Gwendoline - Unrated Director's Cut (aka - The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak)
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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!
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
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Indiana Jones meets Benny Hill and Monty Python. Somehow I missed this film in the 1980's when it passed amongst my friends on VHS tape. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alan. J. Reynolds
I remember seeing it back in the 80s-had the beta and vhs of it....loved it. a funny movie fact the amazon queens voice was redubbed for the DVDs. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M.A.
Pretty good B movie with all the guilty pleasures you could want. You can pretty much judge it by it's cover as long as you realize it is sort of a serial-type cliffhanger... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Douglas Ratcliff