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The Roommates (1973)

Heather, Beth, Carla, Brea, and Heather's cousin Paula are five lovely young ladies who decide to spend their summer vacation at Lake Arrowhead. While at Lake Arrowhead the women hit the ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Marks

Writers:

John Durren, Arthur Marks (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marki Bey ... Carla
Pat Woodell ... Heather
Roberta Collins ... Beth
Laurie Rose ... Brea
David Moses David Moses ... Mike
Ken Scott ... Marty
Kipp Whitman Kipp Whitman ... Don
Christina Hart ... Paula
Gary Mascaro Gary Mascaro ... Arnie (as Gary Warren Mascaro)
David Ankrum ... Andy
Albert Cole ... Joe (as Al Cole)
John Durren ... Socks
John Morgan Evans John Morgan Evans ... Warren
Dexter Freeman Dexter Freeman ... Larry
Barbra Fuller ... Sylvia (as Barbara Fuller)
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Heather, Beth, Carla, Brea, and Heather's cousin Paula are five lovely young ladies who decide to spend their summer vacation at Lake Arrowhead. While at Lake Arrowhead the women hit the party circuit and get involved with various men in the area. However, things go awry when the gals find themselves the targets of a mysterious murderer. Written by Woodyanders

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They shared more than their rooms! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Roommates See more »

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A.G.&S. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Heather: What kind of a jail sentence do you think you can get for contributing to the delinquency of a minor?
Beth: Well all I can tell you is I think your cousin is gonna go home a little older and a little wiser.
Heather: Just as long as she doesn't go home a little pregnant.
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Worth the wait
8 April 2015 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This movie has been unavailable in any form for many years. Short of driving down to the original Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas when they did the occasional repertory showing, there has simply been no way for most people to see it. Now that has changed with a long-awaited DVD release. And it was actually worth the wait. It isn't that this is a brilliantly conceived movie by master filmmakers, or conversely, that it's one of those largely mythical "so-bad-it's-good" films, but it's one where all the elements just happily gel together in a near-perfect exploitation romp.

The format of the story involves four sex college-age girls, who are not all technically "roommates", but are spending summer vacation together in two lakeside houses. The girls each have individual adventures. The black girl (Marki Bey) works at a library and is torn between two lovers, a jealous white stud and a heroic black sheriff's deputy. The blonde girl (Roberta Collins) has a fling with a recent divorced older man. The brunette (Pat Woodell) is supposed to be "babysitting" her younger cousin (Christina Hart), but they BOTH get involved with a middle-aged womanizer and his troubled teenage son. The last and sexiest girl (Laurie Rose) becomes a nurse at a boy's camp where she helps out a bullied male virgin (although not so much with the bullying part). These separate stories follow the formula established by Roger Corman/New Line in the early 70's with his "Nurse" movies, but this film does not have the ham-handed attempts at humor or the dated and often annoying faux-feminist politics of the Corman-produced films. Instead it has a giallo-esque killer wandering around picking off the secondary female characters--which is actually a lot more fun.

The movie actually spends more time creating various red herrings than it does on the murders (they should have called the lake Lake Red Herring), and the identity of the murderer ends up being rather perfunctory and obvious. But the mystery-killer plot does avoid some of the borderline misogyny that mars some of the other films produced by Arthur Marks in that era like "Centerfold Girls" and "Bonnie's Kids". This falls between the pseudo-feminist preaching and the sleazy misogyny of the low-budget 70's era into a happy medium of truly enjoyable exploitation.

The five girls, of course, really make the movie. Marki Bey is the best actress. Roberta Collins would have the most substantial exploitation career (although she is somewhat wasted here). TV actress Pat Woodell is serviceable. The best two though are Laurie Rose and Christina Hart. Rose is probably the closest to being a purely softcore sexploitation actress, so not surprisingly she has the most nude scenes, but her acting is actually quite good here. Christina Hart plays a character that alternates between a naive innocent and a malicious young tease (similar to Robin Mattson in "Bonnie's Kids"). She is incredibly sexy even with her clothes on. I'd highly recommend this one.


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