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Fiona (1977)

Hardcore (original title)
Heavily fictionalised 'autobiography' of 70s sex superstar Fiona Richmond.

Writers:

James Kenelm Clarke (screenplay), Michael Robson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fiona Richmond Fiona Richmond ... Fiona
Anthony Steel ... Robert
David Cole David Cole ... Youth
Neil Cunningham Neil Cunningham ... Foster
Donald Sumpter ... Mark
Arthur Howard Arthur Howard ... Vicar
Murray Brown ... Charles
Patricia Bourdrel Patricia Bourdrel ... Madeleine
Linda Regan ... Secretary
Ronald Fraser ... Marty
Harry H. Corbett ... Art
Roland Curram ... Edward
Michael Feast ... Photographer
John Clive John Clive ... Willi
Stephen Calcutt Stephen Calcutt ... Karl
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Heavily fictionalised 'autobiography' of 70s sex superstar Fiona Richmond.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1979 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Trivia

The end title theme "Fiona Butterfly" was co-written by James Montgomery, who Fiona Richmond later married. See more »

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References From Noon Till Three (1976) See more »

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Fiona Butterfly
By James Montgomery and Graham Hurley
Arranged by James Kenelm Clarke (uncredited)
Sung by James Montgomery (uncredited)
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Dreadful, Dreadful - but you will enjoy it!
23 April 2000 | by King_OpossumSee all my reviews

HARDCORE is one of these strange pieces of cinema that try and combine the worlds of drama and pornography. In my experience any film that tries to do this only succeeds in failing on both counts, and this is a textbook example of this happening.

Fiona Richmond was, I am told, a big sex symbol of the 70s. I was still in nappies at this time, so fortunately did not feel the need to look upon Ms Richmond in any sexual way whatsoever. Have times changed so much that this was the epitomy of male desire? It must have been, as the acting that this woman gives us is beyond description. It is so unbelievably bad that whereas the film does advertise itself as a comedy, much of the laughter I am sure is unintentional. The film charts her life from as far back as 17, and to see this uniform-clad woman squealing with delight as her schoolmaster seduces her is probably the funniest piece of celluloid ever made! Ms Richmond obviously insisted that she was still fresh-faced enough to play a school-girl, and it demonstrates her popularity by the fact that no-one dared argue! All her lines are delivered in a tired monotone, and her sex scenes stay as erotic as they are likely (was there a shortage of male actors available too? - the sight of Adam BATMAN West's rear end filling my screen was the point in which I almost turned it off!!). There are too many mistakes in this film to mention, but some are so laughably obvious that you begin to wonder if they are indeed all part of a big director's joke. The one that stays in my mind is the act of placing a red carpet down a staircase. Butlers please note - rolling it down from the top of the stairs then expecting your guest to walk up is not going to work! However, one interesting piece of information I have learnt is that the great Malcolm McDowell (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE) appears in the film, although he is uncredited. If anyone knows whereabouts he is featured, I would love to hear from them! Although I don't need anyone telling me why he wished to remain uncredited! This script is such that I can only imagine the writers got hold of "The Spotters Guide to Sexual Innuendo" and bled that sucker dry!!!

Much as I would have liked to, I did get to the end of this film without switching off, and I must confess I enjoyed it (although not for the reasons intended!). As a nostalgic laugh to what the 70s gave us this film is worth a look. Any other reason - forget it!!


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