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3 September 1970 (Netherlands) See more »
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Strange British sex comedy that's really neither fish nor fowl See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)
Simon Brent ... Christian Dubarry
Andrée Flamand ... Michelle Howard
Lisa Collings ... Amanda Dubarry
Peter Hughes ... Maurice Howard

Mark Kingston ... Bernard Collins
Fiona Curzon ... Liz
Maxine Casson ... Debbie
Anna Matisse ... Sophie
Carl Ferber ... Jason

Nancy Nevinson ... Amanda's Mother
Gay Soper ... Blonde Girl in Red
Bill Futter ... Man in Dark Glasses
Howard Bell ... Bailiff
David Fennell ... Hotel Receptionist (as David Fenell)
Margo McLennan ... Mrs. Allan (as Margo Mayne)
Sue Leighton ... Pretty Waitress in Silver
John Cooper ... Hotel Barman
Chris Clark ... Architect
Anne Clune ... First Catty Woman (as Ann Clune)
Eunice Black ... Second Catty Woman

Directed by
Tom Clegg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Baker 
Bachoo Sen 

Produced by
Bachoo Sen .... producer
Original Music by
Wilfred Burns 
Cinematography by
Jack Atcheler 
Film Editing by
Glenn Hyde 
Casting by
Maggie Cartier 
Art Direction by
Hayden Pearce 
Makeup Department
Audrey Clegg .... makeup artist
Barbara Sutton .... hair stylist
Production Management
George Mills .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ken Softley .... assistant director
Art Department
Bob Freemantle .... set dresser
Robby Straithairn .... property master
Sound Department
Malcolm Bristow .... dubbing mixer (as Malcom Bristow)
Rowland Fowles .... boom operator
Bob Peck .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Coles .... camera operator
Stanley Folb .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hilda Geerdts .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Michael Lomas .... assistant editor
Music Department
Wilfred Burns .... conductor
Other crew
Dennis Durack .... production executive
Jeanne Ferber .... production secretary (as Jean Ferber)
Richard Schulman .... presenter
Lorna Selwyn .... continuity
Bachoo Sen .... presenter

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Also Known As:
"De boezemvriendin" - Netherlands (imdb display title)
"Du skall icke hava lust" - Sweden
"Erotikes paraisthiseis" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Ota minut rajusti" - Finland
"Plaisirs secrets d'un play-boy" - France (imdb display title)
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86 min
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Strange British sex comedy that's really neither fish nor fowl, 2 February 2010
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This is another film by the makers of "Loving Feeling", but with director Tom Clegg replacing Norman J. Warren (the latter of whom went on to make somewhat of a splash in the horror genre). It's not necessarily a bad film per se, but it is an unusual one. The Brits are mostly known for silly sex comedies focusing on the exploits of working-class stiffs (like the "Confessions of" series), but this tries to be more of a sophisticated continental bedroom farce, which was much more the forte of the French or the Italians. It's even set largely in Italy, but it still doesn't manage to overcome its inherent British-ness (and "sophisticated British comedy" is definitely a contradiction in terms). On the other hand, it's not nearly as funny as the more unabashedly British sex comedies, and the successful, beautiful people in this movie (kind of the English version of the "la dolce vita" set) don't make for nearly as sympathetic of protagonists as the oversexed working-class stiffs later played by people like Robin Askwith in the much more silly (and much more British) "Confessions of"-type sex comedies. Basically, the Brit filmmakers are simply out of their element here.

A London businessman ( Simon Brent also in "Loving Feeling") has a pretty girlfriend (Lisa Collings), who he freely cheats on, although he doesn't realize she is cheating on him as well. It all comes to a head when they go on vacation together to Italy. He is tempted both by a German prostitute (Anne Matisse) and by the French wife (Andree Flamand )of another elderly British tourist. Meanwhile, his girlfriend's lover from London (Mark Kingston) also shows up by coincidence and turns out to be an important potential business contact for the man, so he tries to use her to get to him, not realizing the pair are already involved. This is obviously the set-up for a typical continental sex comedy of the era. And while the guys are appropriately handsome and the girls are appropriately beautiful, in the end the film doesn't work as continental bedroom farce because it is simply too British (although I did find it a slight improvement over "Loving Feeling" at least).

On the other hand, it isn't really all that British either, so the movie really ends up being neither fish nor fowl. You're probably better off watching either an actual continental sex comedy or a silly British "Confessions of" movie rather than this one. But I supposed it is a kind of interesting failure.

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