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The Shame of Patty Smith / You've Ruined Me Eddie (Something Weird)

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If you were a woman, you'd understand.... Poor pretty Patty. An "average American girl," she goes on a quiet date with her boyfriend and ends up getting raped by three psychotic thugs. Too embarrassed to report it to the police and advised by her boyfriend to "forget the whole thing," The Shame of Patty Smith intensifies when her doctor tells her she's pregnant! Not wanting to deliver a child conceived in violence, Patty seeks an abortion. Trouble is, the year is 1962 -- Roe v. Wade is still 11 years away # and finding a doctor that will perform the operation means going underground, starting with a greasy bartender who sets her up to be "butchered by an untrained charlatan...." With a good cast and the extra gloss from being shot at Republic Studios, here's an exploitation B that tries to go B+ by treading a fine line between social consciousness and teensploitation-style sensationalism! Plus: "You've Ruined Me Eddie!" is what rich teenage sex kitten Joan Denton tells lower-class lunkhead Eddie Mercer upon learning she's pregnant. But though nice-guy Eddie wants to get hitched and raise the kid, Joan doesn't want to get "fat and sick and ugly" and, instead, tells her Daddy to arrange for an abortion. Before long, Daddy is blackmailed, Eddie is beaten up by the local sheriff, and an out-of-her-mind Joan decides to murder Eddie in this wonderfully deranged Southern-fried rarity, aka Touch of Flesh! And remember: "Maybe the whole world's crazy... Crazy sick!"

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  • Actors: Merry Anders, J. Edward McKinley, Dani Lynn, Joe Conley, David McMahon
  • Directors: Leo A. Handel, R. John Hugh
  • Writers: Leo A. Handel, Nancy S. Camp
  • Producers: Leo A. Handel, R. John Hugh, Ib Melchior, Ingram P. Walters
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002A2VR8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,400 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Shame of Patty Smith / You've Ruined Me Eddie (Something Weird)" on IMDb

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Something Weird Video presents another satisfying (if a bit schizophrenic) DVD double-bill with the slightly controversial unifying theme of illegal abortion. The Shame of Patty Smith is a grimly serious, sincere, and quite well done plea for legalization (!!), whereas You've Ruined Me Eddie is a cheap, often silly exploiter pushing the father's-rights angle and portraying the pregnant teen who's pressuring her rich daddy to fund her abortion as a selfish, shallow bubblehead.

After locking bumpers with a carful of scummy hoods in a minor traffic accident, Patty Smith and her snooty boyfriend Alan are followed to the beach where she's gang-raped while he's forced to watch at knifepoint. The totally unsupportive jerk dumps her immediately ("Try to forget the whole thing. What happened, happened. I've got a hard day ahead of me."). As if that isn't enough, she soon finds out she's pregnant. Her spunky roommate Mary (Merry Anders in a fine performance) helps her seek an abortion from Dr. Miller who, while sympathetic to Patty's plight, declines because the operation is a felony carrying a two-to-five-year sentence, but offers to arrange an adoption for her. Another doctor tells her he'll do it for the then-astronomical sum of $600 (in 20-dollar bills). Next, Patty is fired from her job, and in desperation visits a Catholic priest to try to borrow the money for the operation. Of course, when he finds out what she wants it for he goes ballistic and throws her out. Worthless Alan reappears, `helpfully' providing the name of slimy bar owner Bruno VeSota, who knows a "doctor" that will perform the abortion for $200. When Patty tells Bruno she doesn't have that much money, he offers to pimp her out to make up the difference!
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every teenage girl should watch this before her first date
before going to makeout lane don't forget yor diaphram
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