across Europe ... See full summary »

Directors:

Erwin C. Dietrich (as Fred Williams), Peter Baumgartner (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writer:

Erwin C. Dietrich (as Manfred Gregor)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingrid Steeger ... Vicky
Rolf Eden Rolf Eden ... Rolf
Vivian Weiss Vivian Weiss ... Vivian
Li Paelz Li Paelz ... Li (as Li Paels)
Terry Mason Terry Mason
Stewart West Stewart West ... Stewart (as Steward West)
Sharon Richardson Sharon Richardson
Petra Prinz Petra Prinz ... Petra
Bruno Frenzel Bruno Frenzel ... Himself - musician (as Birth Control)
Bernd Koschmidder Bernd Koschmidder ... Himself - musician (as Birth Control)
Bernd Noske Bernd Noske ... Himself - musician (as Birth Control)
Reinhold Sobotta Reinhold Sobotta ... Himself - musician (as Birth Control)
Wolfgang Rumler Wolfgang Rumler ... Himself - musician (as Murphy Blend)
Joachim Schmidt Joachim Schmidt ... Himself - musician (as Murphy Blend)
Andreas Scholz Andreas Scholz ... Himself - musician (as Murphy Blend)
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A beautiful blonde hooks up with a rock star, and after a night of sex and drugs, he leaves. She, though, has fallen madly in love with him, and sets out with her girlfriend across Europe to track him down. On the way, however, she gets mixed up with everyone from a gang of nasty bikers to a ring of devil worshipers. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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She Was Curious. She Was Eager. She Couldn't Find Any Satisfaction.

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Drama | Music

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Language:

German

Release Date:

January 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Higher and Higher See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director/Producer Erwin C. Dietrich had some trouble with the Hells Angels chapter in Switzerland. One of their girls had a small supporting role (nude scene) in the movie and didn't like her appearance on screen (cellulite). So Hells Angels ordered Dietrich to cut those scenes, otherwise they'd raid cinemas showing the movie. Several cinemas in Switzerland had to show this movie under police protection. Finally Dietrich paid a considerable amount of money so Hells Angels Switzerland would leave him alone. See more »

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Steeger Makes The Film
23 April 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Ich - Ein Groupie (1970)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Vicky (Ingrid Steeger) has parties and has sex with a rock star but the next morning he is gone. That doesn't meant that Vicky's feelings go away so she gets her friend Rolf (Rolf Eden) to travel with her across Europe in hopes of finding him but their journey leads to one party after another and soon the side effects start to show.

ICH - EIN GROUPIE, also known as HIGHER AND HIGHER, comes from director Erwin C. Dietrich and it turned out to be a rather large hit and it made a star out of Steeger who would go onto appear in countless sexploitation pictures. The movie had a pretty rough start though as it was originally going to be co-produced by Roger Corman and directed by Jack Hill but, depending on who you talk to, issues arose and soon Dietrich was in the director's chair and Hill was on his way back to America.

As far as the film goes, there's no question that it falls well short of being a good movie but at the same time there's some very good stuff scattered throughout the picture. There's no question that the main reason to watch the film is for the performance of Steeger who is quite good here. The character she's playing is a free and loose woman and I thought Steeger did a very good job with it. Of course, the greatest thing is the fact that she's a very beautiful woman and there's no question that this helps sell the film. The non-stop nudity and sex scenes are certainly what makes the film so memorable.

There's really nothing fresh or original done with the movie, although it does try to be a bit more than just a skin flick. Dietrich adds some real drama and a downbeat ending, which isn't something you'd normally expect. The film has some rather slow moments throughout the running time but, again, there's no doubt that the reason to watch the film is for Steeger and that alone makes it recommended.


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