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The Love Machine (1971)

R | | Drama | 27 August 1971 (USA)
An ambitious TV newscaster has an affair with the wife of a network executive to get a promotion.

Director:

Jack Haley Jr.

Writers:

Jacqueline Susann (novel), Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay) (as Samuel Taylor)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Phillip Law ... Robin Stone
Dyan Cannon ... Judith Austin
Robert Ryan ... Gregory 'Greg' Austin
Jackie Cooper ... Danton Miller
David Hemmings ... Jerry Nelson
Jodi Wexler Jodi Wexler ... Amanda
William Roerick William Roerick ... Cliff Dorne
Maureen Arthur ... Ethel Evans
Shecky Greene ... Christie Lane
Clinton Greyn Clinton Greyn ... Alfie Knight
Sharon Farrell ... Maggie Stewart
Alexandra Hay Alexandra Hay ... Tina St. Claire
Eve Bruce ... Amazon Woman
Greg Mullavey ... Bob Summers
Gene Baylos Gene Baylos ... Eddie Flynn
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Storyline

Robin Stone, an ambitious, sex driven TV news anchor catches the eye of Judith Austin, the wife of network executive Greg Austin. She pressures Greg into promoting him to a higher position and before long, he is running the network while Greg recovers from a massive coronary. Meanwhile, Robin dumps his model girlfriend Amanda and begins an affair with Judith. But Robin soon strays with an assortment of girls. Apart from the sexual liaisons, he's at constant odds with the network. When Greg begins to recover and wants to take back his reign, he gets considerable resistance from Robin. So Greg considers harsher methods to oust Robin from his former position and regain control of the network. Written by alfiehitchie

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Robin Stone...His Women...The Picture! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jacqueline Susann's The Love Machine See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's "love machine" title has two meanings. One, it is a reference to lady's man character of Robin Stone (John Phillip Law), and two, it is a reference to the medium of television. See more »

Quotes

Danton Miller: What does class have to do with television?
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Soundtracks

He's Moving On
Music by Bryan Wells
Lyrics by Ruth Batchelor
Sung by Dionne Warwick
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Am I missing something here?
24 September 2003 | by gorgeousgreekbeautySee all my reviews

I just got this gem off of ebay and was quite disappointed .. for three factors ..

1. No nude John Phillip Law .. I've seen stills from the movie which detail his beautiful naked ass, in bed with two women, but these scenes are absent from the movie 2. The supposed "several steamy" sex scenes .. tame by today's standards, but again, I didn't see anything either than sheets moving around and some nipples .. where did they hide it all? This movie was marketed as being the steamiest movie since Midnight Cowboy and there are no naked people running around .. :-( .. is there another version to this movie that's maybe NC 17? Does Europe have the advantage of the better uncut version than we paranoid Puritan North Americans? WHERE IS THE NAKED JOHN PHILLIP LAW? .. like Danger Diabolik, people overestimate his nakedness in a movie .. he might have been jaybird, you don't get to see it .. :-( :-( :-( 3. Plot .. okay, stretching here .. but John's acting wasn't that bad .. given the script and his deplorably bad supporting cast .. he was cute all the way thru it .. better than his portrayal of a bird man in Barbarella .. just stand there and breathe John, you've just found your acting worth .. now show us that magnificent chest of yours .. hmm hmmm ..

Dyan Cannon can't act her way out of a brown paper bag .. worse .. !!!she looks like she's been dolled up on Halcion in every scene she's in .. the only character worth rooting for was the amazon whore who was slapped around by Law's character .. she seemed to have a lot of depth .. for her 2 minute scene .. I felt sorry for her ..

The scenery and set design was typically bad 70's porn movie castoffs ... and what's with the dinner suit that the network exec keeps wearing? Is he expecting it to get better than this? 'fraid not!

Shecky Green in ill fitting mismatched clothing made me sick to my stomach.. when he moved I thought the room was spinning ..

Overall, I'd give this movie /5 out of ten .. just cuz it was soooo bad, you just had to follow it to the miserable conclusion to see how it ends..

Thank god no director worth his spit would dredge up slop like this and try to find a modern audience for it ..


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