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Insiders, The
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by Chris Parry

"More fun than a barrel of handguns."
3 stars

If there was ever a flick that summed up the ‘cop-sploitation’ genre of the early 70’s, this would have to come pretty close to being it. Sondra Currie is a large breasted, karate-kicking super-cop-ette who has to fight as hard to be accepted by her chauvinist peers as she does to catch the bad guys. The lads all eat donuts and wear shirts unbuttoned down to the navel while the girls only escape the label of ‘whore’ because they give it up for free. This, ladies and gentlemen, was the 1974 independent film industry’s answer to Doris Day.

And how.

If movies were toys, this one would be Hungry Hungry Hippos – it’s fun when you’re in the middle of it, but you just can’t explain why afterwards. Sondra Currie is a female cop trying to make a name for herself on the force, but every time she tries to take a step up she’s treated like an incompetent motard by her male colleagues. They make jokes about women that even your drunk Uncle Bill, who hasn’t yet figured out we’re out of the 50’s, wouldn’t touch. When Sondra says she can shoot a gun, they practically fall over in gut cramps from laughing so hard. When she says she knows karate (which at the time was so new that she actually has to explain how to say the word – ka-ra-tay), they roll their eyes like slot machine reels and slap each others backs.

But all this matters not – there’s been a jailbreak and two female prisoners have made a run for it. Of course, it’s not Sondra’s fault. She personally took out about eight of the escaping prisoners with kung-fu kicks and Muhammad Ali moves, but she can’t do everything...

So once the boys in blue decide that maybe Sondra can indeed do as she says, they let her in on the big case. She has to get on the inside of a… well, how to describe it… a compound filled with women in bikinis that seems to be owned by a cranky old grandma and her muscle-bound, brain-free boy-toy. How dumb is muscle boy? Well, he doesn’t have a mullet, but he should. These two run some sort of illegal business that seems to consist of counting large quantities of money on a card table in the back yard while many bikini girls play volleyball. Because that’s what happens in drug dealer compounds run by grandmothers.

Meanwhile, one of the prison escapees, played by former Playboy Playmate Jeannie Bell, is being inducted into the bikini compound. This induction consists of getting her ass handed to her by an Asian bikini whore. When Jeannie manages to turn the tables, she’s considered one of the girls at last. This is good, since she’s actually a cop.

The rest is merely girls doing kung-fu and firing guns and acting about as well as what you’d find people acting in a 3am speed-reading infomercial. Jeannie Bell manages to take her shirt off for no good reason twice, whereas Sondra Currie keeps hers on while her chest threatens to escape her blouse at any moment. Think of her as an earlier version of Police Academy’s Leslie Easterbrook.

Written and directed by serial sex director Lee Frost, who had been helming flicks like The Defilers, Hollywood’s World of Flesh and Hot Spur since the early 60’s, The Insiders may well be the summit of his achievements in the world of film.

But that’s like saying liver cancer is an improvement on testicular cancer. You’re still talking about cancer.

If The Insiders is surprisingly easy to watch today, it’s certainly not because Mr Frost knew what he was doing, nor the cast. If anything it’s because of the inherent differences in our society today as opposed to the mid-70’s. What passed for mindless entertainment back then is looked upon today as hysterical and ridiculous, yet still mindless. You’re not going to get much movement from Mr Happy in anything more than a couple of scenes, but you are extremely likely to chuckle loudly at everything else in the flick, which makes it eminently more entertaining than anything Matthew Lillard has ever appeared in.

Except Scooby Doo. Can you believe what a laugh riot Scooby Doo was?

Yes, I’m being sarcastic.

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User Comments

1/25/09 George Sondra Currie rocks and so does this movie 4 stars
12/08/07 mr. mike a coupla hot babes flash some skin , otherwise it's like watching paint dry. 2 stars
3/17/06 Bill Sondra Currie's karate and judo wll give any guy a 'hard' time. 5 stars
9/24/03 Warren Miss Currie is the sexiest woman I've ever seen doing judo and karate. 5 stars
4/17/03 mike karate cutie lacy kicks bad babe ass! 5 stars
3/13/03 Lewis Sondra Currie was a 3rd Degree Black Belt in both judo and karate and it shows! 5 stars
1/04/03 Memorable woman-to-woman knockout scenes, and not only for KO Currie! 4 stars
12/13/02 Thomas Sondra Currie doing karate and jiu jitsu in blouses and in a judogi! Sexiest karate woman 5 stars
11/25/02 Steven Sondra Currie looks great doing Karate in a gi and then in blouses. 4 stars
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  02-Feb-1974 (R)


  02-Feb-1974 (M)

Directed by
  Lee Frost

Written by
  Lee Frost
  Wes Bishop

  Sondra Currie
  Tony Young
  Phil Hoover
  Jeannie Bell
  Laurie Rose
  William Smith
  Wes Bishop

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