Fly Me/Review

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Pan Pacific Airlines is blessed with three beautiful stewardesses—each doing things their own way!

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Toby (Pat Anderson) is always late—and rather clumsy. She’s the kind of good time gal that doesn’t mind stripping off all of her clothes in the back of a cab—and doesn’t mind if the cab driver watches. Andrea (Lenore Kasdorf) is as lovely as Toby but she’s confused: her boyfriend of six months has gone missing and when she visits his apartment, she’s told he no longer lives there. And Sherry (Lylla Torena), well she’s got a big problem. Along with being an accommodating stewardess she’s got a side hustle: drug smuggling. Everything has been running smoothly until she’s caught skimming some of the proceeds. Her punishment: she’s forcibly hooked on intravenous drugs and sold into sex slavery (a disjointed and decidedly un-fun subplot to this generally agreeable concoction.)

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Producer/Director Cirio Santiago puts his immutable stamp on this stewardesssploitation entry—see The Stewardesses (1969) and The Naughty Stewardesses (1973). The colorful sets and beautiful Philippine locations are as pleasant to gaze upon as are our bodacious hostesses.

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And the supporting players are good too. Naomi Stevens as Toby’s old-school ethnic chaperone mother is a hoot, and Richard Young as David, the available hunk doctor, provides the male pulchritude. Santiago favorites Ken Metcalfe and Vic Diaz also make appearances.

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Look for a finger-lickin’-good food orgy featuring Toby’s mom and an airport interrogator, and a “mile high club” bathroom rendezvous that doesn’t go exactly as planned. Fly Me (an appropriation of Delta Airlines’ ad campaign) is breezy and fast-moving. High flyin’ high jinx from an exploitation cinema master.


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Josiah Howard is the author of four books including Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide (now in a fourth printing). His writing credits include articles for the American Library of Congress, The New York Times and Readers Digest. A veteran of more than one hundred radio broadcasts, Howard also lectures on cinema and is a frequent guest on entertainment news television. Visit his Official Website.

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