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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different View
Oh, give me a break! I happen to really enjoy this movie because it is funny and it is a movie. Almost every complaint makes it appear as if it was more than just a movie. What's wrong?

This is a rare film and because of the story content it will probably never get release on DVD. It's a comedy, not a political correct idea that every person is trying to...
Published on December 26, 2005 by slk54

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3.0 out of 5 stars 'Maids' - - -Three Pretty Stars in A Row.
An odd, (and hardly publicized) little black-comedy/bedroom farce written and produced by STAR TREK creator Gene Roddenberry and directed by Roger Vadim (AND GOD CREATED WOMAN, BARBARELLA). One could understand Vadim involved with this piece of light-hearted sleaze, but Roddenberry? Boasting a great and diverse cast with Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson..., Telly Savalas,...
Published on October 4, 2002


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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different View, December 26, 2005
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Oh, give me a break! I happen to really enjoy this movie because it is funny and it is a movie. Almost every complaint makes it appear as if it was more than just a movie. What's wrong?

This is a rare film and because of the story content it will probably never get release on DVD. It's a comedy, not a political correct idea that every person is trying to live by today.

One letter stated that Rock Hudson character rape these girls. Rape? I would advise this person to watch this movie again. These girls were enjoying the sex they were having not screaming and yelling for help.

This movie was meant to entertain not to focus on somebody's politically correct concept. If you don't like the movie don't watch it!
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Maids' - - -Three Pretty Stars in A Row., October 4, 2002
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An odd, (and hardly publicized) little black-comedy/bedroom farce written and produced by STAR TREK creator Gene Roddenberry and directed by Roger Vadim (AND GOD CREATED WOMAN, BARBARELLA). One could understand Vadim involved with this piece of light-hearted sleaze, but Roddenberry? Boasting a great and diverse cast with Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson..., Telly Savalas, Roddy McDowell, Keenan Wynn, and James Doohan (Star Trek's Mr. Scotty himself), the film has dark humor, [love]situations, and a murder mystery to boot. Rock Hudson, in one of his weirder and misogynistic roles, plays a coach/counselor (Tiger) at a western university. He's bedding some of the college ... coed's, killing them when they want commitment, and leaves their bodies strewn along various parts of the university (a far cry from his characters in films with Doris Day). An on-campus investigation (headed by Telly Savalas as Capt. Sam Surcher) begins and Tiger is the prime suspect. In the meantime, one of his students, Ponce (John Carson) is having a tough time scoring with girls. Tiger (Hudson) is willing to give the young man some advice. Then, enlists the help of Miss Smith (Dickinson) to help Ponce along but gets (and gives) more than she bargains for. Much of the humor is the relationship of Hudson's and Dickinson's characters in the film when helping out Ponce (Carson), and the weirder humor comes when Tiger (Hudson) is "sampling" the coeds. The film is slightly entertaining. Satirical at times with it's point of view of women and the education system. However, it is mostly worth watching just to see these actors play against type. A curiosity from the man who created STAR TREK. Note: Look for actress Joanna Cameron (as Yvonne), one of Hudson's ...co-ed/victims. She played ISIS - - in the Saturday morning live action kid's show part of the SHAZAM (Captain Marvel) hour. Also, William L. Campbell has a supporting role as a sheriff deputy (Grady). He played one of Star Trek's (orig. series) memorable alien villains, Trelane from the 1967 episode "The Squire of Gothos."
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aroused, August 17, 2006
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Kevin Killian (San Francisco, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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Roger Vadim's twisted satire of Southern California and the American education program was a flop on first release, and it was a long time before he dared return to the USA to make another feature. But today PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW definitely has the hallmarks of a masterpiece, anchored by four brilliant performances. First off, Rock Hudson in perhaps his last important picture. He's a little fleshy and with his shirt off the camera seemes reluctant to travel past his navel for fear of exposing some extra weight on his hips. And Vadim's cameraman (Chuck Rosher, who later did A WEDDING and THREE WOMEN for Robert Altman) hones in on some penetrating closeups which really show up his crows feet--he's lived and that seasons his character. As usual, he's the men girls want and the man boys want to be, but here it's a deeper and considerably darker version of himself than he ever let people see on the screen. His ideal married life is something of a sham, or is it? A cryptic epilogue with Telly Savalas makes us wonder if "Tiger" hasn't really the perfect marriage after all. Vadim needed a larger-than-life star for "Tiger" and he certainly got one.

Matching him at every stroke is the young John David Carson, the boy who can't seem to get a date and walks around with a clipboard covering his arousal at all times. Carson plays "Ponce de Leon Harper" as though to remind us of his own perpetual fountain of youth. Whatever happened to this actor? He goes from boy to man in a series of believable, subtle segues; and let me tell you, it can't have been easy playing the kid whom Rock Hudson takes under his wing. Carson makes it all look easy. It's a graceful, vibrant acting job, like a young James Stewart could have turned in (if Stewart were allowed erections in the cinema of the mid 1930s).

