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Raw Talent (1984)

X | | Adult, Comedy, Drama | 1984 (USA)
A soap opera actor is haunted by his porno past.

Director:

Larry Revene

Writer:

Joyce Snyder
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Butler ... Eddie Czeropski
Cassandra Leigh Cassandra Leigh ... Nancy
Joey Silvera ... Donny
Lisa De Leeuw ... Carolyn King (as Lisa Deleeuw)
Rhonda Jo Petty ... Alice
Chelsea Blake Chelsea Blake ... Marie
Jose Duval Jose Duval ... Raymond (as Jose Duvall)
Ginny Mars Ginny Mars ... Cindy
Nora Bristow Nora Bristow ... Lady in Coffee Shop
Mick Townshend Mick Townshend ... Thug #1
Jeffrey R. Iorio Jeffrey R. Iorio ... Thug #2 / Stunt Dancer (as Jeffrey Iorio)
Marshall Harris Marshall Harris ... Thug #3
Taija Rae ... Shirley (as Tajia Rae)
Ron Jeremy ... Richie
Tish Ambrose Tish Ambrose ... Monica
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A soap opera actor is haunted by his porno past.

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The Naked Truth About Making It!

Genres:

Adult | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

X
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1984 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Color
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Quotes

Shirley: What do you do?
Eddie Czeropski: I'm an actor.
Shirley: Name something you've been in.
Eddie Czeropski: Well, I was in the soap opera "Dawn Of Day".
Shirley: I don't watch soaps, name something else.
Eddie Czeropski: All right, I did some off-off Broadway, some one act plays, some summer revivals...
Shirley: Tell me something I might have seen on TV, something really big.
Eddie Czeropski: Something that's been on TV. Well, I was in the Vietnam War, and I had a bit part in that one.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD release (and newer videotape releases) has 5 scenes cut out:
  • Eddie, as a waiter, masturbating inside a roast chicken before serving it to a complaining customer.
  • Eddie fighting with a gang that confronts him on the street.
  • Eddie seducing his former director Carolyn King only to anally rape her after she ruins his career by revealing his porn past.
  • Eddie fighting Richie in a martial arts parody after catching him with his girlfriend.
  • Eddie defending himself during an audition. Note that a disclaimer on the DVD's box cover warns that the film is "modified from original version".
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Classic non-gonzo 80's port
12 November 2007 | by online-regSee all my reviews

The only thing I'd like to add here is that, my friend had a video store on the Upper East Side (Manhattan) in the early-mid 80s, and Joyce Schneider walked in one day (1986?) promoting this film. The story as I've heard it was she told him "you walk down 42nd street these days and what do you see? F-ck films and Fight films...F-ck films and Fight films...so I decided to write a film with both!"...and he bought a copy of the film and we wore it out in the basement. Among the highlights of the film are Jerry Butler's and Ron Jeremy's Kung-Fu-Fighting battle (reminiscent of the Day of the Jackal) and the all-time classic "revenge of the waiter" scene with Joey Silvera and Jerry taking their revenge on a pinched tart in Leo Lindy's in Times Square.

42nd St? F-ck films and Fight films? Yes, it was the "mean streets" of 1980s Times Square, before the Disneyfied, Shrager'd, Giulani'd Times Square took hold. It was a badge of honor to be mugged in Times Square back then, when you'd have to beg for a token (!) from the Times Square Police Station (now an Army recruiting outpost) when your wallet got lifted in the balcony during a Bruce Lee triple-feature.

Anyway, back to the film...Lisa DeLeeuw turns in a great performance as a jaded porn director trying to cash in on a young hunk ("that's how I like them...young, dumb and hung!") while putting in a lesbian scene and then getting sodomized by her now-assertive "protege". Taija Rae is the (chubby) sweet girl next door (who will do double(you-know-what)), while Joey, Gerry, and Ron raise hell and remind you of why the porn industry is not what it's cracked up to be.

Enjoy this film...it's a slice of NY and porn from the '80s.


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