The Stepmother 1972
R | 1h 34min | Drama | 22 March 1972 (USA)
Returning home late one night from a business trip to Mexico, architect Frank Delgado finds the car of wealthy client Alan Richmond in his driveway. Suspecting that his wife Margo and Richmond are having an affair, Frank attacks Richmond when he steps outside and strangles him to death. Although stunned by his action, Frank drives Richmond’s body to the beach and, using a spade he brought from his home, buries the body in the sand. As he finishes the burial, Frank overhears a nearby, young, Latin couple’s argument escalate into a fight, but drives away without being seen. The next morning as the police receive a report of the discovery of two bodies at the beach, Frank and Margo are awakened by the arrival of Frank’s business partner Dick Hill, his wife Sonya and their friends, pornographic film director Goof and his wife Rita. Although reluctant, the tense Frank agrees to accompany the others to the beach house belonging to Richmond, for whom he and Dick are building another property.
Awesome. I did a double take when I first saw him in this quirky little independent ditty from the early 70s. Just out of curiosity I looked at when he started work on MASH, and it was the same year. That explains his appearance, as I don’t believe he would do this after international stardom, but I don’t know if all the research in the world wide web could fully explain the movie.
It’s really a movie in two parts: the first half(ish) is story of a husband with a temper and jealous streak and throughout the second half the title of the movie is explored a little more and fleshed out (pun intended). Typical incoherent, excuse for a young filmmaker to get his name out by throwing in gratuitous walking-out-of-bed or to-and-from- the-bathroom-shot drive-in cinema with a director that never graduated from the genre in his short (directorial) career. There are moments of interesting story or character development, and the title song was amazingly nominated for an Oscar, but overall this is only worth watching for someone with an interest in films from the 1970s.
Director: Howard Avedis (as Hikmet L. Avedis)
Writer: Howard Avedis (as Hikmet L. Avedis)
Stars: Alejandro Rey, John Anderson, Katherine Justice
Release Date: 22 March 1972 (USA)
Also Known As: Impulsion
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 2
File size : 1.32 GiB
Duration : 1 h 34 min
Overall bit rate : 1 998 kb/s