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This review is from: Gums (DVD)
Gums(1976) was a well-made pornographic spoof of Jaws(1975). It was directed by Robert J. Kaplan and it had a budget of $1 million. It stars the late Brother Theodore(The 'Burbs) and the late Terri Hall. It also has a good music score by Brad Fiedel(The Terminator, True Lies). This DVD preserves the "soft core version" of Gums. All hard core scenes are censored by sight gags! Terri Hall played a mermaid who "preys" on people near the beaches! This film has some funny scenes. A dog in a house tells a guy to "get lost" in fluent English.
"This is 232! Take a hike! I am busy!"
A boat runs into the "chicken of the sea". It's just a sight gag with rubber chickens floating in the ocean! The mayor in the film wears a giant 1970's-ish tie. Brother Theodore hams it up as an ex-Nazi who is hired to hunt the mermaid. Brother Theodore played one of the Klopek's in the Tom Hanks film 'The Burbs(1989). Terri Hall does look sexy as a mermaid who seduces men. Gums was intentionally made as a campy spoof and it had no pretentions about being a serious film. Gums was made during the short-lived 1970's Porno Chic era. Deep Throat(1972) and Behind the Green Door(1973) were released around the same time.
Even this "soft core" version of Gums is very raunchy. This film is recommended only for adults. Gums is a "forgotten gem" from the 1970's.
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Initial post: Nov 6, 2012 7:45:16 AM PST
Thanks, Jorge. A good review, and most important to know that this is a softcore, cut-down version of the movie. :)
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