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The Agony of Love/The Girl With the Hungry Eyes

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When Too Much is Not Enough! One minute she's a lady, the next a tramp! Because her rich husband has no time for her, housewife Barbara assumes the identity of "Brandy," a high-priced hooker, and tries to erase the Agony of Love by plunging into a whirlpool of sex and money. A sex schizo, Barbara craves "normal love" but instead makes it with a string of sordid scuzzballs, including a wacko with a truly twisted food fetish. But Barbara's bawdy bubble bursts when she attends an orgy and discovers a surprise guest.... Plus: Love-starved Kitty is The Girl with the Hungry Eyes -- which drives her lesbian lover Tigercat crazy. So crazy that when Kitty suggests "it's time for a change" and makes it with a man, Tigercat bashes the poor guy's head in. But after Tigercat gets violent at Kitty's girl-on-girl birthday bash, Kitty ends her "vacation from men" by heading straight for the arms of an old boyfriend, forcing "this Tigercat broad" to sharpen her claws and go in for the kill.... From the director of Mantis in Lace and producer Harry Novak (Please Don't Eat My Mother!), here are two jewels from the Golden Age of Skinflicks showcasing the voluptuous charms of dancer and exotic model Pat Barrington, among the most spectacular of the Sixties sexploitation starlets! So go ahead. "Hurt me! Dirty me! Just do it!"

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  • Actors: Pat Barrington, Helena Clayton, Jay Edwards, Parker Garvey, Ben Johns
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, 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
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002W4TJO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Agony of Love/The Girl With the Hungry Eyes" on IMDb

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By John Ashley Nail on December 29, 2004
The talents of Pat Barrington and the late actor/director William Rotsler are on display in this latest Something Weird double feature, with Barrington making the greater impression. She's perfectly cast in "The Agony of Love" (1966) about a lonely housewife who takes to hooking while her neglectful husband is away at work--sort of a low-rent "Belle du Jour." Barrington looks appropriately classy when she needs to, and when her clothes come off she looks sensational. She's definitely got presence. Barrington even does a halfway decent job of projecting her character's inner turmoil, which is a bit more acting skill than I would've expected from her. (OK, I wasn't expecting any acting skill at all.) Too bad the post-dubbed dialog makes everyone sound like they're in cheap cartoon. "The Agony of Love" is also director Rotsler's best movie, or at least the best one I've seen so far. Unlike many of his other films ("Mantis in Lace," or this disk's second feature) this one seems less padded. His script allows for some character development (not that they're incredibly deep characters, but still...), and the continuity errors that pepper his other movies are minimal. He appears in the movie as well (billed as Shannon Carse), as Barrington's "beatnik" lover who slaps her around.

Rotsler's writing and directing skills take a nosedive on the second feature on this disk, 1967's "The Girl with the Hungry Eyes." Reportedly this was Rotsler's attempt to cash in on the success of Russ Meyer's "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" While "Hungry Eyes" features vicious lesbians, large breasts and fast cars, Rotsler forgot the other elements that made "Faster Pussycat" so much fun, namely the un-flagging action and the total outrageousness.
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Buxom Pat Barrington looks amazingly like Elizabeth Montgomery, when she's playing "Serena," Samantha's mischevious, dark-haired cousin on "Bewitched." But "The Agony of Love" is no sitcom. Pre-dating Luis Bunuel's "Belle Du Jour" by a couple of years, "Agony" centers around Barrington, a housewife who never got enough attention from her father, and whose husband is too busy at the office. Desperate for affection, she starts turning tricks to make herself feel wanted. This is a gritty, tension-rich film which is both a straight-up good film (for Barrington's acting) and pure exploitation B-movie (for the prolonged nudie shots and sex scenes, and for some of the really bad acting, mostly by Pat's husband and shrink). "The Girl With the Hungry Eyes" is definitely a Russ Meyer rip-off, obviously stealing from Meyer's "Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!" with the man-hating, hot rod-driving Tigercat character. But if you can forgive the film for being such an obvious copy, it's quite enjoyable. Vicky Dee, who appeared in Meyer's "Common Law Cabin," works quite well as the innocent girlchild who can't decide between Tigercat and all the men who want to be with her. Pat Barrington appears in the middle of the film and almost steals the whole show, with her gyrating belly-dance/striptease she perfroms at a lesbian party. But it is Cathy Crowfoot, as Tigercat, who really makes this film go. These are two of the best Something Weird films I've seen as yet, and I've watched a ton of them lately. Pat Barrington doing a wild dance for her boyfriend while they both trip on LSD is just one of the treats included in the bonus features.
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the "agony of love" showcases pat barringtonn to great effect. who knew they did such great implants in the 60's. she is to die for as she runs around with her rock hard breasts and flat stomach in nothing but panties; and as an added bonus for you foot fetish types, she has her long tapered toes licked and fondled a lot in this movie. that alone is worth a look.

and she is the only thing worth watching "the girl with the hungrty eyes" for. as she preforms a 20 minute strip tease and dance.
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This review is for "The Agony of Love" only:

Made in the time when the drive-ins ruled entertainment, during the golden age of sexploitation smut, "The Agony of Love" is a real standout among many of its competitors of the era, not the least of which is due to that luscious 60's silicone siren, Pat Barrington.

The basics of the plot are pretty much typical of what you can expect to get from a film of this kind and from this period. But while lacking in anything resembling originality, it still manages to give you the goods. Pat Barrington plays a neglected housewife, who hooks on the side, not for the money or the thrills, but to feel loved and desired. While the subject matter might have been consider almost taboo in the 60's, by today's standards it's not really all that shocking. Still, this is certainly no film meant for children.

Pat's obvious physical "talents" are one of the things that separates her from many women in this genre. More than ample, she has probably some of the the nicest body curves of the times. Unlike her physical form, though, her acting abilities are negligible, at best, since her emoting and delivery of dialog is very flat. Yet, in this film, which is one of the few times she ever got a starring role, that seems to work to her (and the film's) benefit. Her monotoned vocal range, when she speaks, as well as the vacant look behind her eyes, is very befitting to the "damaged goods" kind of character she is playing here. Whether more by accident than design, or the director simply playing to her weaknesses and making them a strength, this is most likely the best performance of her career, bar none.
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