Very entertaining with talented cast.
Trevor William Douglas | Gorokan, NSW Australia | 10/29/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The first of Roger Corman's 'Nurse' films. The print is crystal clear and the sound excellent. The film stars the talented Elaine Giftos as Nurse Sharon Armitage, Karen Carlson as Phred Stella, Brioni Farrell as Lynn Verdugo and Barbara Leigh as Priscilla Kovac. The four likeable leads are supported well by Darrell Larson, Reni Santoni, Richard Rust and Lawrence Casey.
Listen carefully to the voice of the psychiatrist Ronald Gans, whose voice has been heard on many trailers over the years.
The music is good and the locations well chosen. Highly recommended."
Worth A Look
King Bee | 06/26/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw this movie in 1970, the year it was released. Recently, I saw it again on DVD, and unless my memory is slipping, I think there might have been something left out. It involves the scene on the beach, where the young nurse, played by Barbara Leigh, is tripping on acid. When I saw the movie the first time, I remember she showed pubic hair. I could be wrong because it has been thirty six years, but I don't think I am mistaken. It was one of the highlights of the film. How could I forget that? On the DVD, no pubic hair is shown. Why it would be edited out of an obvious T&A flick is beyond me. Luckily, another scene is left intact. It is a bedroom scene. The nurse, played by Karen Carlson, gets out of bed and walks to the other side of the room. We gat a nice, big view of her bare behind. You can also see a side view of her left breast and also a touch of pubic hair. There are a few more bare breast scenes throughout the film. As for the plot, or plots, the movie is fairly interesting. The acting though, if you want to call it that, is so unbelievably bad, it is almost laughable. Nevertheless, it is a fairly entertaing piece of campiness. If you are looking for a little bit of late 60's, early 70's nostalgia, sprinkled with some nice T&A, this film is worth a look."
Not your average sexy nurse movie!
J. Barbee | Los Angeles, CA United States | 08/11/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It is almost hard to even equate this film, the first of a series of "Nurse" films produced by Roger Corman in the early to mid-70s, with those that followed. Each film has some appeal to it, but the following films in every case fail to live up to the surprisingly high standard set by this first underrated classic of 70s cinema. Although the film contains all the sex and nudity one would come to expect (and look forward to) in any Corman production, director Stephanie Rothman (never heard of her? believe it or not, she is one of the most prolific female directors in the history of American Cinema despite having only around a dozen films to her credit)handles sex maturely, and in a show-me-yours-I'll-show-you-mine style that never fails to make equal eye candy of the attractive male cast members.
Like many filmmakers that started out in the boot camp of New World pictures and/or AIP (Scorsese, Demme, Howard, Coppolla - bet you've heard of THEM!), Rothman strives to meet her nudity and violence quota amidst a framework sporting pertinent social issues such as racial tension, drugs, abortion, and women in the workforce, and succeeds mightily. The film is serious, but never fails to entertain. The cast is undeniably attractive, and likeable. And the visions of LA circa 1970 are worth the price of admission in and of themselves.
My friend described the film as "a kind of Medium Cool with women," and I'd say that may not be too far off the mark. It is a real shame that Rothman wasn't able to expand into more mainstream features. She had a great eye, and a great knack for expressing humanity on the screen."