Angie Dickinson has never been better. She's super sexy, charming, very funny, brainy and extremely elegant, like Kay Kendall, especially in her toga-style hostess gown with the slits in its side that go all the way up her armpits. These were the Bacharach years for Angie Dickinson, and if rueful acknowledgement of her unavailability, when she first appears, a little Bacharach-like phrase erupts in Lalo Schifrin's playful and ultimately moving score. Can you imagine being Angie Dickinson at this time? She had just finished THE CHASE and POINT BLANK, and meanwhile was the inspiration for some of the most stylish and passionate music of the century; no wonder she looks like the kitten with cream on her face. Vadim doesn't let her drop a beat, even during the scene which every other actress would find humiliating (when Hudson pretends that he's pretending to make love with her, then drops her claiming it was all a pedagogic exercise). Angie Dickinson just picks herself up and walks away taller than ever.

Finally, Barbara Leigh as Jean McDrew, Tiger's wife. We had just seen CROSSROADS with William Powell and Hedy Lamarr, said to have been the first film to come up with the "meet cute" gambit you've since seen in a hundred pictures, where the guy seems to be meeting the girl for the first time and takes what seems to be alarming liberties with her--and she goes right along with them--and then in a minute or two you realize, oh, they're actually married people, just playing. Well, Barbara Leigh could have invented this game. She's as foxy as Hedy Lamarr and, like Hedy, seems capable of actually forgetting the face of her own husband. Every day must be a delight when you're Barbara Leigh. By the way if you care about the movies you must read Miss Leigh's autobiography THE KING, McQUEEN, AND THE LOVE MACHINE.

A huge array of young, talented actresses play the victims, girlfriends and fellow students of Tiger, Ponce, and Miss Smith. People have called this film "misogynist." I don't know. To me it's like Aimee Eccles (the Eurasian actress who plays Hilda Lee) tells shrewd top cop Telly Savalas in the movie, "It's all about love."

Wish I could add a star just for the jaunty theme song sung by the Osmonds, "Chilly Winds." It's demented and you will love it!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's to you, Mr. Roddenberry..., November 21, 2010
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Gene Roddenberry was a wacky guy. And I mean that as a high compliment. After leaving Star Trek, he really let himself go nuts, and we have a singularly wild film as a result. It's no secret that Mr. Roddenberry had an eye for the ladies and that he embraced the sixties youth movement with enthusiastic abandon. Freed from the constraints of television, this is the result. While it never quite decides what kind of film it's going to be, I think that's in its favor... it's a little bit of everything in proportions that you'd never normally find. I'm not sure it hits any of its notes with total success, but what it lacks in that department, it more than makes up for in sheer chutzpah. Is it a post-Barbarella, Roger Vadim romp? Check. A forty-something's fantasy of what it must be to come-of-age at the tail end of the swingin' sixties? Check. Is it a romantic comedy? Check. Is it a crime drama about a serial killer? Check. A murder mystery? Of course. Does Rock Hudson wear what appears to be a mumu? Yes, again. Do we have a police team made up of Telly Savalas, James Doohan, and Keenan Wynn? Yup. Is it drive-in goodness? Uh-huh. Does it get highbrow, with Rock (as Gene's sometimes-surrogate) pontificating on the ills of modern education, quoting Moliere, rappin' with his high school students, and mackin' around like a hepcat Captain Kirk? Absolutely. Does a vital plot point involve a frightened teenaged boy backing away from Angie Dickinson and sitting on a booze-filled, chocolate duck statue? Yes, again. (What great film doesn't have such a sequence?) Is it full of awkwardly inappropriate pedagogical conduct? Oy! Oh, boyoboyoboy. Yessireebob. Do we even see Roddy McDowell praise "great little cheerleaders"? Of course. Gene would not let you down. It even has a Terry Southern vibe at times, with a Russ Meyeresque love of visual puns. Yeah, they're often Freudian groaners, but they're in there with unapologetic glee.

It's trashy fun, just as nature intended... with some profound Roddenberrianisms lurking under the surface. I've shown it to a number of friends over the years, and they all like it. None of us can explain why, except that, like A GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN, it's the kind of wildly un-PC tour-de-force that you'd never get from a movie today. Is that a good thing? You be the judge. Fans of mondo cinema should have a great time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Entertaining, Star-Studded Time Capsule of 1971, September 21, 2011
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This review is from: Pretty Maids All In A Row [Remaster] (DVD)
"Pretty Maids All In a Row" is a fun, lighthearted high-school murder-mystery, if that makes sense.

The voyeuristic opening credits feature newcomer John David Carson riding a moped taking in all the female pulchritude on his way to school with lots of T&A and upskirt camera shots.

The primary cast reads like a who's-who of '70s crime shows: Rock Hudson is the greasy guidance counselor/football coach sexing up all the cheerleaders. This isn't the button-down Brylcreem Rock Hudson of 1955--here's he's all sideburns and porn 'stache. Angie Dickinson is the sexy substitute teacher with whom Carson becomes infatuated. Telly Savalas is the detective investigating the murders (except here he's constantly sucking a cigarette, not a lollipop). Among the secondary players are Roddy McDowell as the Vice-Principal, wacky Susan Tolsky as his secretary and Keenan Wynn as an inept cop.

