Savage Beach

  • 1990
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Erotic

Andy Sidaris, an Emmy-award winning sports director for ABC-TV, has made a series of distinctive action/exploitation films that wallow unashamedly in babes, beefcake and bullets. They feature a regular company of well-sculpted males and Playboy-centerfold females as swinging young Drug Enforcement Agency operatives in Hawaii, who have sex and save the world...read more

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Andy Sidaris, an Emmy-award winning sports director for ABC-TV, has made a series of distinctive action/exploitation films that wallow unashamedly in babes, beefcake and bullets. They feature a regular company of well-sculpted males and Playboy-centerfold females as swinging young Drug

Enforcement Agency operatives in Hawaii, who have sex and save the world from narco-terrorists, in that order of priority. Admittedly, Sidaris's writing and direction have improved a bit over the years, and the previous installment, PICASSO TRIGGER, boasted a tricky quasi-Bond plot in between all

the erotic acrobatics. SAVAGE BEACH, which played a few theater screens before washing up on home video, has less to offer on both counts. This time the story focuses on lookalike blond bombshell adventuresses Taryn (Hope Marie Carlton) and Donna (Dona Speir). After delivering needed medical

supplies to a settlement in the Marshall Islands, their plane is forced down by bad weather on a remote speck of land. Following the obligatory nude swim, the heroines discover they're not alone. A Japanese holdout from WW II (Mikasa, in mummy makeup) still creeps around the jungle, guarding a

fortune in gold looted from the Philippines by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Coincidentally, the location of the treasure has just been divulged, and an assortment of armed factions land on the island. There's a rogue US Navy officer, a CIA hunk, Filipino communist guerrillas and some freelance

mercenaries. Taryn and Donna happen to have a small arsenal on board their plane, and they dispose of the bad guys, with unexpected help from the Japanese warrior. Wounded in the end, he explains (in a ludicrously protracted death scene) that he recognized Taryn from her baby picture; it seems he

killed her castaway GI father during the war and has been agonizing over it ever since. Let's see, that means the twentysomething Taryn is portraying a character in her late forties--maybe she spends all that time in the hot tub for arthritis relief.

Compared to Sidaris's previous cinematic efforts, the explicit stuff in SAVAGE BEACH is fairly brief. The supporting cast of oversexed undercover agents are left behind this time while the two girls struggle to survive and find excuses to take off their tops. Against all odds, Carlton and Speir

are somewhat better actresses than this dumbness deserves, at least enough so for Speir to be credible when she bristles at being called a bimbo. But the plot is idiotic, the action unexceptional (even though there's an overemphasis on sheer bloodletting). Weigel plays an absurd Marxist rebel with

a taste for leather bikinis. Shane's role as the stud DEA team leader is part of a joke throughout the series; he's the latest in a set of brothers who have had the job, and he speaks in leering double-entendres: "I want you to see this special equipment I have for you...Are you comfortable with a

big gun?...Once loaded and cocked, all you need is a steady hand on the barrel." He's not involved enough to spring the best running gag, that none of the Abilene boys can shoot accurately with anything smaller than a grenade launcher. Sidaris and his crew have shown panache in the past, but

SAVAGE BEACH is just all wet. (Nudity, excessive violence, sexual situations, profanity.)

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  • Released: 1990
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Andy Sidaris, an Emmy-award winning sports director for ABC-TV, has made a series of distinctive action/exploitation films that wallow unashamedly in babes, beefcake and bullets. They feature a regular company of well-sculpted males and Playboy-centerfold… (more)

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