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Gwendoline - Unrated Director's Cut (aka - The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak) (1985)

Tawny Kitaen , Brent Huff , Just Jaeckin  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tawny Kitaen, Brent Huff, Zabou Breitman, Bernadette Lafont, Jean Rougerie
  • Directors: Just Jaeckin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Severin Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,797 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gwendoline - Unrated Director's Cut (aka - The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Just Jaeckin
  • The Last Temptation of Just: Interview with Just Jaeckin
  • Revealing Tawny Kitaen photospread for LUI Magazine
  • Dr. Kinsey interview with 'Sweet Gwendoline' creator John Willie
  • Theatrical Trailers

Editorial Reviews

Product Description


Video vixen Tawny Kitaen made her movie debut as the virgin adventuress on a provocative odyssey to find her lost father. But even if she can endure the scorching torment of the desert and steamy hungers of the jungle, will she survive her final ordeal at the hands - and more - of the warrior women of Yik Yak?

Brent Huff and French sex kitten Zabou co-star in this erotic cult classic directed by Just Jaeckin (EMMANUELLE, THE STORY OF O), now fully restored from French vault materials and featuring scenes never-before-seen in America!

So bad it's good, the notorious Gwendoline is one of those outrageously entertaining camp classics that will be enjoyed long after thousands of "better" movies have faded into obscurity. Loosely adapted from John Willie's pioneering 1940s comic strip "The Adventures of Sweet Gwendoline," and directed with good-natured humor by French softcore specialist Just Jaekin (Emmanuelle, The Story of O), this delirious dose of mainstream erotica plays like a sexy parody of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Romancing the Stone. In his own audacious fashion, Jaekin was attempting an ambitious, good-looking adventure with above-average production values, but Gwendoline owes its "bad movie" cult status to its cheesy combination of globe-hopping scenery, tacky sets, hopelessly wretched dialogue, laughably awful acting, and a constant parade of beautiful women, either half-naked or scantily clad in outrageous S&M costumes. The film is also notorious for being the screen debut of Tawny Kitaen (shortly before she appeared with Tom Hanks Bachelor Party), who brings a breathtaking lack of talent (and a very hot body) to her title role as Gwendoline, a scrappy stowaway who arrives in China on a quest to find her missing father, who'd ventured into remote jungles in search of a rare and beautiful butterfly.

Joined by hunky mercenary Willard (Brent Huff) and her loopy friend Beth (played by French model/actress Zabou), Gwendoline survives a variety of absurdly amusing obstacles (including one very phony-looking alligator) until they eventually reach the land of the Yik Yak, an Amazonian slave-culture consisting entirely of slim, sexy women! Through it all, Jaekin's image of women is a source of constant fascination: When they're not kicking ass or running around topless, Kitaen and Zabou act like helpless, virginal airheads who need a man to survive, and Gwendoline plays out like an adolescent wet dream. With a climactic chariot chase that must be seen to be believed, it's all so ridiculous that you can't help but be entertained, and Jaekin's 106-minute, French-language director's cut contains several action scenes that were cut for the film's English-dubbed 88-minute American version, released (and available separately) as The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak. --Jeff Shannon

On the DVD
Jaekin's original cut has been spectacularly restored for this Severin Films DVD release, with both French and English audio tracks and a delightful commentary by Jaekin with journalist/author Tony Crawley and Frederick Levier, former contributor to Starfix, a French magazine devoted to fantastic films; their unabashed enthusiasm for the film makes this commentary an unexpected treat. Also included: a 24-minute video interview with Jaekin, in which he discusses the production history of Gwendoline; a 10-photo gallery of Tawny Kitaen from the French softcore magazine Lui; and a fascinating vintage audio interview with Sweet Gwendoline creator John Willie, from the archives of sex-research pioneer Dr. Alfred Kinsey. Kudos to Severin Films for including these high-quality bonus features with a film that many consider one of the "worst" of the 1980s! One caveat, however: Why not include the American cut Perils of Gwendoline on a second disc, instead of as a separate DVD release? --Jeff Shannon

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90 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!! October 31, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have been wanting to pick up this obscure movie for years, ever since I first watched it some 12 years ago. Unfortunately, up until now it has been out of print - even on VHS. I was un-willing to pay an obnoxious price for a used version on Video tape. Now there is no reason to fret any more: Gwendoline is here & she's on DVD!!!

The original title of the film was The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak. It is basically a low-budget INDIANA JONES type of adventure movie, only with a whole lot more erotica mixed in. One could say there are elements of Monty Python as well. Brent Huff plays a Harrison Ford wannabe. He has a great physique for an adventure movie, but he's not a particularly good actor. The third major character is Gwendoline's sidekick / friend, Beth (played by French actress Zabou).

The overwhelming reason to buy this DVD may be summed up in 3 words: Tawny Kitaen topless! While she has stripped down in a few other movies (such as WITCHBOARD), one needs to have the pause button on the DVD remote handy to get a good look. Not so with this film. She is topless throughout most of the 2nd half of the film - and that's a very good thing!!!

