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The Story of Linda (1981)

Linda (original title)
Betsy Norman is a happy assistant at a luxurious Spanish hotel. Shiela, the hotel owner, caters for all wishes of her clientele with another lucrative business, the brothel "Rio Amore" ... See full summary »

Director:

Jesús Franco (as Jack Griffin)

Writers:

Erich Tomek (screenplay) (as Erick Tomeck), Erich Tomek (story) (as Erick Tomeck)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Katja Bienert ... Linda Norman
Ursula Buchfellner ... Betsy Norman (as Ursula Fellner)
Raquel Evans Raquel Evans ... Sheila
Antonio Mayans ... Ron (as Robert Foster)
Antonio Rebollo Antonio Rebollo ... (as Tony Skios)
Andrea Guzon Andrea Guzon
Ana María Segura Ana María Segura ... (as Maria Segura)
Doris Regina Doris Regina ... (as Teodora Segura)
Bea Fiedler Bea Fiedler ... Mitzi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susana Cárdenas Susana Cárdenas
Tomás Gayo Tomás Gayo
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Storyline

Betsy Norman is a happy assistant at a luxurious Spanish hotel. Shiela, the hotel owner, caters for all wishes of her clientele with another lucrative business, the brothel "Rio Amore" where clients from all over the world come to relax with the girls and watch the sado-masochistic shows. Linda, Betsy's sister, is drugged and forced to work as a prostitute there. Written by Artemis-9

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Genres:

Adventure | Crime

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Country:

Spain | West Germany

Language:

German | Spanish

Release Date:

29 May 1981 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Linda See more »

Filming Locations:

Madeira, Portugal

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (English)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Two seconds of footage were removed from the Australian release to avoid being banned. See more »

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Weird and plot less even by Franco standards
9 July 2006 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

I saw this movie over the internet so the streaming video quality left a lot to be desired; still I think I got a pretty good idea of it. It was one of the last movies Franco made before he and Lina Romay dove headfirst into the Spanish hardcore porno industry, not emerging until the late 90's to do a bunch of crappy shot-on-video "comeback" projects with American scream queens and fanboys that they'd obviously met at international horror conventions. Personally, I always felt Franco's career had been in a long, slow decline since the early 70's when Soledad Miranda died. This movie, only marginally better than the aforementioned hardcore and SOV flicks, is yet more evidence of that.

Even for a Franco film, it's pretty plot less taking place at some seaside brothel where beautiful women are held as sex slaves and forced to do various erotic performances for the jaded European clientèle. "Linda" is actually the younger sister of one of the performers and more of a secondary character. She flees her boarding school ostensibly to rescue her sister, but stops at a friend's house for some reason where she falls in love with a friend's brother and takes time to frolic in the surf with him while her sister's life is in imminent danger. It really seems like two different movies (both of which are pretty boring) until the end when everything comes together in a pretty unsatisfying denouement.

Linda is played by Katja Bienert, one of strangest actresses Franco ever worked with. As slimy as it is when directors like Larry Clark cast twenty-year-old actresses that look fourteen, it at least makes more sense than casting someone like Bienert who easily looks twenty, but was only fourteen at the time! (I originally thought the IMDb info. that she was born in 1966 was a mistake, but the real actress recently wrote a letter to "Video Watchdog" magazine confirming that she really was that young). For what it's worth Franco keeps her out of the graphic sex scenes here, but her character is so superfluous to the whole story I don't why she was in the movie at all (let alone the title character). All the other characters, including the older sister, are pretty attractive but are obviously German sex performers rather than actors. I definitely wouldn't recommend buying this no doubt hard-to-find title even if you're a Franco fan, but it's worth watching over the internet I guess.


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