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The Student Nurses (1970)

R | | Drama | 27 August 1970 (USA)
Sexy young nurses apply special therapy in their daily rounds.


Stephanie Rothman


Stephanie Rothman (story), Don Spencer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Elaine Giftos ... Sharon
Karen Carlson ... Phred
Brioni Farrell ... Lynn
Barbara Leigh ... Priscilla
Reni Santoni ... Victor Charlie
Richard Rust ... Les
Lawrence P. Casey ... Jim Caspar (as Lawrence Casey)
Darrell Larson ... Greg
Paul Camen Paul Camen ... Mark
Richard Stahl ... Dr. Warshaw
Katherine MacGregor ... Miss Boswell (as Scottie MacGregor)
Pepe Serna ... Luis
John Pearce John Pearce ... Patient
Mario Aniov Mario Aniov ... Ralpho
Ron Gans Ron Gans ... Psychiatrist
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The adventures of four sexy young women living together in California and studying to be nurses. One falls for a poet with a terminal illness; one takes acid and becomes pregnant; another becomes involved with Hispanic revolutionaries; one has an affair with a gynecologist. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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They're learning fast ...




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Did You Know?


Stephanie Rothman was determined to portray the nurses in her film as "independent in thought and action", and to achieve a balance of the power between the sexes. This is why many scenes feature male as well as female nudity, a relative novelty at the time. See more »


Followed by The Young Nurses (1973) See more »

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One of the best of Roger Corman's female-focused quickies...
11 April 2012 | by dave13-1See all my reviews

... but still not really very good. The idea with this series was to weave together a story of young professionals trying to succeed amid the temptations of the swinging early 70s and within a fairly rigid institutional setting. The very attractive cast of unknowns included striking Playboy regular Barbara Leigh and former Miss Arkansas Karen Carlson, both of whom got quite a bit of work throughout the rest of the 70s, 'bouncing' from one TV show to another. The actresses acquit themselves pretty well despite the limitations of time and budget and their own comparative inexperience. The script also occasionally tried to work in a serious issue. For instance, one of the girls becomes pregnant at a party and has to go through a rather humiliating interview with an unsympathetic medical establishment to get approval for an abortion. This is quite a good scene and fits well with the strong anti- establishment tone of everything.

Mostly though, this was just an exercise in soft-core titillation, with the camera following attractive young women in their tight uniforms along hospital corridors, and then off to parties where they take off their tops, smoke dope and have sex. The script cross-cuts from one character's tribulations to another, but once each girl's central issue has played itself out, nothing really comes together. Movie does not have much of an ending. It just tapers off and stops.

Writer-director Stephanie Rothman tried her best to make the proceedings relevant and the dialogue probably sounded fairly hip at the time (or maybe it didn't) but it is pretty laughable now, as are the attempts to make the party scenes seem exciting by using a lot of way out psychedelic camera angles and edits (spins, tilts etc.). That stuff was a few years old by the time this movie was made and almost becoming clichéd.

The movie was a big drive-in hit at the time, of course, mostly thanks to a sexed-up ad campaign that promised more than the movie delivered.

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Release Date:

27 August 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sykepleiere på vift See more »


Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)
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New World Pictures See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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