Otherwise known as The Italian Stallion, this movie was a big deal in the mid-1970’s, with its urban legend stretching well into the 1980’s. Basically, it’s a soft core movie with a pre-Rocky Sylvester Stallone in the lead, but there were rumors that it originally had hardcore penetration scenes. That’s since been debunked.
Stallone made this film his debut, but did so out of desperation. He’d been homeless for several days and was sleeping in a New York City bus station in the dead of winter. In the September 1978 issue of Playboy, he said “It was either do that movie or rob someone because I was at the end — at the very end — of my rope. Instead of doing something desperate, I worked two days for $200 and got myself out of the bus station.”
It was directed by Morton Lewis, who was also behind It’s Getting Harder All the Time and the producer of several movies I’ll soon be searching for, like The Girl From Starship Venus and Secret Rites, which rips the lid off British black magic, complete with a rare on-camera appearance by Alex Sanders.
After Stallone made his money, the film, by all accounts, was never shown. Then Rocky happened. The now hot was extorted for $100,000 to make the film go away, but he refused to pay. And then our old friends the Bryanston Distributing Company got the rights.
I could tell you that this company put out movies like Return of the Dragon, Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, Coonskin, The Devil’s Rain! and Dark Star. But what they’re really known for is basically stealing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
That’s because Bryanstone was owned by the Columbo crime family and run by Anthony “Big Tony” Peraino. And they’re the ones that made all the money on Deep Throat.
The 1976 release of this film, now called Italian Stallion, starts with a prologue with pornography director Gail Palmer, which further fueled the flames of the adult scenes that were supposedly cut from the film.
What is in the film is pretty boring, unless you’ve always yearned to see Stallone’s yam bag. He plays Stud, who lives with Kitty in New York City. If you didn’t guess that from the title…
Stud is pretty much a brutal thug, but he’s good in bed and Kitty likes how he whips her with a belt. Later, they have a party and there’s a big group scene that ends with Stud taking care of every girl without breaking a sweat. “Yo! I didn’t hear no bell,” you may say.
An uncredited Janet Bazet also shows upon here and if you’ve seen enough Michael Findlay and Joe Sarno movies, you’ll know who he is. You’re also a pervert if you perked up at those two names. It’s OK. I understand.
After being released on DVD in the early 2000’s, this movie resurfaced in 2007 when the long-rumored hardcore version showed up. Adult Video News debunked this, however, as what was edited in appeared to be older loops and nothing to do with Stallone.
Bryanston — who resurfaced as a film distribution company — and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer were in negotiations for the rights to this film, but the worldwide rights ended up being sold on eBay in November of 2010 for around $327,000.