Here is a splendid little classic from 1979, produced by Harold Lime and directed by Robert McCallum. As is usual with "Golden Age" classics, the plot, acting, exterior shots and general production values are outstanding. This flick was shot on location in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and San Francisco. They donít make them like this anymore.
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Jamie Gillis plays a washed up B-movie star who is down on his luck. He has been reduced to escorting starlets to movie premieres, a service for which his agent pays him a few bucks plus expenses. He still makes the rounds of Hollywood parties, however, and at one such event, his host, J.C. Church, observes him seducing Desiree Cousteau. It is a hypnotic scene; Cousteau was a beautiful girl with wonderful, natural breasts. Georgina Spelvin secretly observes them, while being secretly observed herself by J.C.
Church telephones Gillis that night with an interesting proposition. J.C. is the brother of Edgar Church, a rich industrialist from whom J.C. stands to inherit money. Edgar Church also has a sister and four daughters, however, and their shares of the estate will substantially dilute J.C.'s expected take. J.C. has a plan. It seems that Edgar is a puritan and would be shocked if he knew how his sister and daughters really live. J.C. believes that if he can get film of the five ladies in compromising positions, Edgar will cut them out of the will, leaving everything for J.C. So J.C. offers Gillis $100,000 to do the job, and Gillis can't turn down this kind of money. Gillis immediately involves his two buddies, John Leslie and Paul Thomas, and they all set out to seduce the women and get them on film.
There's some amazingly good stuff here, stuff that has stood the test of time for 20 years. The Gillis/Cousteau scene is a scorcher, as is the scene between Gillis and Georgina Spelvin, who plays J.C. and Edgar's sister. Serena plays two of the sisters, twins. (Watch for some trick photography at the party, where two Serenas appear in the same shot.) If you don't remember Serena, and how hot she was, you're in for a delightful treat. Thereís a really interesting S/M scene with Serena and Gillis, that shows more rough play than you typically see in an explicit feature. (After the adult industry reached an understanding with prosecutors in the 1980s that there would be no S/M with explicit sex and penetration, most of the 1970s classics were bowdlerized for release on VHS.) Still, since there are no anals, you might classify this as a "couples" tape. It's certainly nothing that you'd be ashamed to show your girlfriend.
"The Ecstasy Girls" is a very memorable classic, one that hung around in adult video rental stores into the 1990s. Unfortunately, the movie itself is the only good thing about this DVD. There aren't any extras except for the chapter stops and a few still photos. This one cries out for a full-length commentary, but alas, no such luck. As with other Caballero discs, you canít back up through the chapter stops, a bizarre technical glitch. The pictures on the box have no relation whatsoever to the people in the movie. The video transfer is decent, and most of the video imperfections stem from the source material itself. Despite these problems, this is a must-have disc for collectors of the "Golden Age" classics.