Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Swap (1969)

aka Sam's Song

How bad is it? "Frankenfilm" that doesn't use its material well.
Should you see it? It's only for completists of Robert DeNiro or Sybil Danning.

"Robert DeNiro and Sybil Danning in a film together? Count me in!" you might be saying, but DeNiro's footage was shot a decade before Danning's. Jennifer Warren was the main female character in the original film, which was shelved, unfinished, purchased and then forced into new footage of a very different film, involving making porn films, murder, a love quadrangle (the "swap" of the title), blackmail, drugging, kidnapping and the death of almost every character. It's still not interesting. The way the film tries to fill holes in the structure makes it amusing - and quite confusing - by the end.

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