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Flying Acquaintances 
Written by: on June 27th, 2015

Theatrical Release Dates:
USA, 1973
Director: Robert Steiner
Writer: Robert Steiner
Cast: Jamie Gillis, Helen McLean, Nicole Vadim, Darby Lloyd Raines

DVD Release Date: June 16th, 2015
Approximate Running Times: 74 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: XXX
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $17.98

Flying Acquaintances starts off promisingly enough with some excellent, vintage footage of Times Square and 42nd St. in New York City, before quickly devolving into a shoddily produced sexploitation picture which contains little to no redeeming value for even the most forgiving of exploitation fans.

The film’s plot-lines are all over the place, but generally follow the sexual exploitations of Jamie GIllis’ character, who is a bank teller with marital problems who moonlights on the side as a cab driver with a knack for trading rides for sexual favors. The dialogue is painfully dubbed over for the most part, which can be so distracting when it’s made clear that the actors on screen are as clueless as the director when it comes to what they should be doing on screen.

Other vignettes and ancillary characters do make their way here and there in between Gillis and his wife taking their respective lovers, but it’s all padding to hide what is obviously a rush exploitation job trying desperately to tie in Darby Lloyd Raines’ stewardess character into the film’s overall ambition to be a more extreme version of The Stewardesses, only with the airline footage shoehorned in from a public domain source.

Gillis does have his natural charm going for him here, as does Raines, but these are the only two actors with any sort of screen presence beyond the physical. Elsewhere, Gillis’ on screen wife is pretty enough, but sadly too ineffectual to bring any sort of excitement-sexual or otherwise-into this sloppy and bizarre softcore oddity.

The DVD:

Vinegar Syndrome presents Flying Acquaintances-the title card just lists “Acquaintances”– in its original anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio, scanned in 2k directly from the camera negative. Picture quality looks decent, considering the rarity of this film, although some fuzziness and damage does hit now and again. The dubbed audio is glaringly obvious, and distracts greatly from the film, but is otherwise audible and decently mixed. Extras include some outtake footage, stills and the original theatrical trailer, resulting in a solid DVD presentation from Vinegar Syndrome.

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