Written by: Carroll Jenkins on November 6th, 2011
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1968 (Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers), USA, 2001 (Pandora Peaks)
Director: Russ Meyer (Both Films)
Writer: Russ Meyer, Richard Zachary (Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers), Russ Meyer (Pandora Peaks)
Cast: Anne Chapman, Paul Lockwood, Gordon Wescourt, Duncan McLeod, Robert Rudelson, Lavelle Roby, Jan Sinclair, Joey DuPrez (Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers), Pandora Peaks, Tundi, Leasha, Candy Samples, Russ Meyer, Uschi Digard(Pandora Peaks)
DVD released: October 31st, 2011
Approximate running time: 71 minutes (Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers), 71 minutes (Pandora Peaks)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame (Both Films)
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
DVD Release: Arrow Films
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL
Retail Price: £39.99 (Available as part of Arrow Films Russ Meyer Collection)
This is essentially a caper film about the burglary of a bar padded with sex scenes, including an erotic (?) chest hair shaving session (!). But that’s not the only padding on hand as Russ declines to actually display leading lady Anne Chapman’s most likely botched boobs. She’s certainly not attractive enough to cause all the males in the film to go ga-ga over her; perhaps if opening scene topless dancer Pam Collins had the lead this might have been a more memorable film. Certainly in her case the ogling from the customers [and Meyers' camera] is justified – she was a ripe 20 years old. She died tragically five years later, after appearing in Substitution and Sweet Sugar.
So the love triangle is a huge pill to swallow, and that pretty much leaves the heist footage to save the film. And surprisingly enough, it does. The supporting cast is all first rate, including Lavelle Roby (The Peace Killers) as a ruthless madam. Robert Rudelson ("The Monkees") plays one of the robbers as being rather psychotic. Of course, seeing that he actually wrote the screenplay for Vixen, it’s very likely that he was.
Pandora Peaks: Russ Meyer takes a vacation with his girlfriend and writes it off as a business expense.
Just another "Europe In The Raw" travelogue with lots of pictures of traffic signs. The opening montage includes images from Bill Ward cartoons. Ward created highly detailed pen and ink drawings of voluptuous women with incredible large breasts for the Humorama magazines (Popular Jokes, Joker, Fun House, etc.). Pandora Peaks has had boob enhancement to the point of insanity – just two beach balls suspended in front of her chest. We see a lot of her in and out of costume, and she delivers a monologue about her life. It all gets very dull very fast and seems like it will never stop.
Interspersed haphazardly throughout are snippets of footage with Tundi Horvath, a plumper model with huge natural boobs. And the last third features two more models with awful implants, Leasha and Candy Samples. Apparently Ushi Digard does the voice over for Tundi’s footage.
Note: This review is based on a test disc and may not be representative of the final product.
Both films are colorful and bright, though Finders Keepers is often shot in a noir style where colors are subdued and shadows are prominent. This does appear to be NTSC to Pal conversion. Sound is good, there are no subtitles.
Pandora Peaks is one of Meyer’s worst films. Finders Keepers suffers from miscasting of the female lead but still manages to present a gritty crime drama with enough violence and quirky touches to keep it interesting and amusing.