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A 1976 B Exploitation Film directed by Russ Meyer. Roger Ebert (credited as Reinhold Timme) wrote the screenplay, the second out of only three times he did so, after Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and before Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens.

Adolf Hitler is hiding out in California under the identity of Adolf Schwartz, however he is soon murdered by a mysterious assailant. This coincides with the arrival of a mysterious woman, Margo Winchester, in the town nearby. Whatever the case might be, nobody seems interested in investigating the crime, but there are many who are interested in Margo.

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Not to be confused with the completely different Pixar film of the same name.


"Up! Trope!":

  • Absolute Cleavage: Margo's white top at the beginning, during her jogging scene, doesn't just show off much of her chest, her breasts almost pop out while she's running.
  • Adolf Hitlarious: Adolf Hitler is hiding out in California as Adolf Schwartz and spends his time engaging in completely outrageous sexual kinks in the most ridiculous manner possible.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Every woman in the movie is portrayed as very sexual, lustful and promiscuous.
    • After she served Adolf sexually by sitting on his face Limehouse approaches Paul, showing her interest in having sex with him.
    • Despite being raped by Leonard Margo immediately agrees afterwards to begin a sexual relationship with Homer for covering up that she killed her rapist. Shortly after that and getting a job in a diner run by Alice and Paul she has sex with the latter one after she finished her shift.
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    • The "Chesty young Thing" crosses the speed limit in the town and is stopped by Homer, she immediately offers him sexual services to avoid a ticket. She pulled down her top, showed Homer her breasts, let him touch before giving him a blowjob in the backside of his patrol car.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • Even though Sweet Li'l Alice is shown in a lesbian encounter at the beginning of the movie, which is repeated later on, she has also heterosexual tendencies, she's married to Paul and acts, although hidden, jealously if a man or a woman comes too close to him.
    • While Margo is portrayed as heterosexual during the course of the movie, on two occasions she approves to lesbian caresses.
    • Paul appeared to serve Adolf only unwillingly sexually, he was interested in Limehouse, he's married to Alice and had sex with Margo. But at the end of the movie it appears that he developed some sort of feelings for Adolf as well.
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  • Author Appeal: Russ Meyer often ridiculed Nazis and gave them grisly fates in his movies. Hitler himself would not become the exception, and he's accordingly shown in a totally ridiculous light before getting ignominiously murdered with a piranha in his bathtub.
  • Cat Fight: Margo and Alice get in one (while they're nude in a river) close to the end of the film.
  • Chainsaw Good: Homer wields a chainsaw to stop Rafe from raping Margo and Alice. He succeeds in killing Rafe with it, with very gory results.
  • Corrupt Hick: Homer is the Sheriff of the town and is more than willing to let women off for criminal behavior in exchange for sexual favors. He declares the death of Leonard Box an accident after having sex with Margo and he lets a speeding woman go after she performs oral sex on him.
  • Dumb Muscle: Rafe is a hulking brute who opens beer bottles with his teeth and single-handedly tears down the restaurant's wooden walls to leave with Margo and Alice under his arms. He also speaks in a clipped manner at best and shouting single words at worst.
  • Flushing Toilet, Screaming Shower: After Homers shoved Pocohontas out of his house because he heard Margo's van approaching, he runs under the shower to clean himself up. Accidentally he turns on the hot water and scalds himself, while Margo jumps out of her van, nude, and enters the house. She joins him in the shower and through the curtain it's visible how she lifts his penis and comments: "Ooh, it's all red. Looks like you've been f***ing an Indian."
  • Gag Penis:
    • Every man engaging in sexual activities is obviously equipped with an artificial overlong penis. Funnily they always hang down when they are clearly visible. The only erection is seen when Leonard is about to rape Margo, but only in a wide shot out of a distance.
    • Gwendolyn uses a strap on during the sex with Alice.
    • Nearly at the end of the movie Alice wants to use a double ended dildo with Margo.
  • Going Commando: Margo never wears any underwear. Not at the beginning during her jogging scene nor later when she undresses beside the stream before having sex with Paul. Only later during her striptease is she wearing panties.
  • Greek Chorus: Francesca "Kitten" Natividad appears throughout the movie as a Greek Chorus, Breaking the Fourth Wall and addressing the viewers, informing them about the situation, recapitulating what has happened, listing the murder suspects and encouraging them to find out who did it.
  • Hollywood Healing:
    • Margo gets assaulted by Leonard in his attempt to overpower her. He beats her and jumps at her, but afterwards no injuries are seen on her.
