Malibu Express

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Malibu Express
Malibu Express FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Andy Sidaris
Produced by Andy Sidaris
Written by Andy Sidaris
Starring Darby Hinton
Sybil Danning
Lynda Wiesmeier
Lori Sutton
Art Metrano
Music by Henry Strzelecki
Cinematography Howard Wexler
Edited by Craig Stewart
Howard Wexler
Production
company
Malibu Bay Films
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release dates
March 1985
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Malibu Express is a 1985 action/adventure film starring Darby Hinton, Sybil Danning, Lori Sutton and Art Metrano. It was directed, written, and produced by Andy Sidaris. The film features 1980s Playboy Playmates Kimberly McArthur, Barbara Edwards, Lorraine Michaels, and Lynda Wiesmeier in its cast as well. In it, Danning "cinched her image as B-budget bad girl".[1] Regis and Joy Philbin cameo as talk show hosts.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

Espionage threatens the security of American Computer Technology and a skirt-chasing private investigator is coerced by the Feds to root out the spies among the rich, over-sexed socialites unknowingly supporting them.

Plot summary[edit]

A wealthy playboy/private-investigator named Cody Abilene is hired by a Government Intelligence Operative to investigate a lead into who is selling computer technology to the Russians. While investigating rich socialites, amorous naked vixens, an ex-con with a penchant for blackmail, and keeping it all from his sexy lady cop friend Beverly Mcafee, Cody puts himself in the crosshairs of the traitorous tech-spies who will gladly kill to stay in business. The scope of the conspiracy is revealed after Cody and Beverly make love at a suspect's beachhouse, only to find a pair of hitmen gunning for them as they get dressed. Gunplay, car chases and races ensue.

Reception[edit]

Malibu Express is described as a "routine erotic spy tale" by Eleanor Mannikka of All Movie Guide.[3] The Video Movie Guide 2001 rated the movie with a single "turkey", amazed that the movie got an "R" rating, "since it's clearly soft porn."[4] TV Guide gave the film two stars.[5] Barbara Edwards' appearance in the hero's shower is cited as "one of the hottest topless lesbian shower scenes in the long and hot tradition of lesbian shower scenes."[6]

Filming locations[edit]

Releases[edit]

The film was first released in March 1985, then on DVD in 2002. It then appeared in two DVD collections, Andy Sidaris Collection, Vol. 1 (of 6 discs) in 2003, and Triple B Collection, Vol. 1 in 2005.[8]

Connections to other films[edit]

The material from the film was reworked from a previous Sidaris' film, Stacey (1973). The role of Stacey Hanson (Anne Randall) was divided into two new characters: private detective protagonist Cody Abilene (Darby Hinton) and his girlfriend June Khnockers (Lynda Wiesmeier). [9]

The openings of both films depict their respective female race car drivers in the finish of a practice race. Both films then have them getting out of uniform. But Stacey is the protagonist while June serves mostly as the source of a recurring joke in her film: "Knockers with an "h"?". June can still reliably drive a high-performance race car. But it is Cody who performs most of Stacey's functions in the film. [9]

The discreet homosexual nephew John (John Alderman) turns into Stuart (Michael A. Anderson), a drag queen in the second film. In both films the detective follows the character into a gay bar. The difference is that in the first film John wears regular clothes, while in the second Stuart is in full drag. Cody laughs while dictating notes in a recorder, but still admits that Stuart has great legs. Stuart is more of a cartoonish gay stereotype than John. [9]

The youthful niece Pamela (Cristina Raines) turns into the bit older niece Liza (Lorraine Michaels) in the second film. Liza has her own sex scene with the houseboy Shane (Brett Clark). The difference in age was probably decided to allow this sex scene and more nudity than would be acceptable from a teenager. [9]

The second film adds a character with no counterpart in the original: Contessa Luciana (Sybil Danning). Contessa has a romantic night with Cody, before he moves into his next assignment. The relationship to the family is unspecified, but she turns out to have murdered Shane. She is beyond the reach of the law and suffers no ill consequences for her murder. [9]

The Triple B Series by Andy Sidaris[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brode, Douglas (2003). Boys and toys: ultimate action-adventure movies, Volume 2002. Citadel. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-8065-2381-1. 
  2. ^ Tracy, Kathleen (2001). Regis Philbin - The Unauthorized Biography. ECW Press. p. 69. ISBN 978-1-55022-439-9. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Malibu Express". allmovie.com. All Movie Guide. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Martin, Mick; Porter, Marsha (2000). Video Movie Guide 2001. Ballantine Books. p. 677. ISBN 978-0-345-42095-4. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  5. ^ TV Guide v. 40, pg. 522. Triangle Publications (1992). 1992. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Mr. Skin (2004). Mr. Skin's Skincyclopedia: The A-to-Z Guide to Finding Your Favorite Actresses Naked. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 163. ISBN 978-0-312-33144-3. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Dollar, Rob (July 7, 1984). "Former resident immortalizes Cerulean Springs in new film". Kentucky New Era. p. 1A.  Article written during production, quoting co-producer Bill Pryor.
  8. ^ "Malibu Express DVD releases". allmovie.com. All Movie Guide. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Coffman (2012), p. 23-26

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