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Gwendoline (1984)

Gwendoline, a runaway nun, arrives in Hong Kong on a mission to find her father, who was last seen in the legendary Land of the Yik Yak searching for a rare butterfly. She's guided on her perilous journey by the selfish mercenary Willard.


Just Jaeckin


Just Jaeckin (screenplay), John Willie (comic strip by: The Adventures of Sweet Gwendolyn)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tawny Kitaen ... Gwendoline
Brent Huff ... Willard
Zabou Breitman ... Beth (as Zabou)
Bernadette Lafont ... The Queen
Jean Rougerie ... D'Arcy
Roland Amstutz
Stanley Kapoul Stanley Kapoul ... (as Jean Stanislas Capoul)
Chen Chang Ching Chen Chang Ching
Vernon Dobtcheff
André Julien ... Tom (as Andre Julien)
Takashi Kawahara
Kristopher Kum
Loi Lam Duc Loi Lam Duc
Maurice Lamy
Jim Adhi Limas


Gwendoline arrives in China in a box, and is helped out of her immediate predicament by a female contact and a devil-may-care adventurer. She's on a mission to find her father, who was last seen searching for a rare butterfly in the Land of the Yik Yak. They confront the evil Cheops in an attempt to find Gwen's lost father and the butterfly, and face many other challenges to their mission. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Outrageous adventures in the Kingdom of Women See more »


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A slightly modified version of the Gwendoline Melody can be heard in Tom Walker's antidrug rap song "I will leave a light on". See more »


Many of the closing-trap walls in the end sequence can be seen to stop just shy of the lens while the grinding-stone sound effects continue. See more »


Willard: Hey, you guys okay? You're not dead or anything?
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Alternate Versions

For the original theatrical release, the BBFC required 3m 14s worth of cuts. For the video release, 2m 51s were cut. In 2005, all previous cuts were waived for the DVD release. See more »


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Trashy? Yup. Dumb? Sure. Fun? Heck yeah!
6 March 2003 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

A beautiful woman hires an intrepid adventurer to help find her father, who has disappeared in the jungle while searching for a rare and priceless butterfly. Along the way they run into cannibals, a race of Amazon warriors and all the usual attractions one would expect to find in a lost jungle. That's pretty much all you have to know of the plot, which is mainly an excuse to show off scads of beautiful naked women, gorgeous Filipino scenery, some almost competent action scenes, and Tawny Kitaen. That about covers it. Director Just Jaeckin apparently put a fair chunk of the tons of money he made off his "Emanuelle" movies into this one, and it shows; the film doesn't look cheap, at least, and Jaeckin's photography shows off the film's best assets--including Tawny Kitaen's--to their best advantage. Go at it with the right attitude and this film can be a lot of fun.

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English | French

Release Date:

25 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,337,274, 27 January 1985

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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