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Gwendoline Reviews

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January 27, 2015
A French film based on some super sexy comic strip made to cash in on the success of Indiana Jones, but with more in common with Romancing the Stone and Emanuelle and the last Cannibals. That chick from the White Snake videos and her hot Jewish friend (Zabou) escape from a convent to travel to the Far East only to be captured for sex slavery. They hire the adventurer who rescued them to search the wastelands of China for the whereabouts of the girl who was responsible for breaking up Great White's father. They encounter all kinds of trouble including cannibals and an Amazon-like society where all the women clamor for the right to breed with the adventurer. All this to find a butterfly. An over-the-top story, trite dialogue and lots of boobs.
July 17, 2013
Campy adaptation of a French comic book; supposedly, one of the most expensive French films ever made, but you'd never know it by looking at it.
½ January 22, 2013
Revisited this after many long years and it's just as awful as I remembered it. Any movie that's so bad it negates the hotness of a young and in her prime Tawny Kitaen deserves to remain in obscurity.
½ January 5, 2013
"The Perils of Gwendoline" will eat your brain and then spit it unceremoniously into your face. Which is why I recommend watching it.
April 9, 2012
Cheesy and ridiculous, even Tawny Kitaen doesn't succeed in pulling it over the mark. But if you like cheesy films about good-looking butterfly collectors pulling off their shirts for some ridiculously cheeky good-looking Indiana Jones, then this is the place.
½ March 10, 2012
This was one of many movies that came out after Raiders of The Lost Ark in order to take advantage of the adventure movie craze. This was a French film based on an English 1950's underground comic book. The actors spoke English but they still dubbed the voices and they did it badly. The French version probably didn't have the mouths movie in synch with the words but why was the English version out of synch. The only good thing about this movie was the topless actress. The story was stupid. The dialog was stupid. The plot was stupid. The story and plot was stolen from every previous adventure movie from Tarzan to Indiana Jones. The comic book was full of female bondage, but the movie has none. There was just a lot of sexy armor on the women warriors in the lost city of women. The director tried to make the movie funny but the jokes were just stupid. Gwendoline in the comic book was blond but in this movie she is a red head. Although in the beginning of the movie the Chinese gangsters said she was blond. It was supposed to be set in China but when they go inland they go into an unexplored jungle then desert then back to a jungle then finally a desert. There are no jungles in China and China has been a highly populated civilized country for 5000 years. There is no place on earth were you can walk from jungle to desert to jungle and back to desert. I went to see this movie at the Heritage Park Mall Theater in Midwest City, Ok. It was the edited U.S. version. Now I have the unedited and unrated director's cut on DVD. It was based on the original French version. There's not a single memorable line in the whole movie. It's a must see if you are in to bad movies.
½ June 6, 2011
There truly is only one reason to watch this movie - you must have a desire to see Tawny Kitaen, famous as the hot chick in the Whitesnake video "Here I Go Again," without her clothes on. The plot, acting and dialogue are ridiculously atrocious. Costuming, what there is of it, was decent. There is a humor to it that makes it palatable, but it is not really enjoyable. Kitaen's beauty almost makes it worth it... 2.5 stars.
½ November 24, 2010
it was worth the watch for Tawny Kitaen
½ October 22, 2010
it was worth the watch for Tawny Kitaen
August 31, 2010
French director Jaeckin, best known for the soft-erotica masterpiece "Emmanuelle," presents his lukewarm, artsy soft-spin on BDSM. Loosely draws on 1950s bondage-themed comicbook character Sweet Gwendoline, created by fetish artist/photographer John Willie.

Jaeckin, attempting to market himself as director of humor/adventure, split the film into two neat halves. The first half plays ho-hum, as fourth-rate, Southeast Asian-themed knock-off of "King Solomon's Mines" (the MacGuffin is an exotic butterfly): lousy jokes, cheesy blood/gore, boring topless shots - and subtle cycles of bondage/imprisonment & release. Shoddy set-pieces, uninteresting cinematography, irrelevant plot means fast-forwarders miss nothing.

