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LA Plays Itself (1972)

The film opens on a shot of the "Los Angeles City Limits" sign. It then cuts to Fred Halsted taking a walk in the forest and coming upon a man sunning himself in the nude. They briefly talk... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Halsted

Writer:

Fred Halsted
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jim Frost Jim Frost ... Hiker
Rick Coates Rick Coates ... Nature Boy
Fred Halsted Fred Halsted ... Ranchero Driver
Joey Yale Joey Yale ... New Kid in Town
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Barresi
Bob Blount
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Storyline

The film opens on a shot of the "Los Angeles City Limits" sign. It then cuts to Fred Halsted taking a walk in the forest and coming upon a man sunning himself in the nude. They briefly talk and end up having passionate sex in the wilderness only to be interrupted by bulldozers destroying the wildlife area in order to build a new suburb. The film suddenly switches to inner city Los Angeles as Halsted and a man from Texas discuss in voice over the problems with modern society and the dishonesty of most people. This is inter-cut with shots of hustlers, bums, vagrants, porn theaters and shops, as well as footage of a man (presumably the Texan) being brutally tortured by Halsted. Eventually the man is bound and left helpless in a closet, a symbol of the violent and trapping nature of Los Angeles. The film ends on shots of newspapers saying that a young man was found dead after being tortured. Written by Tory

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For mature adults See more »

Genres:

Adult | Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1972 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Eight of Clubs See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was originally screened with director Fred Halsted's short film The Sex Garage (1972). See more »

Goofs

There are many continuity errors involving the position of the victim during the torture scene. See more »

Alternate Versions

The VCA VHS release, which is the only video release of the film in existence, removed several minutes of the torture scene including the fisting. See more »

Connections

References Performance (1970) See more »

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