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The Swinging Cheerleaders

The Swinging Cheerleaders

Director: Jack Hill Cast: Jo Johnston, Cheryl Smith, Colleen Camp

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This effort from exploitation auteur Jack Hill was a profitable early entry in one of the most beloved subgenres of sexploitation cinema, the cheerleader movie. The soap opera-styled premise focuses on the lives of a squad of cheerleaders at Mesa University. Mary Ann (Colleen Camp) is worried with trying to get her roving football player boyfriend, Buck, to settle down and marry her; Lisa (Rosanne Katon) is caught up an in an affair with the married Professor Torpe (Jason Sommers); and Andrea (Rainbeaux Smith) frets over whether or not to give her virginity up. There is also a new cheerleader named Kate (Jo Johnston), who is actually a journalism student using the experience to write a feminist-slanted paper for her thesis. Kate soon learns that the cheerleaders and football players deserve more respect than she gives them and also uncovers a secret gambling ring involving the coach, Professor Torpe, and Mary Ann's father. The narrative that results from these surprisingly involved plot threads delivers all the raciness the title promises, and, thanks to the gambling subplot, even a bit of action. The Swinging Cheerleaders is less inspired and kinetic than Hill's other exploitation fare, but it delivers the sexploitation goods and manages to work in a little subversive social commentary to boot. As a result, it became a drive-in hit and earned a cult following amongst fans of drive-in movies. ~ Donald Guarisco

Product Details

Release Date: 07/05/2016
UPC: 0760137874195
Original Release: 1974
Rating: NR
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 5,175

Special Features

Audio commentary by writer-director Jack Hill, recorded exclusively for this release Brand new interview with Jack Hill Archive interview with cinematographer Alfred Taylor Archive interview with Hill and Johnny Legend Q&A with Hill, and actors Colleen Camp and Rosanne Katon recorded at the New Beverly Cinema in 2012 TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jo Johnston Kate
Cheryl Smith Andrea
Colleen Camp Mary Ann
Rosanne Katon Lisa
Ric Carrott Ross
Sandy Dempsey Actor
Hank Rolike Actor
Fred Scheiwiller Actor
Gary Schneider Actor
Jason Sommers Prof Torpe
Ian Sander Ron
Jack Denton Coach Turner
John Quade Belski
Bob Minor Ryan
Mae Mercer Jessica Thorpe
George Wallace Mr. Putnam
Candy All Actor

Technical Credits
Jack Hill Director
William Castleman Score Composer
Betty Conklin Screenwriter
Bill Loose Score Composer
B.B. Neel Production Designer
John Prizer Producer
Alfred Taylor Cinematographer
Mort Tubor Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Swinging Cheerleaders
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12

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