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Sugar Cookies (1973)

A film producer murders his star actress during an erotic "game" and makes it look like suicide. The dead girl's lesbian lover discovers what happened, and plots her revenge.

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Theodore Gershuny
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Shannon George Shannon ... Max Pavell
Mary Woronov ... Camila Stone
Lynn Lowry ... Alta Leigh / Julie Kent
Monique van Vooren ... Helene
Maureen Byrnes Maureen Byrnes ... Dola
Daniel Sadur Daniel Sadur ... Gus
Ondine Ondine ... Roderick
Jennifer Welles Jennifer Welles ... Max's Secretary
Anthony Pompei Anthony Pompei ... Oliver
Reid Cruickshanks Reid Cruickshanks ... Det. Schwartz
Thomas Mahony Thomas Mahony ... Det. Joe
Ralph R. Ralph Ralph R. Ralph ... Doctor
Stanley Kaufman Stanley Kaufman ... Lawyer (as S. Lloyd Kaufman Sr.)
Shawn Randall Shawn Randall ... Girl In Restaurant
Allen Liffman Allen Liffman ... Man In City Woman
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A film producer murders his star actress during an erotic "game" and makes it look like suicide. The dead girl's lesbian lover discovers what happened, and plots her revenge.

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Men will be shocked! Women will understand! See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love, Death See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Lynn Lowry initially turned the script down because she objected to all the extensive nudity that her dual role entailed. See more »


Soundtracks

You Say You've Never Let Me Down
Music by Gershon Kingsley
Lyrics by Lloyd Kaufman
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Fans of Mary Woronov and Lynn Lowry should dig this one.
17 August 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Alta Leigh (Lynn Lowry) is a young actress killed by creepy film producer Max Pavell (George Shannon) during a "game". Max's associate Camila Stone (Mary Woronov) agrees to alibi for him while searching for a suitable replacement for Alta. After a while, she seems to find just the right person: Julie Kent (Ms. Lowry again), who's a dead ringer for Alta. Eventually the naive Julie finds that these new people in her life are more than a little twisted, and begins to get scared. While this is going on, there are subplots such as the sexual misadventures of Gus (Daniel Sador), the younger brother of Max's ex-wife Helene (Monique van Vooren).

"Sugar Cookies" will likely be too slow and psychological for some tastes, but it's interesting and stands as a sharp contrast to the later productions of co-writer / executive producer Lloyd Kaufmans' Troma Studios. It's actually an intoxicating and moody mix of exploitation and art. Some of the music is rather nice, and everything is gorgeously shot by cinematographer Hasse Wallin. The story ultimately evolves into a practically two character drama as the bisexual Camila gets to know Julie and seduces her. If nothing else, this film is a solid vehicle for the charms of sexy cult actresses Woronov and Lowry (the latter receiving an "introducing" credit here); their admirers will appreciate how much flesh the two ladies bare, and absolutely love the steamy scenes with them later on in the film.

Woronov was married to the co-writer / director Theodore Gershuny at the time; he actually wrote the part of Camila with his wife in mind, and also around this time they (and Kaufman) worked on the horror film "Silent Night, Bloody Night". The editor Dov Hoenig went on to bigger and better things, cutting films such as "Thief" and "Heat" for Michael Mann as well as "The Crow" and "Under Siege".

Definitely recommended to those people interested in the artifacts of NYC's "underground" film scene of the period.

Seven out of 10.


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