Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Teenage Tramp (1973)

Director: Anton Holden

Writers: Anton Holden, David Sawn

Composers: Joel Dein, Steve Seltzer

Starring: Robin Lane, Alisha Fontaine, Anthony Massena, Don Jarrell, David Sawn, Jack Garner, Steve Hofstetter, Eric Jay

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Old enough, Ripe enough!

Plot: Wayward and uninhibited young runaway Kim has fallen in with a bad crowd. Kim decides to flee said crowd and goes to the west coast to reunite herself with her uptight and neurotic estranged older sister Hilary so she can collect some of the inheritance left behind by their deceased parents. However, evil drug dealer Maury and his flock follow Kim to Hilary's house.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

When you've got a movie called TEENAGE TRAMP and it's from 1973 and it's not much over an hour long, you get a certain level of expectations that you need fulfilled.  I don't know, like maybe lots of nudity and tramp-y shit?  Nope.  You do get hippies...

and giant eating utensils...

a creepy ass drug deal/cult leader...

and, yeah, you do get the titular character...

but she's hardly a tramp.  She bangs her sister's boyfriend.  That's the extent of her trampiness.  Seriously.  The movie is OK.  The acting isn't bad nor is anything else but it's an exploitation title that screams for some exploitation and my copy didn't have it.  It's more of a drama that dips it's toe into the 'sploitation pool.  I needed this one to go skinny dipping instead. The old copy I had was a fullscreen VHS rip that looks like nearly all of the nudity has been removed.  That's bad.  Only now do I see that a proper widescreen copy is available that keeps the good stuff in tact.  IMDb shows the UK cut is 74 minutes (what I've got apparently) and the US cut is 80. That six extra minutes might have helped and it's something I wish I had known before turning this on.  Live and learn I guess.

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