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Film / Lovely But Deadly

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Lovely But Deadly is a 1981 American Martial Arts Movie.

Mary Ann Lovitt is a cheerleader nicknamed "Lovely" for her beauty. After her brother overdoses, she starts investigating the local drug ring. Over the course of her investigation, she learns that the rest of her cheer squad is secretly hooked on the drugs. Infiltrating the gang, Lovely bides her time until she can use her martial arts skill for a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.


This film contains examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: When it comes to the drug problem. The school board refuses to take out the kingpin because he's a football star, the faculty are afraid of retaliation by either the school board or the gang themselves, and the police keep getting obstructed.
  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: The main antagonists are drug dealers who specialize in minors and control entire schools.
  • Big Bad: "Honest" Charley Gilmarten, the local drug lord.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: At first it seems like the mastermind of the drug operation is football star Mantis Managian, but it's revealed 40 minutes in that he's just a field operative for the real drug lord, "Honest" Charley Gilmarten.
  • Epunymous Title: The main character is nicknamed "Lovely."
  • Evil All Along: Lovely's boyfriend Javelin is revealed to be the one who handles the drug shipments for the gang.
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  • Honest John's Dealership: The Big Bad is nicknamed "Honest Charley" despite being a drug baron, and he owns a chain of thrift stores that bear his name.
  • Human Traffickers: The drug gang pimps out any women he gets hooked.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Mary Ann is so attractive that she's nicknamed "Lovely," and she uses her hotness to seduce the baddies she's after. She gets several scenes in a bikini.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: A cheerleader who knows martial arts busts up her brother's drug dealers after he overdoses.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Mantis was arrested before the start of the film, but used his football star status to get released without any charges filed.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The first drug dealer Mary Ann goes after primarily sells to middle schoolers. The entire drug problem is among minors.


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