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Score (1972)

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Cult Movies movie directed by Radley Metzger

Radley Metzger's erotic Mediterranean romp, adapted from an off-Broadway play, is a five-character drama of mind games and sex games. A swinging married couple with an ongoing rivalry sets their sights on a naive young couple who have moved into their … see full wiki

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Director: Radley Metzger
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Sexually Liberated in 1974

  • Aug 12, 2010

Sexually Liberated in 1974

Amos Lassen

Looking at "Score" in 2010 makes me realize that it is more or less a period piece now, filmed as it was in that post-sexual liberation/pre-AIDS window when it seemed that sexual, political and aesthetic freedom were essentially linked. The film calls for sexual liberation and it a fun look at sex and dialog of the stoned `70's.
In the UNCUT version of "Score" Gerald Grant and Cal Culver ( Casey Donovan of gay porn fame) engage in explicit, X-rated sexual activity. Now "Score" has been re-released uncensored and this is the only way to truthfully judge the film.

The bi-sexual theme may not sit well with a lot of folks and perhaps that is what makes the film so special and is is part of the enduring charm. People have trouble with non-traditional sex (particularly for men). It's sad that given as much progress as we've made culturally and scientifically, there are religion-bound folks out there still not willing to admit that *honest* human sexuality should never be polarized (as hetero- or homo) without *some* shades-of-gray. The real strengths of "Score" are that it boldly and unabashedly plunges into territory that has been verboten for years. "Score" sits between the world of porn on the one side and serious entertainment on the other.

Director Radley Metzger upped the sexual ante with "SCORE" which is a bisexual romp which crosses the boundary into hardcore territory. The film pits a couple of worldly, uninhibited predators against naive, conservative-minded 'virgins' during a weekend get-together at Wilbur and Grant's luxury Riviera villa. Having plied the hapless duo with drink and soft drugs ("I'm not a very good junkie!" Lowry complains) and dressed them in costumes which tally with their sexual fantasies (cowboy, nun, sailor, etc.), Wilbur and Lowry pair off for a lesbian encounter, while Grant and Culver descend into the basement bedroom for a full-blown gay seduction.

Artfully photographed by Metzger himself and veteran cinematographer Franjo Vodopivec on location in Yugoslavia, has clever dialogue which removes outmoded notions of sexual parameters from the start. The plot is wafer-thin, and the acting is merely OK (the women fare best in this regard), but Jerry Douglas' script - played out for the most part in a single interior allows Metzger to build to the climactic double seduction.

'Calvin Culver' is actually gay porn performer Casey Donovan who starred in several gay porn titles. Co-star Grant only appeared in two other films. Both men have since died. Of the women, Claire Wilbur appeared in the original stage version of the film but only has one movie to her credit, while Lynn Lowry has since appeared in mainstream movies.
This movie was WAY ahead of its time with some great erotic scenes, plenty of nudity and drug references. The lead actress (Claire Wilbur) is marvelous in her role as Elvira, the swinging married seductress. Lynn Lowry is quite convincing in her role as an innocent newlywed catholic school girl turned wild sexpot! All in all, this movie is great fun to watch. It is an extremely enjoyable and often shocking piece of erotic cinema.

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