Ópalo de fuego: Mercaderes del sexo (1980)

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Two strippers are released from prison to work undercover for the U.S. government.


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25 February 2008 | Michael_Elliott
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Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties (1980)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Two strippers (Lina Romay, Nadine Pascal) who are serving jail time are offer a chance out. The only catch is that they have to go undercover in a club and try to find out who has kidnapped a young girl (Susan Hemmingway). The young girl is being raped and tortured by her captives but have no fears as the strippers are on the case.

As far as Jess Franco films go, this here isn't anywhere near his best but at the same time there's certainly much, more worse out there. For the most part TWO FEMALE SPIES WITH FLOWERED PANTIES is middle tier Franco but there are certainly enough good moments to make it worth watching. The film is out there in a Spanish version as well as an English dub. It's best that you go with the Spanish track as the English dub is quite awful all around.

With that said, I think the film works best as a homage to the 1940's detective films, which is what the two ladies are basically playing here. If you're looking for a well-detailed story then you can forget it. This is Franco after all so there's not too much sense going on but instead we just get some really strange scenes and of course plenty of sex and naked ladies. Franco certainly doesn't hold back on the nudity as it's all over the place and there's a certain charm to the sexuality and especially with some of the really bad strip tease scenes.

Fans of Romay will certainly enjoy her performance here. I've always been a fan of Hemmingway and she appears here in one of her last movies. Who knows whatever happened to her but she's always fun for me to see. You've got some pretty weird scenes including one where Pascal rapes a gay man. This sequence is played for laughs and I must admit that it made me do just that. That stereotype voice and the scream that comes from him was just priceless.

With all of that said, the film certainly runs out of gas around the hour mark and the film flubs to the finish line. Still, fans of the director will find it worth watching.

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