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Cry Uncle (1971)

Private detective takes on a case and gets mixed up in murder, sex and blackmail.

Director:

John G. Avildsen

Writers:

David Odell (screenplay), Michael Brett (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackson Beck Jackson Beck ... Narrator (voice)
Pamela Gruen Pamela Gruen ... Renee
Allen Garfield ... Jake Masters
Devin Goldenberg Devin Goldenberg ... Keith
Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Russian Girl
Chuck Pfeiffer Chuck Pfeiffer ... Texan
Reuben Schafer Reuben Schafer ... Russian
Paul Sorvino ... Coughing Cop
Ray Barron Ray Barron ... Bald Cop
Madeleine Le Roux ... Cora Merrill
David Kirk David Kirk ... Jason Dominic
Sean Walsh Sean Walsh ... Gene Sprigg
Debbi Morgan ... Olga Winter (as Deborah Morgan)
Maureen Byrnes Maureen Byrnes ... Lena Right
Nancy Salmon Nancy Salmon ... Connie Landfield
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Private detective takes on a case and gets mixed up in murder, sex and blackmail.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Gets To The Bottom Of Things See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cry Uncle! See more »

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Production Co:

15th Street Films See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Movielab)
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Alternate Versions

Two different versions of this film were released in Australia. The uncut version was rated 'X', and an edited version, generally available in local video stores, was rated 'R'. See more »

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Referenced in In Defense of Lemmings (2004) See more »

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Cry Uncle (Come With Me)
Words and Music by Harper MacKay and Moose Charlap
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Soft Core Comes to the Neighborhood Theater
8 September 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A rotund private dick is hired to find a killer, and has to get naked in the process.

I can't figure out if the movie amounts to serial copulation with whodunit overtones or a whodunit with serial copulation appeal. One way or the other, a naked Allan Garfield did keep my popcorn untouched. Actually, the 90-minutes is so smoothly directed and the girls so fetching that I did stay glued. Also, catch the symbolically placed donut and banana in the opening slow pan. I guess that tells you what's coming up. As I recall, the movie was much ballyhooed at the time. After all, what could only be hinted at before 1969 now became permissible, thanks mainly to the counter-culture's clash with censorship. Also, the Swedish ground-breaker I Am Curious (Yellow), (1969)-- the first commercial film to show copulation on screen-- drew lines around the block when I saw it. Now Hollywood, even Troma, could cash in on the novelty.

The movie itself may look like an oddity after 40-years. Certainly, the sex scenes take up as much time as the narrative. Still, the production is smoothly done, with about the right amount of tongue in cheek, Garfield included. And I like Madeleine LaRoux (!) who has a different movie look, sort of like an elongated Goldie Hawn. But a screen name like that suggests plans for a big porn career, which I don't think happened. All in all, guys could do a lot worse than Uncle, plus you don't have to feel inferior to the stud (Garfield). And, oh yeah, let the girl viewers figure out the plot.


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