The Penthouse

  • 1967
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Thriller

An exercise in sadism and masochism that is well done but was made only to satisfy an audience's basest instincts. The story began as a play and the film looks it, as the bulk of the action is claustrophobically confined to the penthouse in an unfinished apartment building. Morgan, a realtor, has access to the furnished penthouse that he uses for illicit...read more

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An exercise in sadism and masochism that is well done but was made only to satisfy an audience's basest instincts. The story began as a play and the film looks it, as the bulk of the action is claustrophobically confined to the penthouse in an unfinished apartment building. Morgan, a

realtor, has access to the furnished penthouse that he uses for illicit trysts with Kendall. He is a married man with children, but he has assured Kendall that he'll dump the family as soon as the right moment comes along (hah!). They are at the flat early one day when the doorbell rings. Beckley

stands there with his assistant, Rodway, and says he has come to read the gas meter. Kendall lets them in, and almost immediately, Beckley wields a knife and ties Morgan to a chair (where he remains for most of the movie). Rodway and Beckley get Kendall to smoke some dope, then fill her full of

whiskey and force her to do a striptease. Next, each rapes her in the bedroom as Morgan watches in frustration. Rodway and Beckley leave, and Kendall unties Morgan. They hesitate calling the police, as there is no way to explain why they were there together. The doorbell rings; this time it's

Beswick, who says she is the parole officer assigned to Rodway and Beckley and that she has brought them back to say they are sorry for what they've done. Against Kendall's wishes, Morgan allows them inside the apartment. The men soon bind Kendall and Morgan and dance around them, then leave, just

as mysteriously as they had come. Kendall and Morgan work themselves free and depart in opposite directions. Tasteless, made only to shock, and with some preposterous holes, THE PENTHOUSE has the benefit of better acting than the script demanded. Lisa Shane sings "World Full of Lonely Men" (John

Hawksworth, Harold Shaper) over the end titles, and none too soon either. Not for children, nor anyone with sensitivity.

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