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Plato's: The Movie (1980)

Investigative reporters go undercover to get the dirt on the infamous sex club Plato's.

Director:

Joe Sherman

Writer:

John Finegold
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seka ... Buffy
Lisa De Leeuw ... Cindy (as Lisa DeLeeuw)
Mike Ranger ... Burt
Greg Michaels Greg Michaels ... Jason
Becky Savage ... Dora (as Rebecca Savage)
Taurus Taurus ... Willard
Maria Tortuga Maria Tortuga ... Vicky
Jane Lindsay Jane Lindsay ... Myra (as Alexi Hendiex)
Nicole Scent Nicole Scent ... Attendant (as Coco)
R.J. Reynolds R.J. Reynolds ... Bill
April Grant April Grant ... Susan (as Ginger Leigh)
John Boland John Boland ... Biff (as Biff Parker)
John Stagliano ... Plato's Participant (as Romeo Verdi)
Tiffany Clark Tiffany Clark ... Brunette at Plato's (as Tiffiny Clark)
Rachael Livingston Rachael Livingston ... Black Girl at Plato's (as Racheal Livingston)
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Buffy and Cindy are charged by their employer Burt, editor of a celebrity magazine, to cover a report in a select location of a particular genre. This is the Plato's Retreat in Los Angeles, a huge complex dedicated to sex, a luxurious swingers club in which everyone would be able to satisfy his wildest fantasies. But Plato's would also contain a secret place reserved only for a few initiates, including the mayor's daughter. The latter would also have an influence on the manager of the box, Roger. From there to think that the mayor of Los Angeles would dip (his biscuit?) In the business of Plato's, there is only one step to cross. What will our two shock investigators do, who will obviously play their charms to untie a few languages, and know what is really happening in the dark alcoves of Plato's? Written by lament

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The Legendary Palace of Pleasure Comes to Life in This Incredible Adult Exposé of Those Who Joined the Fun at the Fabulous Plato's See more »

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Adult | Comedy | Mystery

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Trivia

This film is part of Seka Triple Feature 2 (2006) DVD from Alpha Blue Archives. See more »

Connections

Featured in Super Sex (1983) See more »

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Boogie Nights
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Written by Michael Penn
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A failure on all counts
9 January 2015 | by lor_See all my reviews

Having just watched Joe Sherman's horrible porn comedy INSPIRATIONS (oxymoron alert), I was still unprepared for the horribleness of PLATO'S THE MOVIE. This should have been a lost film, so people could speculate (or half-remember) about its contents, rather than still exist as a total insult to the viewer.

Picture might have served as a time capsule of a hedonistic period in America, set at the West Coast's epicenter for narcissism and public sex. Instead, we get an anti-erotic load of b.s. with big-name porn talent rather than "real people" cavorting in one long orgy.

The irritating Bill Margold (a superstar in his own mind whose name never sold a single ticket during his lengthy porn hanger-on career) is the villain of the piece, managing Plato's Retreat West with the mayor's daughter Vicky (Maria Tortuga) as resident dominatrix and fellow baddie. Editor Burt Saxon (Mike Ranger) is there to supervise an undercover investigation, assigning reporters (!) Seka and Lisa DeLeeuw to uncover incriminating material linking the mayor and Plato's for an explosive newspaper story.

The gals see a lot of sexual activity but fail to come up with conclusive goods (in today's internet media environment the half-baked story would have been disseminated immediately) so they peddle their reportage to a femme editor who demands sex from DeLeeuw in return, that leads to a fake-rough lesbian scene, and then reneges on publishing.

Meanwhile a portly semi-retarded guy named Willard (unidentified and untalented actor, who seems to be doubled below the waist during sex scenes) is trying to get laid by one of the dozens of nude women humping all comers on the premises, and in a dumb incest subplot ends up humping his mother "inadvertently" (credibility is not helped by casting Willard to look older than his mom).

Idiotic finish has Margold confronting Ranger with a gun only to be outflanked by Tortuga and a sudden freeze-frame with literally 50%-plus of the plot voiced over by narration attempting to tie together many of the loose ends in a script credited to Sherman's partner in crime "John Finegold".

Film takes an anti-gay stance early on, with the statement that while women are freely admitted, Plato's West requires male customers to bring a woman with them "in order to cut down on the number of gays". But of course it is primarily misogynistic, with a "cute" recurring motif emphasized by Margold of a woman sucking cock constantly with blank-eyed expression imitating a sex doll. Margold's smug, smarmy personality dominates the film and helps sink it from the outset.

Sex scenes aren't arousing at all, especially a "climax" where Willard is humped by several beauties as the rest of the cast cheers him on. Basically we are treated to decadence with a capital D, meant to conjure up ancient Rome rather than Greece. Naked people disco dancing en masse, and the presumably fabricated "allure" of the fantasy room where more sex can be done privately and anonymously, plus a brief masked slasher attacking DeLeeuw subplot all turn out to be 100% boring under Sherman's limp direction.

Ranger was briefly typecast in this type of movie having made Ray Dennis Steckler's similar SEX RINK years before, reprised in the later paste-up job by Steckler titled PLATO's RETREAT WEST. Fortunately for Ranger, Kirdy Stevens cast him as the young lead opposite Kay Parker in TABOO, giving him an indelible place in film history, not unlike Keir Dullea's lucky casting in Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.


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22 September 1980 (Sweden) See more »

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