HARDCORE is an ill-fated outing for British sex starlet Fiona Richmond, an actress who made a handful of sex comedies in the UK in the late 1970s before disappearing into relative obscurity. Watching one of her films, it's immediately apparent why she vanished: she's pretty dreadful as an actress, her only talent her obvious willingness to strip naked for her roles. Her best film is the lurid shocker EXPOSE.
As a film, HARDCORE is quite lamentable, a smutty series of sexual escapades clearly modelled on the success of EMMANUELLE. Fiona confusingly plays herself and the film is an on-screen autobiography of sorts, but in reality it merely shows off the actress taking part in sex scenes with a series of cameoing British actors. There's a ludicrous schoolgirl/teacher encounter, an escapade with a spanking enthusiast, and plenty more outrageous situations.
The comedy is non-existent and Richmond's acting is diabolical, but some fun is had from the familiar faces involved. Ronald Fraser, Adam West (!), Anthony Steel, Donald Sumpter, and Graham Crowden all turn up in various states of undress, some more so than others. However, their presence is not enough to turn this into anything remotely resembling entertainment, and that's from someone who's a big fan of CONFESSIONS OF A WINDOW CLEANER.