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Dewey (Jack Moran) runs a holiday resort - basically a bar on a river
in the middle of nowhere - with his vuluptuous wife Babette (Babette
Bardot) and sexy 16 year old daughter Coral (Adele Rein), that is barely
making its money back. One day they receive three visitors, Martin (John
Furlong) and his voluptuous wife Sheila (Alaina Capri) and Rickert (Ken
Swofford), who seems to have an agenda all of his own, who seems to carry
around a lot of money, who seems to desperately want to get his hands on
Dewey's land, and who makes sure that Cracker (Frank Bolger), owner of the
only boat around wh has brought them here, leaves without any passengers.
Then Rickert tries his charms on the women around, and before long he
has seduced Sheila - who leads a promiscuous lifestyle much to the dismay
of her husband - and Babette - who just needs a litte bit of change every
now and again. But he's not satisfied yet and next goes after young
Coral - who's only just saved from being raped by Lawrence (Andrew
Hagara), who just happened to pass by in his boat - and whom Coral soon
enough feels attracted to.
Tensions really arise when Martin dies from a heart attack, and when
Dewey wants to report it to the policeand use Lawrence boat to get his
guests back to civilisation, Rickert loses his cool, admits to being a
gangster and starts to threaten the others by gunpoint, even shooting
Sheila and Cracker, who has picked exactly this time to take his boat back
to the resort.
The whole thing ends in a fight between Rickert on one side and
Lawrence and Coral on the other in the river, at the end of which Rickert
is run over by Lawrence boat that has gotten out of control ...
A typical and highly enjoyable Russ Meyer film: A cheaply made but
beautifully filmed, fast paced sex-and-crime story set somewhere in
pittoresque rural USA, full of pulp clichés on one hand and peppered
dialogue on the other, garnered with a few big-breasted babes who can even
deliver their lines. Plus, Meyer does not take his script too seriously,
which is a great plus with this type of film.
Admittedly, How Much Loving Does a Normal Couple Need is not the
most intellectual achievement (nor was it meant to be), but it's great