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Lovely But Deadly (1981)

R | | Action , Drama | 1981 (USA)
A cheerleader goes undercover to fight drug dealers because her brother OD'd and her fellow cheerleaders are hooked.


David Sheldon


Patricia Joyce (screenplay), David Sheldon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucinda Dooling Lucinda Dooling ... Mary Ann 'Lovely' Lovitt
John Randolph ... Franklin Van Dyke
Mel Novak ... Warren Lang
Marie Windsor ... Aunt May
Mark Holden Mark Holden ... Javelin Scott
Susan Mechsner Susan Mechsner ... Suzie
Michael O'Leary Michael O'Leary ... Steve Berringer
Rick Moser Rick Moser ... Mantis Managian
Mary Beth McDonough ... Denise (as Mary McDonough)
Richard Herd ... 'Honest Charley' Gilmarten
Pamela Jean Bryant ... Gloria (as Pamela Bryant)
Irwin Keyes ... Gommorah
Judd Omen ... Driver
Wendell Wright Wendell Wright ... Detective Jack Domley
Marvin Katzoff Marvin Katzoff ... Cricket


A cheerleader goes undercover to fight drug dealers because her brother OD'd and her fellow cheerleaders are hooked.

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cheerleader | drug smuggling | See All (2) »


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Action | Drama


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Release Date:

1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidunderlig: Men Dødelig See more »

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Elmtree Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Billy Warlock. See more »

Alternate Versions

Theatrical R-rated version running at 95m, and the current PG-rated version at 88m in the USA. The UK pre-certification UK video timed at 89m 30s. The North European uncensored video timed at 104m. See more »


Remake of Coffy (1973) See more »


Can't Be in Love Without You
Music by Ulpio Minucci and Robert O. Ragland
Lyrics by Marcia Woods
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Literally "EVERYBODY was Kung Fu fighting" those days
26 March 2002 | by Clarence AbernathySee all my reviews

An all-white moralistic remake of "Coffy" (the 1973 Pam Grier blaxploitation classic), presenting karate-ing cheerleaders and highschool girls, evil drug dealers, a little catfight and lots of unintentional laughs. The opening credits of "Lovely But Deadly" are presented over a static shot of a high-school dance in 1981. The music, being performed and orchestrated in a 007-like style, sounds outdated, exaggerated and does not fit in the cheesy late 70s sets in the background. The sweet rotten smell of campiness instantly rushes in. "How low can they go?.../ How high can they fly?" - that's what the title song lyrics say and that's what you're starting to ask yourself. "Lovely But Deadly" is about a young lady named Mary Ann Lovett (an admittedly real cute brunette named Lucinda Dooling) and her friends just call her Lovely. In the beginning, her brother drowns in a ridiculously far fetched drug-related accident. Angry as hell, Lovely decides to stop drugs in her high school, starting with killing "Captain Magic," the only really likable character so far, who has some incredible dialogue before Lovely stuffs drugs down his throat and he dies. Dead too quick. The next bad guys will be treated to better visual effect: let's get some martial arts action into the movie. Well, Lovely and all the other girlie fighters have obviously been trained in the secret arts by just watching a half-minute-preview of some Hongkong flick. So we get to see sheer incredibly clumsy fight scenes. Well, after all "everybody was Kung Fu fighting" those days... Talking of music: There is also a Rock Band in the movie, because Lovely's cheesy boyfriend is the lead singer of a band of smartasses who, during a class and out of the blue, are performing (poorly dubbed) a truly "electrifying" love song. All in all, a genuine classic of poor white drive-in trash. Yet probably too bad to ever get some cult approach.

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