I can't for the life of me understand why Tawny has not had a more robust acting career or why she didn't make many more movies. For one thing, there have not been too many female redhead movie stars. Tawny is gorgeous and there are a few scenes in this film where she is absolutely ravishing - to the extent that she took my breath away. She is also a better actress than a great many women in Hollywood.

To be sure, this is a very corny movie. Tawny and Zabou are good actors; the rest of the cast are all a bit stilted.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soft core? March 12, 2007
Not just soft. It's flaccid, floppy, and limp. It's silly, fun, and adventurous, but it's still pretty limp.

What's to like? A lot, really. This comes down to us from a time when a B-cup was a god-given gift of beauty and a joy to behold, rather than an unhappy accident to be repaired with implants. It's filled with silliness. "We need water - quick, take your shirt off!" And best, the silliness just gets better as it goes along. Watch the costumes on The Grand Dames of Whatever - the colors get brighter, the poufs get poufier, and the haircuts get closer to one of the worse "Dune" movies.

Babes, bods, bouncing boobies, and bravado. There's a lot to like. Nothing that matters, but a lot anyway.

-- wiredweird
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I had never seen "Gwendoline" (or, "Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak", as it was titled in its shorter US version, though the film itself was made by the French director Just Jaeckin, who did an Emmanuelle film, which i'm sure i saw on Showtime back around 1985) prior to watching this uncut version, though most guys might remember it well from the 80's, since it came out around when Tawny Kitaen made a name for herself in "Bachelor Party". Most guys who came of age in the 80's would likely know the film because there's a TON of topless nudity in the second half of it - it's akin to a film like "Barbarella" in that it's derived from a French comic and there's a highly sexual element to it, but to tell the truth, the film/story (about a young woman who is searching for her father & a rare butterfly, and discovers a society of warrior-like women) is really not that good and the acting is pretty uniformly subpar. I'd be curious what was cut from this, that created the edited version, because there's not a whole lot of plot to begin with? I WILL say, however, that this uncut director's cut has a REALLY good transfer (in 2:35:1 widescreen) and the image is very sharp, and this wasn't even a blu-ray. Extras are ok - trailers, commentary, some other ancillary interview footage. I can't imagine anyone would want to watch this more than once, unless you're a devout Tawny fan, but to each his own. I'll give it two stars: one for the excellent transfer/crispness, and one star for the benefit of any who like Tawny and/or gratutitous Skinemax soft-core Euro-nudie films of the 80's.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gwendoline - Unrated Director's Cut November 30, 2006
Gwendoline - Unrated Director's Cut ~ Known as the TV movie "The Perils

Of Gwendoline In The Land Of The Yik Yak". However, this version has

all the semi-nude scenes intact. Including the picture perfect topless

Tawny Kitaen & 'French sex kitten' Zabou, in the rain. Also starring

Brent Huff as the 'I don't want to be a hero' hero of the story.

Produced by Jean-Claude Fleury. Directed by Just Jaeckin ( Emmanuelle &

The Story Of O [ Soft-porn, not my type ] ). DVD includes Tawny Kitaen

photo spread for French "LUI" Magazine. This is a must have for cult

movie fans, and will join my collection, between "Barbarella Queen Of

The Galaxy ( Jane fonda 1968 )" & "Teenage Catgirls In Heat (

Esmeralda Huffhines, Helen Griffiths, Dorothy Layne 1999 )".

Michael Steven Scott

aka Cat Springs

Dallas, TX
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gwendoline Hot and Fun November 9, 2006
By M. Noon
Gwendoline is free spirited and lots of beauiful skin adventure and action.

Good choice of entertainment.They need to bring back a lot of these type

movies with lots of skin and G-rated action. Nudity mades these films very special..

If you liked Sheena or Beast Master this is a good choice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars tawny kitaen at her best, great fun action adventure movie with loads...
tawny kitaen at her best , great fun action adventure movie with loads of sex appeal , with tawny in all kinds of series of undress , much watch classic
Published 2 days ago by forever~young
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was great.
Published 3 days ago by William Meriwether Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by Joss Streetman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 1 month ago by robert bayless
4.0 out of 5 stars Gwendoline, say no more
Quite a good movie with an interesting story line. It's not a soft core porno but just a movie taking of other so called action movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tony Davies
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by 38 Special
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but not quite as good as the memory from the first time.
Saw this many years ago. It seems like the second time around these types of campy movies are not quite as good as remember. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Owenby
3.0 out of 5 stars Alors! Encore Avec Les Mains, Tawney?
What a daft movie.

A comedy skin flick of sorts, or it would be if Tawny Kitaen would just lower her bloody hands. And her elbows. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars it diffreant
look this movie may not be for everyone it is not to bad but I will let you know it dose have a lot boobs in so look out for kids
Published 5 months ago by Bennett YOung
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Great example of the sexploitation movies of the past. Tawny Kitaen was a beauty and the acting was just like I remembered it, cheesy.
Published 9 months ago by ifamember
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