Then, at mid-point, when Kitaen, her guide (Huff) and French-maid-in-tow (Zabou) release/escape into a futuristic art-deco industrial palace - populated by Amazonians strutting skimpy, skintight-strapped black leather garb - that butterfly is all but forgotten and the BDSM theme takes full charge of the film's second half.

The palace odyssey is nothing but endless teasing through ornate leather costuming, fantasy devices of torture/bondage, blood-drawing catfights, gratuitous full-frontals, chariots drawn by yoked-and-whipped leathered-up women - and a meaningless, confusing plotline.

Finally Kitaen, donning a spiked leather cowl and massively-wide Asian-shouldered black cape, takes her thoroughly tied-down Huff. Then grab that butterfly and run. Fin.

"Gwendoline" and Kitaen miss wide delivering the quality of "Emmanuelle" and Sylvia Kristel. To be fair, many actresses have tried duplicating Kristel's boundary-pushing erotic innocence via the Emmanuelle brand ? and all have failed.

Second-half costuming is visually interesting, as in fantasy films like "Dune" and "Star Wars;" so are second-half set-pieces.

Transfer is good; extras include Jaeckin commentary/interview.

RECOMMENDATION: Better viewed as camp curiosity - than as an actual erotic vehicle.
½ August 31, 2010
vraiment nul et sans interet aucun.
½ August 31, 2010
Based on the BDSM comics of `50s artist John Willie, director Francois Schuiten retains much of their misogyny and Orientalism. However, the casting of attractive non-actors in central roles does not produce a campy comic tone, but rather an affectless bore. The design work is strong, and fans of Belgian comics may enjoy this aspect - but it is largely evident in only the last part of the film.
½ August 31, 2010
Expected more fromage from a French B movie. Disappointed. Maybe starring in these movies made Tawny crazy?
½ August 31, 2010
I rented this expecting a ridiculous, somewhat steamy, titillating parody of movies like "Romancing the Stone", but unfortunately, while there are tons of women with naked boobage, there's not a shred of eroticism in it, the jokes aren't funny, and the action and acting are incredibly stupid. The climax of the movie involved two of the actors getting it on while wearing a huge cape that covers anything you might want to see while a woman who, as far as I could tell, was disguised as Prince's sofa watches them. The only, ONLY good thing about this trashy flick is the chariot race, where our "heroes" pilot a chariot drawn by four bikini-clad women. That's about it.
August 31, 2010
come on they have sex with a straw in his mouth, what more do you want, except maybe a chariot race using girls in bikini's...oh wait you got that too!!!
½ August 31, 2010
"The Perils of Gwendoline" will eat your brain and then spit it unceremoniously into your face. Which is why I recommend watching it.
½ August 31, 2010
Based on a comic book I never heard of, this movie stars Kitaen before her appearance in Bachelor Party and those Whitesnake videos. This is pretty much one of the dozens of Indiana Jones rip-offs that came out in the mid eighties. This one also has a weird soft core porn vibe as well. I'm giving it the 2 1/2 star rating because there is a certain goofy charm the movie has and it tries so hard to be good that I just don't have the heart to tell them that their movie isn't very good.
½ August 31, 2010
A so-bad-it's-almost-good mish-mash of comedy that isn't funny, action that isn't exciting, and actors who really shouldn't be called actors. Oh, and a ton of breast exposure...which isn't erotic, to keep with the theme. Plus, it all culminates in a chariot race and gladiatorial combat that em-BARE-ASS-ingly tarnish the achievements of both Ben-Hur and Spartacus. The American release, called "The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak", is heavily edited in such a way to further confuse the plot. If you're actually going to sit through this turgid thing, find the full length international cut...and be amazed at the awful.
Super Reviewer
½ March 1, 2010
Supremely silly 'Raiders' adventure residue based on a kinky 1940s French comic strip. The American title 'The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak' provides enough warning about what you should expect. Terrible acting spreads like a disease through the entire cast, the attractiveness of Zabou and Tawny Kitaen are all this movie has going for it during the first hour. Some interesting sets, crazy action scenes (the reined-women-pulling-chariots chase!?), and an army of thong-wearing, armor-and-leather clad ladies during the final 40 minutes add an extra half star of original eye candy.
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