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American Taboo (1984)

Unstable thirty-something introvert, who works as a photographer's assistant, becomes obsessed with his underage female neighbor, who, to his horror, reciprocates his feelings due to possible Electra complex.


Steve Lustgarten
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Complete credited cast:
Jay Horenstein Jay Horenstein ... Paul Wunderlich
Nicole Harrison Nicole Harrison ... Lisa Welch
Hester Schell ... Betsy
Mark Rabiner Mark Rabiner ... Michael
Katherine King Katherine King ... Michael's Wife
Dorothy Anton Dorothy Anton ... Lisa's Mother
Ann Celsi Ann Celsi ... Hooker
Suzette Taylor Suzette Taylor ... Model
Ki Skinner Ki Skinner ... Model
Jerilyn Tabor Jerilyn Tabor ... The Couple (Man)
Walter Shane Walter Shane ... The Couple (Woman)
Debra Gann Debra Gann ... Kitty-Go,Go Dancer
Stacey Thompson Stacey Thompson ... Girl on Corner


Paul, a shy photographer of 30 years, avoids relationships in favor of the safety landscape photography. He is drawn into intimacy by a teenage youth who moves in next door and insinuates herself into his life. Written by <ttchinen@ucdavis.edu>

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nastoletnia namietnosc See more »

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Nicole Harrison, who plays the protagonist's teenage love interest, Lisa, was 20 at the time the movie was made. She was a poet and wrote some of her dialogue. This was her only film. She tragically died of brain cancer at age 49 in 2011. See more »


References Man with a Camera (1958) See more »

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Well worth tracking down
22 September 2000 | by GMP1See all my reviews

From the title and plot, one would expect an exploitative, soft core flick. One would be wrong. This is in fact a very sensitively made film about the developing relationship between a shy and emotionally-guarded photographer and a very attractive, though certainly not dizzy, teenage girl. The performances by the two leads are quite good, as is the scripting and direction. While apparently little known and not seen on TV, it's worth the effort to locate.

CONTENT NOTE: The film is rated R for nudity and sexual situations.

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