    • In a psychological way. Margo gets raped by Leonard, but she has no problem to have sex again immediately afterwards.
  • Hypocrite: Alice acts jealously (although hidden) whenever it appears that her husband Paul is involved in extramarital sex, with men or women, and considers them rapists and what they are doing to Paul as rape. But she herself feels no obligation to be faithful, engaging in lesbian encounters with other women.
  • I'm a Man; I Can't Help It:
    • After starting an affair and some kind of relationship with Margo, who is a busty, attractive and very hot woman, Homer can't stop fooling around with others as well. He lets a woman perform oral sex on him in exchange for letting her get away with going over the speed limit, and was in bed with Pocohontas while Margo was away. Interestingly he tried to hide this "infidelity" by sending his sex partner away when Margo came home and attempted to clean himself up, washing the proof from his body.
    • Despite being married to Alice and seemingly being an unwilling participant in the orgies of Adolf, Paul showed a vivid interest in Limehouse during one of these encounters and envisioned a hot date with her. After Margo started to work at the diner he couldn't resist to follow her when she planned to take a swim after her shift and ended up having sex with her.
  • Instant Seduction: After Margo has started to work in the diner owned by Alice and Paul, she goes for a swim after her shift is over. Paul follows her secretly and while Margo undresses at the shore of a river, he does the same at some distance. Paul approaches Margo when they both are nude, asking her jokingly "How is the water?", immediately afterwards they are having sex.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: While Margo is away, Homer has fun with another woman at home. When he hears the honk of Margo's van, he jumps out of bed, shoves the woman out of the house and tells her to get lost.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: A bad action leads to a bad result for the one who committed it.
    • Leonard raped Margo and is immediately killed afterwards by her
    • Homer had sex with another woman while Margo was away (see above) and after getting rid of the other woman he wants to take a shower to wash any proof away, but in his hurry he turns on the hot water and scalds himself.
    • Rafe raped Margo and Alice and is killed by Homer afterwards.
  • Mockstery Tale: The film opens with the murder of Adolf Hitler. Whenever the Greek Chorus appears, she reminds the audience that everybody in the cast is a suspect, however this murder mystery decidedly takes a backseat to the "everybody wants to have sex with Margo" plotline, at least up until the end.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: After starting his relationship with Margo, Homer has no problems sharing her with other men, Paul in this case. After telling Paul about his sexual experiences with her, he recognizes his interest and arranges for Margo to get a job in the diner so that she's close to Paul. And they end up having sex.
  • No One Should Survive That: Homer gets an axe to the chest when trying to stop Rafe from raping Margo. The blade is clearly seen entering and sticking out of his body, but he still survives.
  • Patricide: The identity of Adolf's murderer turns out to be Alice, who claims to be his daughter, Eva Braun Jr. She killed him because Adolf paid Paul to service him sexually and that made her jealous.
  • Piranha Problem: Hitler's murderer kills him by dropping a hungry piranha in his bathtub, with very bloody results.
  • Porn Stache: Leonard Box has a mustache like that, he partly resembles the porn actor John Holmes.
  • Promiscuity After Rape: When Margo is introduced in the movie, the first sexual thing happening to her is being raped by Leonard. After she kills him Margo is immediately ready to have sex with Homer for covering up the death of her rapist, she also has sex with Paul. After being raped another time she shows interest in lesbianism with Alice.
  • "Psycho" Shower Murder Parody: Alice tries to murder Margo with a knife while she's taking a shower.
  • Questionable Consent:
    • Margo enters into a sexual relationship with Homer in exchange for getting away with murder (though it was in self-defense). She partakes in it enthusiastically, for what it's worth (part of this might be because it helps her stay undercover while she investigates the murder). Either way, karma eventually gets to Homer and he dies fighting Rafe at the end.
    • Alice hesitates when she sees Gwendolyn with a rather large strap-on and tries to say that they should talk about it first, but Gwendolyn doesn't listen and gets down to business, with Alice greatly enjoying it.
  • Rape and Revenge: Margo gets raped by Leonard Box while she's unconscious, but after she wakes up she kills him through her karate skills.
  • Sex God:
    • Margo is a beautiful, sexy and mysterious woman who arrives in town from seemingly nowhere, becoming an object of desire for just about the entire cast, male and female, and she is in turn very willing to entertain them. Despite being raped she's immediately ready to start a sexual relationship with another man, Homer. In her sexual encounters with Homer and Paul, Margo shows a lot of passion, engaging in wild sexual activities and getting pleasure from them. After being raped another time by Rafe, Margo quickly gets over it and accepts Alice's caresses, implying that she's a very strong willed woman in sexual matters.
