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Poor Pretty Eddie (1975)

R | | Crime, Thriller | June 1975 (USA)
A wrong turn on a jazz singer's road trip results in her car breaking down near an isolated lodge run by a faded starlet and a young, homicidal Elvis impersonator.

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B.W. Sandefur (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Uggams ... Elizabeth 'Liz' Wetherly
Shelley Winters ... Bertha
Michael Christian ... Eddie Collins
Ted Cassidy ... Keno
Dub Taylor ... Justice of the Peace Floyd
Slim Pickens ... Sheriff Orville
Lou Joffred Lou Joffred ... Odell
Red Lawson Red Lawson ... The Salesman
Sherif Smith Sherif Smith ... The Deputy
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A wrong turn on a jazz singer's road trip results in her car breaking down near an isolated lodge run by a faded starlet and a young, homicidal Elvis impersonator.

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He Does All the Things You Like ... To Forget! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Redneck County See more »

Filming Locations:

North High Shoals, Georgia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scene with Leslie Uggams singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" was shot at Atlanta Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on November 4, 1973 before a football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams. See more »

Quotes

Orville: Would you like to suck on a tomato?
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Alternate Versions

Depending on what title you buy the movie under (Redneck County Rape, Poor Pretty Eddie, Heartbreak Motel, etc.), you'll get a different movie, using the same actors, sets, and plot outline. Poor Pretty Eddie and Black Vengeance, for example, are both ultra-violent and sexual with less dialogue than Heartbreak Motel, which is a filmed play. "Motel" also gives backstory for several of the characters whose existence is relatively unexplained in "Eddie," most notably featuring a scene where Bertha gives a monologue about how Keno got his scars. Also, Heartbreak Motel features none of the sex or violence so prevalent in "Eddie", and the two films have completely different endings. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

The Star-Spangled Banner
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key'
Music by John Stafford Smith
Sung by Leslie Uggams
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It's been so long since I've said "What did I just watch" so loudly.
21 December 2009 | by Kelly G.See all my reviews

Like several people here, I too saw this in the wee hours of the morning on TCM, where yes folks, it ran with no introductory info, and NO TITLES. It simply ended and faded into nothingness where TCM switched back to some old Black and While film suitable for Gramma like it never happened. Maybe it didn't.

Plot: It's one of those "woman fights for her life versus redneck" films that were around a lot in the 70s. This one has an African-American singer getting stuck in the rural south where she stays at a run down inn/bar while she waits for her car to get fixed.

Meanwhile, the dashing bar owner falls in love with her, which results in the expected rape scene, this one rendered even more distasteful by the inter-cutting of shots of local mouthbreathers watching dogs screw.

She goes almost catatonic from that point forward, and every person she turns to for help just leads her deeper into a maze of grotesque public officials who don't really want to help. It's like Kafka rolled around in batter and deep-fried.

It's all so off-putting, the result is less one of bloody revenge than it is of confusion...that something so odd could have ever existed, or actually been shown on late-night television on a channel that so many people get.

Be aware film fans...reruns of this could be lurking around your next sleepless night. Try to get some sleep.


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