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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.

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David Sheldon

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

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

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Action | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidunderlig: Men Dødelig See more »

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Production Co:

Elmtree Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(R-rated) | (PG)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Remake of Coffy (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

So Hot
Music by Robert O. Ragland
Lyrics by Marcia Woods
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9 April 2015 | by uroshnor54See all my reviews

I saw a few clips of Lovely But Deadly online and I just had to see it all so I got the VHS on eBay. It isn't a good movie but it's pretty entertaining. Lucinda Dooling is absolutely, um, lovely as Lovely. It really is too bad she wasn't in many other movies. The rest of the cast is okay. The writing isn't too bad, although there are definitely quite a few scenes that are unintentionally funny and the real jokes are only funny because they aren't funny: "I think you guys are too pushy." "Pushy? I'll show you pushy" *Gives first guy a light shove*. But I think the scene with the cat fight at the costume party and the scene where this one guy is steamed to death in a cardboard box (among some others) place Lovely But Deadly firmly in so-bad-it's-good territory. And as one of those kinds of movies it succeeds and that's why I'm giving it a 10/10.

Some other reviewers here have noted that the score is kind of James Bond-like, and I must admit it does sound kind of discount-John Barryish. There's even a catchy song that plays during the opening credits. This movie kind of reminded me of the James Bond series in a few other ways. The ending in which the cheerleaders beat up a bunch of guards working for the bad guy kind of reminded me of the end of Octopussy, in which circus performer ladies beat up Kamal Khan's guards. Actually, Lovely But Deadly came out two years before Octopussy. Of course, I'm guessing the writers of the thirteenth James Bond movie probably never saw (let alone heard) of Lovely But Deadly. Also, Gomorrah (Seriously?) kind of reminded me of Jaws. Kind of.

It's too bad Lovely But Deadly hasn't had a Blu-Ray release like some other cheesy low-budget movies from the '80s.


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