R | | Drama
A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.
Director Richard Brooks interviewed around 600 women who had read the film's source novel. This was so as to connect with the film's "magical key" which was the popularity of the book which had become a best seller. Brooks used the meetings for insight and feedback in preparation to make the picture.
First thing, on with the tv. Next - nothing. Just sit there on the bed watching the porno movie, I honest to God expect he's going to bring out a bag of popcorn. Finally, the big moment. He doesn't even take off his pants. And all the time he's ...
Despite ostensibly being set in San Francisco, in the shot right before Theresa fantasizes about running into the street so Martin will hit her with his car, palm trees can clearly be seen reflected in the plate glass store window behind her.
A still version of the Paramount logo is seen at the beginning, in black and white.
$1,837,976 (USA) (23 October 1977)