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Café Flesh (1982)

In the future, humans are divided into Sex Negatives and Sex Positives. The negatives get sick if they have sex so they go to Cafe Flesh to see positives who are forced to perform on stage ... See full summary »


Stephen Sayadian (as Rinse Dream), Mark S. Esposito (uncredited)


Jerry Stahl (screenplay) (as Herbert W. Day), Stephen Sayadian (screenplay) (as Rinse Dream)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Nichols Andy Nichols ... Max Melodramatic (as Andrew Nichols)
Paul McGibboney Paul McGibboney ... Nick
Michelle Bauer ... Lana (as Pia Snow)
Marie Sharp Marie Sharp ... Angel
Tantala Ray Tantala Ray ... Moms (as Darcy Nychols)
Joey Lennon Joey Lennon
Neil Podorecki Neil Podorecki
Dennis Edwards Dennis Edwards ... The Enforcer (as Robert Dennis)
Kevin James Kevin James ... Johnny Rico (as Kevin Jay)
Dondi Bastone Dondi Bastone ... Spike
Paul Berthell Paul Berthell ... Mr. Joy (as Pez D. Spencer)
Hilly Waters Hilly Waters ... Ace
Autumn True Autumn True ... Vamp #1
Elizabeth Anastasia Elizabeth Anastasia ... Vamp #2
Polly Ester Polly Ester ... Enforcer #2


In the future, humans are divided into Sex Negatives and Sex Positives. The negatives get sick if they have sex so they go to Cafe Flesh to see positives who are forced to perform on stage for the negatives. Lana is a positive who everyone thinks is a negative and she must decide whether to come clean or not. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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THE TIME...Five Years After The Nuclear War. THE SURVIVORS...Post-Nuke Thrill Seekers Lookin' For A Kick. See more »


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1982 (USA) See more »

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VCA Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Two versions exist of this movie - a hardcore, XXX-rated version, and an R-rated version with the most explicit scenes toned down. This version played a number of mainstream movie theatres in 1982-83. See more »


Edited into White Zombie: More Human Than Human (1995) See more »

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"Could anything be sweeter than desire in chains?"
21 August 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

This film manages to do a rare thing; we get treated to some great sex scenes, and the story surrounding the sex actually verges on intelligent! Director Stephen Sayadian's art house erotica may struggle to find an audience; art house fans will probably find it too trashy, while porn fans may find it too arty; but for anyone who likes something a bit different; Cafe Flesh is a definite must see. The film's back-story focuses on a nuclear war that has had a bizarre effect on the surviving citizens. The remaining population has been split into two halves; the sex negatives who become nauseous if they engage in sex, and the sex positives; who remain normal. We focus on Cafe Flesh; a club where sex negatives go to watch the sex positives perform various sex acts on stage. We follow a small group of sex negatives inside the club. The club has been elevated by the news of the forthcoming arrival of the famous sex positive Johnny Rico, while one of the negatives begins to question her status as her and her boyfriend grow further apart from one another.

The thing I liked about this film most is undoubtedly the atmosphere; director Stephen Sayadian takes care to ensure that the club's atmosphere is as seedy as possible, and while helping the sex scenes; it also helps the film to enforce the dismal vision of the future. The sex scenes themselves are all staged and very diverse, which ensures the film doesn't get lost under too many samey sex scenes. The music used during these scenes is a real highlight and arguably even makes the film. The film doesn't really seem to have a particular point to make; and while the sex scenes are just the acts on stage, I do think that they are the main point of the film. The storyline between some of the main characters is decent, however, and the film does actually make the audience care about what happens. The ending does seem to be rather rushed, however, and really reinforces that the film doesn't have a particular point to make. However, this film is still undoubtedly one of the best porn films out there and it's definitely worth a look. Recommended.

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