    • Paul is very potent, being a regular participant in Adolf's orgies; he's used to pleasuring him as he's commanded. Besides that Paul showed an interest in Limehouse, another participant in the orgies, who approaches him with the same intention, in a short sequence commented by the "Greek Chorus" they are seen together having sex. Later in the movie Paul is seen with his wife Alice in the riverscape, in sexual activities, showing his passion and ability to please her. After Homer told Paul about Margo he is willing to share her with him, arranging that Margo starts to work at the Diner. After her shift is over Paul follows her secretly when she attempt to do skinny dipping in the riverscape, before approaching her. Interestingly he starts with giving Margo oral sex, pleasuring her this way before going further, suggesting that he's more sensual than Homer. Paul and Margo have passionate sex during their encounter and ended up in a affectionate nude embrace after experiencing their orgasm. Considering this is Paul a lover who takes care of his partner and makes sure that she is pleasured as well.
    • Gwendolyn is shown in a lesbian encounter with Alice. From Alice's reaction it's clear that Gwendolyn knows exactly what to do to please her.
  • Sexual Extortion:
    • Homer witnesses Leonard raping Margo and then Margo killing him. He points out to her that Box's father is loaded and would spend a lot of money to put Margo in jail forever. He offers to cover up everything, declaring the death of Leonard an accident if Margo agrees to sleep with him. Afterwards, their relationship throughout the film is amicable but unfaithful.
    • Homer stops a woman for speeding, but lets her get away scot-free after she gives him a blowjob.
  • Shout-Out: Some of the characters utter the lines "I'd like to strap you on sometime" and "you will drink the black sperm of my vengeance", both of which originated in the previous Meyer/Ebert colab, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
  • Shower of Love: Avoided. Margo and Homer are in a shower together, but no sex takes place. While Margo was away, Homer shared his bed with Pocohontas, after hearing Margo's van approaching, he shoved her out of the house. Homer ran under the shower, obviously to clean himself up, trying to wash off any proof of his "infidelity", but ended up scalding himself accidentally. Margo, who shortly before had sex with Paul and is still nude, enters the house, apparently ready for a second round with Homer. But because of the hot water and his subsequently red penis, nothing happens after Margo joins him in the shower.
  • Skinny Dipping: Margo is attempting to do that in the river, undressing on the shore, but Paul has followed her secretly and after he approaches her, also nude, they end up having sex.
  • Sleeping with the Boss:
    • After starting to work in the diner Margo has sex with Paul, who's practically her boss, alongside his wife Alice.
    • Despite being jealous of Margo Alice has a strong desire and attempts to have sex with her.
    • At the end of the movie, after Margo has solved the case, she's in the office with the Commissioner who congratulates her. But at the end of their talk, after Margo asks if there is anything else it becomes clear that her boss is horny and wants to meet her later for sex, which she comments by breaking the fourth wall and blinking to the viewer.
  • Two-Person Pool Party: A good part of the movie takes place in a riverscape, so there are several scenes of people having sex in the water.
    • Leonard chases Margo through a riverscape before overpowering her in a pond, rendering her unconscious. Then he drags her to the shore, strips her of her trousers and rapes her while they are both partially in the water.
    • Shortly afterwards Margo and Homer are seen having sex in a pond.
    • Paul and Alice are seen running through the riverscape and having sex, outside of the water, partially inside or totally.
    • Later Paul and Margo have sex in the same area, often close to the water and in a short sequence in a pond as well.
  • Undercover as Lovers: Partially. Margo is an undercover cop, investigating the murder of Adolf. After the incident with Leonard, which Homer witnessed, Margo agrees to become the lover of the latter one, using this relationship as some sort of cover. But Homer never got to know that Margo was a cop.
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: Margo is revealed as an undercover cop by Alice after the deaths of Homer and Rafe. She was assigned to investigate Hitler's murder.
  • Undressing the Unconscious: After Leonard overpowered Margo he drags the unconscious woman to the shore of the pond and rips down her trousers to rape her.
  • Wakeup Makeup: Whatever happens to Margo, almost drowned by Leonard in a pond, engaging in wild sexual activities, having a cat fight with Alice in the water, her make up, especially her eyeshadow, is always perfect.
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