Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town (1975)

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Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town (1975)

Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town (1975)
DVD9 | VIDEO_TS | NTSC 16:9 | Cover + DVD Scan | 01:39:59 | 4,93 Gb
Audio: English AC3 2.0 @ 256 Kbps | Subtitles: None
Genre: Drama

Director: Joseph W. Sarno
Stars: Mary Mendum, Jennifer Jordan, Eric Edwards

When seductress Abigail Leslie returns to her old fishing village hometown, it unleashes a tidal wave of lust throughout the small community. Abigail is known for her voracious appetite for all things carnal, and the men and women of Baypoint are thrilled at the adulterous fun that's in store. Abigail's long-time girlfriends regret the prodigal daughter's sudden return, especially Priscilla, whose husband Gordon has had a running affair with her. But quicker than you can say, "catch of the day," everyone is knocking on Abigail's door for an unforgettable night, or day, of swinging fun. Whether it's handyman Chester, sexy Aunt Drucilla, tomboy Alice Anne, stud Bo, or lusty pals Tracy and Lila, or any combination thereof, you can bet Abigail will be ready, willing and able to throw in the line and get wet!

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The return of a scandalous young woman to a small seaside community triggers an explosion of lust and sexual desire in Joe Sarno's erotically-charged soap opera, Abigail Leslie is Back in Town.

Abigail (Sarah Nicholson) left quiet little Baypoint some two years earlier after being caught in bed with a married man. Now she's back and shameless as ever, rekindling old flames and sparking new ones. Friends and acquaintances from high school, the next door neighbor, a handyman – her appetites are voracious, unapologetic and completely guilt-free. Former peers who once looked down their noses at the 'town slut' are inexorably drawn into Abigail's sensual web, attracted by her unrepentant hedonism like moths to a flame. They fast develop a taste for the forbidden fruits she offers…

Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town (1975)

Swimming against the tide of the new permissiveness heralded by 1972's Deep Throat, writer-director Joe Sarno (Inga) persisted in bringing higher quality softcore films to an ever-diminishing, increasingly jaded audience. In his filmmaking philosophy, a much deeper eroticism is to be found in the face of a woman experiencing orgasm than any gynecological/penetration shot could ever hope to convey. This concept holds full sway in Abigail Leslie, as does Sarno's favorite topic - the sexual secrets and sinful fantasies of middle class suburbia, with a strong emphasis on the female characters. His main vessel for exploring these themes is Priscilla, played by Rebecca Brooke (AKA Mary Mendum - her real name - of Radley Metzger's The Image).

Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town (1975)

Priscilla has the most to fear from Abigail's return. Husband Gordon (Jamie Gillis) cheated on her with Abigail and she's worried that hubby will pick up where he left off with his former mistress. Priscilla's suspicions prove to be well-founded. With Gordon's renewed infidelity she begins to examine the unspoken truth of the platonic friendship she shares with kindhearted Chester (Eric Edwards), a relationship which either of them had previously not dared take any further. At the same time Priscilla finds herself drawn into Abigail's orbit… Rather than feeling jealousy and hatred towards her, she surrenders to the allure of her erstwhile rival's sexually liberated lifestyle. The two even become lovers.

Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town (1975)

Brooke has to carry much of the film's acting load - Abigail Leslie is really about the emotionally torn Priscilla and not the titular character. She's certainly up to the task. Sarno was indeed lucky to find a performer who was not just a good actress but also one who could be uninhibited - enthusiastic even - in the sex scenes, and who, says assistant director Peggy Sarno in the DVD's featurette (see below), had "beautiful breasts" to boot. It's easy to see why parts were written specifically with her in mind for subsequent Sarno projects. Brooke is never less than convincing, in or out of clothes; without her presence the film would suffer considerably.

Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town (1975)

The other actresses, including Nicholson, may not be conventional sexploitation bimbos (at least not by today's standards) but this only adds an element of realism to the sordid little soap opera. Cast members hailing from the world of hardcore porn (Gillis, Edwards, Jennifer Welles) seem grateful for the opportunity to actually act for once instead of just fuck. This isn't to say the film is more talk than action, for while it may start out a bit slow the second half is practically wall-to-wall trysting, often involving group activities. (Yes, that's Sonny Landham - Indian scout "Billy" from Predator - as Jennifer Welles' accommodating boyfriend.) Sarno's 'hard R' sex scenes are well choreographed/lensed and genuinely stimulating, where in another director's hands they'd be clumsy, silly, or just plain dull. His secret formula? Even though the majority of his films aren't hardcore, Sarno always encouraged his actors to really have sex if they felt like it - and many did.

Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town (1975)

As a '70s time capsule with some hot softcore sex sessions and a strong central performance by the beguiling Rebecca Brooke, this one's worth checking out. If you're the kind who insists on bikini waxed babes and their perfectly symmetrical landing strips, however, then you'll probably want to pass.
Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town (1975)

At last, a long-lost Joe Sarno film from his peak period as a softcore director has made its way onto DVD, just like the titular character Abigail Leslie has been away for years but has now returned to the small town of Baypoint, where her sexual appetite made her infamous. Abigail is a woman who is serious about her carnal pursuits, and upon her return she immediately re-establishes her pursuit of the flesh of a lonely tomboy (Chris Jordan) who has a longing for her brother (Eric Edwards), a repressed housewife (Julia Sorel) who harbors a hidden love of the ladies, and a troubled husband and wife (Jamie Gillis and Rebecca Brooke), Abigail having seduced the husband prior to her departure years earlier. Through a series of erotic encounters, all of which are instigated by Abigail Leslie, all the characters in the story find sexual healing and some degree of happiness, and some just have a plain old good time.

Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town (1975)

There are many appealing elements to "Abigail Leslie". The acting by the entire cast is strong, with Rebecca Brooke again delivering a moving, believable, multi-faceted performance. In fact, the entire female cast is exceptional in the acting department – Sarno's script must have struck a cord with these women. As for the men, Eric Edwards is in fine form again, while Jamie Gillis, usually an outstanding actor in adult-oriented films, is quite subdued in his performance, but his screen time is limited anyway. While Rebecca Brooke could steal the acting award with her wide, expressionistic eyes, Sara Nicholson, aka Jennifer Jordan, cannot be overlooked in the titular role of Abigail. She and Brooke are the main focal points of the film and Nicholson plays her role with such a careful understanding and understating that it is clear she enjoyed having the unusually good script and director with which to work. Not to be outdone, Chris Jordan, Julia Sorel and Jennifer Welles steal a few scenes themselves.

Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town (1975)

Joe Sarno again creates a story populated with real, everyday people. His sense of humor occasionally lightens the mood, but his film is, for the most part, quite dramatic. He is as in tune with the characters psychologically as well as sexually, and "Abigail Leslie" is clearly among his best works. The acting scenes are as strong as the sex scenes, which are erotic and very steamy. The often somber (but not overly so) mood is enhanced by the minimal Jack Justice score and photography by Armand Weston, both of whom would work again with Sarno, with nearly the entire cast of "Abigail Leslie", on the following year's "Misty", which is an even better film. So, once again, adults wanting an intelligent erotic film will find themselves well-served by Sarno and Abigail Leslie.
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Abigail Lesley Is Back in Town (1975)

Special Features:
- Audio Commentary Joe Sarno
- Interview with Joe Sarno and Peggy
- Trailers to Joe Sarno films

Many Thanks to Original uploader.


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