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Downtown (1975)

Downtown - Die nackten Puppen der Unterwelt (original title)
Somewhere in sunny Puerto Rico: private detective Al Pereira has seen far better days in his professional life. He would need more jobs, because his cash is almost empty. One day he meets ... See full summary »


Jesús Franco (as Wolfgang Frank)




Credited cast:
Jesús Franco ... Al Pereira / private detective
Lina Romay ... Cynthia / Wife
Paul Muller ... Mendoza / Inspector
Martine Stedil ... Lola
Beni Cardoso ... Rita
Eric Falk ... Carlos Rivas
Raymond Hardy Raymond Hardy ... Pepe
Monica Swinn ... Olga Ramos / Wife
Ronald Weiss Ronald Weiss ... Criminal Assistant
Roman Huber
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martina Domingo Martina Domingo ... Stripper
Peggy Markoff Peggy Markoff ... Lady at the bar
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Somewhere in sunny Puerto Rico: private detective Al Pereira has seen far better days in his professional life. He would need more jobs, because his cash is almost empty. One day he meets the obscure, mysterious Cynthia, who promises a lucrative job. Pereira is supposed to oversee a notorious businessman and politician named Ramos, as Cynthia assumes that he is cheating on her, and Pereira is said to shoot proof-footage of strangers. An easy job, as Pereira seems, and he gets to work. But the lady who gave him the job seems to play a double game and pulls him into a murderous affair. In any case, Pereira one day finds Ramos dead and now has the police on his neck, which suspected him of killing the politician. Apparently, Pereira was the last person to have seen Ramos alive, because he snapped the foreigner in a unique position during the lovemaking and then sneaked out of his house. To prove his innocence, Pereira goes with the investigating Police Inspector to the widow of Ramos, to...

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I love this movie...
14 October 2005 | by apmolekylSee all my reviews

Everything about this noir-ish tale about a smalltime private dick (a tour-de-force performance by Franco himself) is wonderfully endearing. Hypnotic minutelong macro-close-ups of undulating vaginas, cheesy Lina Romay-cabaré-routines and a cool performance only Paul Müller is capable of (I love that guy). This movie has it all.

Franco's private eye is hired by Lina Romay's character to snare her husband with compromising photos of him canoodling with his mistress (The utterly gorgeous Martine Stedil). Needless to say, things go beump (no I didn't spell it wrong, I merely emulated inspector Closeau) in the night and Franco has to do some real detective work.

I love the way Franco played the lead in this one. He glides around town like a little micro mini-pimp womanizing and looking sleepy (and sleazy, mind you) as always. I also like the way he bumps into the camera shaking the frame when jumping over a hedge.

And finally, we get to see the most blatant case of the director Franco taking care of the actor Franco, when throwing himself head first into a threesome with Lina Romay and Martine Stedil, eagerly masturbating them both, for real, on camera. That's dedication to your art if I ever saw it.

And that's the reason I'm a Francophile-He always has something unique up his sleeve you least expected to see. And, let's face it, a fat man bobbing up and down between two vaginas, was truly unexpected. He shoots. He scores. Like always.


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23 July 1976 (West Germany) See more »

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