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The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974)

R | | Comedy, Sport | June 1974 (USA)
In order to write an expose on how cheerleading demeans women, a reporter for a college newspaper infiltrates the cheerleading squad.


Jack Hill


Jack Hill (as Jane Witherspoon), David Kidd (as Betty Conklin)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jo Johnston ... Kate
Cheryl Smith ... Andrea (as Rainbeaux Smith)
Colleen Camp ... Mary Ann
Rosanne Katon ... Lisa
Ron Hajak Ron Hajak ... Buck
Ric Carrott Ric Carrott ... Ross
Jason Sommers Jason Sommers ... Prof. Thorpe
Ian Sander Ian Sander ... Ron
George Wallace ... Mr. Putnam
Jack Denton ... Coach Turner
John Quade ... Belski
Bob Minor ... Ryan
Mae Mercer Mae Mercer ... Jessica Thorpe
Dion Lane Dion Lane ... Janie Hamilton
Hank Rolike ... Bartender


In order to write an expose on how cheerleading demeans women, a reporter for a college newspaper infiltrates the cheerleading squad.

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not all the playing was on the football field! See more »


Comedy | Sport


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Release Date:

June 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

H.O.T.S. II See more »


Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)
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Centaur See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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(at around 1:00:00) The title page of the paper given to Mary Ann does not contain the name of the author when she receives it in the car but when it's on the board in the dressing room (at around 01:07:00) it says "by Kate Cory" under the title. See more »


Ron: You know the only reason I don't beat the crap out of you, is because I think you'd like it!
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Followed by Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976) See more »

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Thread bare crap, porno production with no porn
24 January 2007 | by HEFILMSee all my reviews

The commercial success of this lead to Jack Hill getting to make the much more fun,though maybe even more poorly made and much worse acted, Switchblade Sisters right after this. So something good, or well, better came out of this film getting made.

The budget for this films is just too low to even have the cheerleaders do any full routine. The credit sequence of them is all you get to see, though you get to see those same shots and same stock footage football footage over and over again. Very little T and A for a plot that is a set up for a porn movie that never takes place. Smith was pregnant when she made the film and one fan of hers told me the appeal is that her breasts are huge. Well they are and her armpits are unshaved. Can humor still be found in her being excited about being gang banged as a way to lose her virginity? That's up to you. Why bring this up? Well that's about all that's worth noting. This is an exploitation film without much exploitation and by the time this was made the stakes were pretty high on exploitation. This is almost like a 1950's B and W nudie movie only it's in color and made almost 20 years after that was the style for these things.

The girls give decent performances, considering the crap material, most of the male cast members are awful and it just goes no where for a long time. Only real highlight is a confrontation scene with the wife of a teacher who confronts one of the cheerleaders and threaten's to "carve her name into one of the cheerleaders tits so when she flops them out for him he'll know she knows." Or words to that effect. What the movie needs is more outrageousness like this, the plot is too thin to be taken seriously but sort of is and really it just seems like the story is on life support until it can finally quietly die.

Flatly made by the usually flat director Hill. He can't be blamed for the lack of money that is heavily in evidence, but shows no real imagination in getting around those problems the way other better directors of the era did.

The film is dated but not enough so for it to be fun on that level either,though perhaps the way it depicts men is actually more dated than the way it depicts women. Look elsewhere for something entertainingly trashy not here.

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