A deft mix of campy drama and comedy, there are some unintentionally surreal and hilarious moments here as when Hudson discusses erections with Carson (knowing what we know now, this takes on a whole new meaning), and seeing various naked women throw themselves at him. It's interesting to see how times have changed, as Dickinson doesn't scream sexual harrassment when Hudson slips his hand up her top--in fact, she seems to rather enjoy it. In 2011, Dickinson's predatory substitute-teacher would be jailed for seducing a student, which shows how really sexually-liberated society was back in 1971.

The script does become somewhat predictable but there is a slight twist at the end.

The widescreen print is good, but there are some minor problems here and there and the sound level varies. (NOTE: See the screen-grabs posted in the Images section of this product). For a Made-to-Order DVD there is absolutely nothing bad to say about this release.

"Pretty Maids" is not really Academy-Award material, but it is quite a fun time capsule of an era when the peace-love-happiness of the late '60s wasn't quite over but Watergate hadn't ushered in the '70s. Avocado and mustard-colored furniture, peace signs and a theme song by The Osmonds. You can't get much more 1971 than that!

Four stars.
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42 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars cencored! rated p.g, December 16, 2010
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don,t waste your money-they did the same thing with the movie Smile.Buy from amazon u.k.!-wasted 26.00!-not what I saw many years ago!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this anymore (and for good reason), June 19, 1997
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The initial reaction one has to "Pretty Maids All In A Row" is what deep dark secrets did Rock Hudson threaten to expose or what favors did he have to "call in" in order to have co-stars Angie Dickenson, Roddy McDowall, Telly Savalas and Keenan Wynn appear in this film. The premise of this "dark comedy" is "free love" for all, which includes high school teachers having sex with their students. This, mind you, is viewed as a positive activity throughout the film. A problem arises, however, when one of the teachers (Rock) starts murdering the nubile young teenagers who don't understand the concept of open relationships and who want to get too serious. Angie Dickenson plays a lustful but frustrated young teacher who has a crush on Rock's character but is persuaded by him to seduce the school nerd for their mutual benifit -- an activity she eventually becomes quite enthusiastic about. The film ends with the murderer/hero having escaped justice, the newly popular nerd hitting on Rock's ex-lovers (all female) and Angie sitting in a church pew with a her next student/conquest's hand up her skirt! Actually, the film has a number of very funny moments and it is a good example of a type of male-chauvanistic pre-HIV sex-comedy that, while popular in the mid to late '60s and early '70s, could never be made by a major studio today. Nevertheless, one wonders what was going through the actors minds as they made this one. END
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MGM answers Russ Meyer's call!, December 24, 2010
This review is from: Pretty Maids All In A Row [Remaster] (DVD)
After BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS hit it BIG, MGM realized there was gold in them there hills (pun intended,) and came up with this twisted gem. Just like Meyer, director Roger Vadim was known for having an eye for, ahem, talent, and cast a bevy of beautiful ingenues to be in his film. But unlike Meyer's masterpiece, Vadim assembled a group of A-list actors to be at the forefront of the "action." Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson, and Telly Savalas are marvelous in their roles, giving the fresh faces something solid to play off. The resulting film is not quite as wildly entertaining as BTVOTD, but no less subversive. Another striking similarity to BTVOTD lies in their unusual choice of screenwriter. While Meyer had Roger Ebert, Vadim enlists the aid of the "Great Bird of the Galaxy" himself, Gene Roddenberry! TREK fans, strap yourselves in for a journey of a different sort with this one...

PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW is essential viewing for those interested in seeing a prime example of what made the 1970's the most daring period of American film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes Me Back to the Wild Seventies, April 24, 2009
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This was filmed at my high school, University High, in West Los Angeles in the summer of 1971. I was taking summer classes and remember the distraction of the film crews and actors on the campus, especially the hot-looking maids. The film begins with John Carson Geekily riding a motor scooter down San Vicente Blvd in Santa Monica, and around the streets near the bluffs in Pacific Palisades. Almost entirely filmed on the University campus, classrooms, hallways, bathrooms. I made some cash as an "extra", in the "Oceanfront High" Marching Band scene (football field) which was filmed at the Rancho-Cienega Sports Complex at 5001 Rodeo Rd. in Los Angeles. They changed the UH (Uni High)on the shoulder of the band uniforms to OH (Oceanfront High), and on the band hats for the movie. These were the actual school band uniforms, ugly orange and probably from the late fifties or early sixties. The band scene is probably less than 5 seconds. When school resumed in the Fall, most of the band members wore the "OH" on the uniforms as a souvenir. The movie is very 70's and you can feel it. Who knew Rock Hudson was more interested in Ponce de Leon than the Pretty Maids? Different. Worth a look.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars death throes of an industry, March 15, 2011
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This dvd-r uses fake letterboxing which obscures a good amount of the full-screen picture, including June Fairchild's full frontal sceneNOT THAT I NOTICED. The contempt of the US dvd industry for its own product(and consumers) is symptomatic of the greed that consumed it.
Let the dinosaur sink into the tar pit and get a copy from reputable bootleggers.
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