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The Cheerleaders (1973)

R | | Comedy, Sport | March 1973 (USA)
A group of cheerleaders from the local high school decide to show their school spirit for their football team by sleeping with the opponents the night before the game so that they can be so worn out the opposition won't be able to play.


Paul Glickler


Paul Glickler (original story), Richard Lerner (original story) | 4 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephanie Fondue Stephanie Fondue ... Jeannie
Denise Dillaway Denise Dillaway ... Claudia
Jovita Bush Jovita Bush ... Bonnie
Brandy Woods Brandy Woods ... Debbie
Clair Dia ... Suzie (as Sandy Evans)
Kimberly Hyde Kimberly Hyde ... Patty (as Kim Stanton)
Richard Meatwhistle Richard Meatwhistle ... Jon
Jonathan Jacobs Jonathan Jacobs ... Norm
Robert Hirschfeld Robert Hirschfeld ... Novi (as Raoul Hoffnung)
Patrick Wright ... Coach Gannon
Terri Teague Terri Teague ... Isabel
Jack Jonas Jack Jonas ... Daddy
Jay Lindner Jay Lindner ... Mom
Charles Goldman Charles Goldman ... Sal
John Bracci John Bracci ... Vinnie


Jeannie, a teenage girl attending Amorosa High, joins the school cheerleading squad as a means of finally attaining the success and social independence that was out of reach in the strict household her parents maintain. The liberated attitude of her new friends becomes all the more evident when they come up with a plan to help the football team win the big game by kidnapping and raping everyone on the opposing team until they're too tired to even take the field. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Comedy | Sport


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Did You Know?


The erotic scene with Kimberly Hyde and the gym coach was cut down because the MPAA felt that the coach's hands were suggesting a sex act. It actually wasn't a sex act at all. The director actually had the coach 'hide' Kimberly's private area because Kimberly didn't want to show it on film. See more »


The name on Jeannie's cheerleading outfit reads, "Jennie". See more »


Bonnie: You mean you're a...?
Jeannie Davis: Yes, and I always have been.
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Alternate Versions

The most recent video version is edited to tone down the sex scenes (with noticible splices) and a Cheerleader's seduction of Jeannie's brother is taken out entirely. A very early (circa late 70's early 80's) video release carries the more complete version of the film. See more »


Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »


I Like What You're Doing To Me
Music and Lyrics by Eddie O'Loughlin and David Herman
Recorded at Upsurge Studios
Performed by The Honeyboys
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Something of a landmark.
9 April 1999 | by Hermit C-2See all my reviews

On one hand this movie is as silly and ridiculous as so many others of its ilk. On the other, it stood apart because it went beyond the boundaries of the day's softcore films, finding a niche between them and hardcore. It reflected an "anything goes" sexual ethic of the time.

Apparently, it was too hot for many communities around the land. The local D.A. here went to a showing where he dutifully noted the number of sex acts depicted. I would have had difficulty keeping count. Nowadays it's usually seen in edited (or butchered) versions which only serve to emphasize the silliness and leave out the cheap thrills. Oh well.

This film wasn't the first to exploit the male fascination with cheerleaders but it did inspire numerous imitations and rip-offs, mostly of an inferior nature, if you can imagine that.

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March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return to Montclair High See more »


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$153,000 (estimated)
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