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Smalltime coke dealer Tony owes some mobsters a substantial amount of money, so he convinces his beautiful girlfriend Joanna to do a little work as a nude model in order to make the necessary cash to pay off his debts. Unbeknownst to Tony, Joanna has decided to become a prostitute instead. Complications ensue after Joanna discovers that she likes and enjoys her new line of work.

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    • Author: Zolorn
    Not too many fans of 70s adult films are fans of Kemal Horulu. True, his films tend not to pack the punch of those made the best directors of the period at issue, however, he made one adult film that is so well made that it can be seen as a paradigm for an engaging and stimulating adult film. LUSTFUL FEELINGS (aka FEELINGS) from 1977, features a compelling story, competent and stylish direction, an attractive, experienced cast, and a groovy soundtrack. It works on a dramatic level as well as being pretty erotic, and just a bit kinky... Unfortunately the widely available version cuts out most of the kink of course, as well as all allusions to cocaine which is a huge part of the story, rendering it more or less a series of sex scenes and bracketed by drama.

    Tony (Jamie Gillis) is a cocaine dealer, but owes Mr. Canucci (Ras Kean) a bit of money, which he isn't paying back fast enough. So Canucci suggests that Tony have his girlfriend Joanna (Leslie Bovee), do some modeling for a girlfriend of his named Claudette (Eva Henderson). Claudette tells Joanna that the real money is in fulfilling men's fantasies. Joanna agrees to join her in servicing her next client (R. Bolla). Tony also has a sexual relationship with his next door neighbor, played by Zebedy Colt favorite, Nancy Dare. Their sex scenes have a nice musical accompaniment and are enjoyable. Jamie doesn't pull out at the climax, which goes against convention and is refreshing.

    Tony meets two of Canucci's button men in central park, and the dudes tell him that if he doesn't pay up soon something's gonna happen to him. He delivers some blow to a couple of his customers (Terri Hall and Helen Madigan) and while he gets to see a free live show, they only give him some of the money, still owing him like $1500. The line "I got the coke, you got the money?" is manipulated in the cut version. In the uncut version additional footage shows Tony cutting up the coke at home.

    Joanna starts to enjoy her work and her encounters become more frequent and kinky. A stylish S&M scene features her being dominated by a masked Herschel Savage who is credited as 'Harvey'. Bobby Astyr is involved in the end. Eventually things get out of control, and both Tony and Joanna are in for some big trouble. I wont spoil the ending...

    The dialog is great throughout: "How do you think I feel having my old lady be a jerk-off fantasy for a bunch of perverts?!!!" Way better than both VIRGIN AND THE LOVER and WOMEN IN LOVE, two films often regarded as Horulu's best.
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    • Author: Anarawield
    I remember seeing this film in a theatre when young, and recently re-viewed it on DVD. It must be one of the best of that era's x-rated output:good photography and music (including a canned, and appropriate, version of Dylan's "Lay, Lady Lay"), effective script and performances, and some well-shot sex scenes including a particularly good one when Bovee and her mentor, Claudette, do a twosome for a curious but yellow type (Richard Bolla)who also likes being smacked.There are some good shots of New York in the 70s (which must have been filmed on the sly)and a fairly realistic ending, with death all around for escort Bovee and drug-dealer Jamie Gillis.
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    • Author: Globus
    Smalltime coke dealer Tony (well played with sleazy conviction by Jamie Gillis) owes some mobsters a substantial amount of money, so he coerces his beautiful girlfriend Joanna (a solid and sympathetic portrayal by stunningly gorgeous brunette knockout Leslie Bovee) to work as a nude model in order to make the necessary money to pay off his debt. Unbeknownst to Tony, Joanna has decided to become a prostitute instead. Complications ensue after Joanna discovers that she likes and enjoys her new line of work. Director Kemal Horulu vividly captures a decadent and hedonistic vibe that's both seductive and dangerous in equal measure, makes nice use of posh New York City locations, and does a sturdy job with a mercurial tone which starts out as fairly light and breezy before getting more dark and upsetting as the sordidly engrossing story unfolds towards a surprise double whammy bummer ending that packs a brutally devastating punch. Moreover, the sex scenes are extremely hot, varied, and explicit without ever seeming too raunchy or vulgar. The excellent cast of familiar East Coast hardcore movie regulars helps a whole lot: Terri Hall as a ditsy coke buyer, Helen Madigan as Hall's sensuous girlfriend, Ras Kean as the menacing Paul, Eva Henderson as classy and lusty bisexual Claudette, Bobby Astyr as a happy-go-lucky john, Nancy Dare as amorous neighbor Sharon, Robert Kerman as a creepy slimeball voyeur, and Herschel Savage as a kinky masked S&M enthusiast. Joseph Mangine's sumptuous cinematography provides a pleasing glossy look. The neatly eclectic score encompasses everything from groovy instrumental versions of popular hit songs to get-down funky throbbing disco. Recommended viewing for fans of Golden Age adult cinema.
  • Complete credited cast:
    Lesllie Bovee Lesllie Bovee - Joanna (as Lesllie Bovel)
    Jamie Gillis Jamie Gillis - Tony
    Terri Hall Terri Hall - Coke Buyer
    Ras Kean Ras Kean - Paul
    Eva Henderson Eva Henderson - Claudette
    Bobby Astyr Bobby Astyr - Guy with Andy and Turner (as Babby Astyr)
    Nancy Dare Nancy Dare - Sharon
    Helen Madigan Helen Madigan - Coke Buyer's Girlfriend
    Robert Kerman Robert Kerman - Voyeur (as Richard Bolla)
    Edward B. Davis Edward B. Davis - First Black Man
    Jimmy Ray Jimmy Ray - Second Black Man
    Thomas Thomas - Body Guard
    Lee Dupree Lee Dupree - Carnocci's Man
    Rober Fox Rober Fox - Carnocci's Man
    Herschel Savage Herschel Savage - Customer (as Harvey)
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