The Stud (1978)
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as Fontaine Khaled
as Tony Blake
as Alexandra Khaled
as Ben Khaled
as Ian Thane
as Lord Newton
as Anne Khaled
as Lawyer Scott
as Meter Maid
as Tony's mother
as 2nd thane thug
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Critic Reviews for The Stud
Too mild to qualify as soft-core pornography, the film suffers from an implausible story line that makes it of little interest to audiences generally.
Terrible acting, dire script and very unsexy, The Stud is one more reason to be thankful the 1970s are over.
Audience Reviews for The Stud
This is kind of a depressing film. I saw it during an all-night grindhouse event, and even the thrill of seeing a pink-tinged crummy print of this borderline porn film didn't bolster it any.
You know, I actually quite liked Tony the Gigolo, though that might have just been the result of a process of elimination. He's not the nicest guy in the world, but he seems to be drowning in a cesshole of selfish, rich, spoiled evil sluts who seem to have been pulled straight from the Laclos novel. Joan Collins plays a horrible and entitled rich skank who, though married, seeks sex anywhere else and takes great pleasure in being smarmy and insincere. I think the biggest problem with this film is that it centers on Tony, who, though he is a likeable character, doesn't come out on top in the end. This film is a picture of his slow downfall and his loss of everything important to him, which would be delicious is he were a disgusting slimeball, but he's not. This movie's main character is really its villain: Joan Collins' character, Fontaine. In which case, the story should revolve around her as well, and the audience should be allowed to see past her veneer of flippant and catty wit and see the deep and pathetic insecurity that it obviously conceals. Maybe that happens in its sequel, but I don't even want to see it.
This movie could have been salvaged if it had been a hardcore porn picture. At least pure carnal pleasure is some sort of pleasure to be gotten from that, but instead we are left with faux sensuousness between reprehensible characters. It's all very depressing, actually. It's so strange to watch a movie and be consumed by all the ways it could have been better, but wasn't. I'd like to personally overhaul this picture in several different directions.
The Stud based on sister Jackie Colins' novel is the story of the manager named Tony who runs one of the hottest clubs in London called Hobo. Tony is the perpetual ladies man, even doing it with the club's owner(Joan Collins, Jackie's sister.)Who is married to a very boring millionaire. He meets his match with the millionaire's daughter Alexandra. It ends badly for him, because he believes he's using women but in reality they are using him. When this film first arrive it was deemed racy and the dialogue was extreme. Now, by today's standards it's pretty tame. The disco soundtrack is great to hear even though the film shows too many scenes of club patrons dancing. This movie is not art but it's never dull. Joan stated in her autobiography that she needed something to resurrect her career something so wild that it was go for broke. This movie did just that along with it's sequel got her noticed again(a few years before her Dynasty truimph.)It's also a time capsule of London in the swinging 70's.
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