Theatrical poster of Vixen! (1968)
|Directed by||Russ Meyer|
|Produced by||Russ Meyer|
|Written by||Russ Meyer
Anthony James Ryan
|Editing by||Russ Meyer|
|Distributed by||Eve Productions|
|Release dates||October 22, 1968|
|Running time||70 minutes|
|Box office||$6 million|
Vixen! is a 1968 satiric softcore sexploitation film directed by American motion picture director Russ Meyer. It was the first film to be given an X rating for its sex scenes, and was a breakthrough success for Meyer. The film was developed from a script by Meyer and Anthony James Ryan, and starred Erica Gavin.
The film concerns the misadventures of the oversexed Vixen (Gavin), as she sexually manipulates everyone she meets. The story's taboo-violations mount quickly, including themes of incest and racism.
In the heart of the Canadian wilderness, sultry and sexually assertive Vixen quickly becomes bored when her husband Tom, wilderness guide/pilot (Garth Pillsbury) leaves for the mountains. The hyper sexual Vixen vents her frustration by attempting to seduce anyone within reach including a couple her husband bring home as clients (separately), a Mountie, and eventually her own brother (Jon Evans).
The film finally veers into political satire as Vixen's racism and the creeping threat of communism are discussed at length among the characters as the film draws to its end. At the end of the film her husband brings another couple home and Vixen smiles, apparently planning to seduce them.
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