Eureka (1983) is a Nicolas Roeg film starring his wife, Theresa Russell, Gene Hackman and Rutger Hauer, with the likes of Mickey Rourke and Joe Pesci in the supporting cast. It is nearly three separate films. Act one is a surreal presentation of Hackman's character literally falling into a mountain of gold, and becoming the richest man in the world. This very strange segment includes his interaction with a tubercular hooker fortune teller, and a mystic experience with some wolves, lightning, and a magic rock.

Act two has Hackman rich and bored on his own Caribbean island during WW II. He is married to an alcoholic woman who reads tarot cards, and his daughter, Russell, is married to Rutger Hauer, a Frenchman whom Hackman believes is after her money. Hauer, we learn near the end of the act, is into voodoo. Rourke is the spokesman for Miami Mafia types who intend to buy Hackman's island, with or without his cooperation.

Act three becomes a courtroom drama, with Hauer accused of murdering Hackman. Roeg gets his wife, Russell, naked nearly every time she is on screen, and we see all three Bs several times. Several women also show breasts in a lengthy voodoo orgy scene. IMDB readers have this at 5.5 of 10. Edinburgh U Film Society calls it a masterpiece, but admits that act three is terrible. The script was based on a book written by a lawyer and was based on a real case. The court case took up most of the book. The film does have the magnificent visuals that we associate with Roeg (Walkabout, Dr. Zhivago), and also the epic length, at 130 minutes. It seems to be making some kind of statement about desire, wealth and happiness, but I am not sure what the statement was. I found it a very tedious watch, but your mileage may vary. C.

Scoop's Note:
Nick Roeg was originally hired to be a second unit photographer in Dr Zhivago, based on some second unit footage he had shot for director David Lean's earlier film, Lawrence of Arabia.

Lean fired Roeg from Zhivago before any footage was actually filmed. If I remember right, they eventually shot a couple of minor scenes using Roeg's storyboards, which was his sole contribution to the film.

Roeg was certainly single-handedly responsible for Walkabout however. It was virtually a one-man production.

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  • Theresa Russell (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48)

  • Unknown (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)

  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    Isadora (1968):

    I have never seen this movie, although I have always wanted to. I wish they would get it on DVD. It is the biopic of free-spirited dancer Isadora Duncan, starring Vanessa Redgrave. Best of all, it contains lots of nudity. Here is a sample in three new collages from Herr Haut

    • Vanessa Redgrave (1, 2, 3)




    You were much too generous in your evaluation of The Graduate. I belong to a film group in Wisconsin, and every Saturday afternoon in winter about ten of us get together to watch one or more of the IMDb Top 250. It's our way of learning more about movies that came before our time. We're all in our 20s. Over the years, we've been disappointed by some films, like Citizen Kane and 2001 and The Searchers, which just don't live up to their reputations, but The Graduate is the only one we've ever shut off without even watching the ending . Early on, a bunch of people just wandered out and did other things. About half way through, one of the girls grabbed the remote and pressed pause. She asked, "does anyone really want to keep watching this?"

    Nobody rose to defend it. There were only about five of us still watching.

    We came to a conclusion in our post-film discussion. There are many films which are rated high and do not live up to expectations, but The Graduate is the only one of the "great" films that just completely sucks. It is just a poor movie in so many ways. All of the actors in minor roles completely stink. Benjamin looks as old as Mrs Robinson, except without the spray-on gray hair which Mrs Robinson stole from a high school drama club presentation of Long Day's Journey Into Night. The musical score consists of "Songs to Sleep By", and it's the same damned songs over and over. The sound editing is so bad that half of the dialogue is lost. We can't figure out why Mrs Robinson wanted Benjamin. Can you explain that to us? He's three feet tall, and mumbles all the time. We also can't explain why Benjamin and Elaine wanted to marry each other. Since Benjamin is supposed to be a genius, how do you explain his apparent extreme density? Is he stoned all the time? Maybe he's autistic. Maybe Rainman should actually be called The Graduate II. Mrs Robinson's daughter is a complete ditz, and what is the deal on her eyelashes?  And why exactly is this considered a comedy? None of us laughed during the movie, not even once. It's about as funny as Schindler's List.

    Between this film and Kubrick's 2001, you guys must have been smoking a lot of loco weed back then.

    Scoop's says: I can't really explain why I liked this movie so much back then, but I do remember that I loved it, and it seemed that everyone loved it. It was just an integral part of the Zeitgeist. Some things get lost in the passage of time, and this seems to be one of them. I had one other similar experience since starting this site. I once wrote that I can no longer remember why I used to think Dudley Moore was funny, but I'm pretty sure you will experience the same thing someday when your grandchildren ask you about David Spade.

    Yet I and other people did laugh at Dudley Moore wacky hijinks (and people do like Spade), and people did love The Graduate. Many still do, including some young people. I guess those facts give us an understanding of how we differ from one another, and even from younger versions of ourselves.



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    'Caps and comments by Oz:

    "Simone de Beauvoir's Babies"
    Simone de Beauvoir's Babies is an Australian mini series about four thirty-something women worried about their biological clock. The most nudity comes from Anne Looby and Sally Cooper. Sonia Todd is topless but the view is fleeting.

    • Anne Looby (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
    • Sally Cooper (1, 2, 3)
    • Sonia Todd (1, 2, 3)

    "Table One"
    Table One is about a group of friends opening up a restaurant, and turn it into a topless bar to make it profitable. Mary Hammett makes a interesting cowgirl and there are some unidentified topless dancers.

    "Venus & Mars"
    Daniela Lunkewitcz goes topless in Venus & Mars and there's some see-through nudity by Julie Bowen.

    • Daniela Lunkewitcz (1, 2, 3)
    • Julie Bowen (1, 2, 3)

    Very brief pokies by Hope Davis in Daytrippers.

    "The Plumber"
    Some side nudity by Judy Morris in an Australian thriller called The Plumber.

    • Judy Morris (1, 2, 3)

    "Point of No Return"
    Some barely visible dark nudity by Nikki Coghill in another Australian movie called Point of No Return.

    • Nikki Coghill (1, 2)

    "Palais Royale"
    Nothing unusual here but Kim Cattrall is briefly topless in Palais Royale.

    • Kim Cattrall (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

    "Fright Night"
    The nudity in Fright Night comes from a topless Irina Irvine, just before she's killed. Heidi Sorenson shows some pokies as does Amanda Bearse. Amanda may also be revealing a little more.

    No nudity in O but there are some sexy poses by Julia Stiles and Rain Phoenix.

    'Caps and comments by Dann:

    "Dark Habits"
    I am a big fan of Spanish writer/director Pedro Almodovar but this 1983 film is not one of his best.

    A nightclub singer seeks refuge in a convent populated by gay nuns on dope. The movie is crazy and disjointed not really sure if it wants to be a comedy, drama, or druggie story. Interesting in parts but basically disappointing if you're looking for classic Almodvar.

    Juliet Mills The UK actress and sister of Hayley Mills, topless and showing a little bum in scenes from the 1972 movie "Avanti!".

    (1, 2)

    Assorted toplessness and rear nudity from a couple of contestants on the Danish Big Brother.

    Marie-Josée Croze
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)

    Señor Skin 'caps of the French Canadian actress showing off a great body while she's on top in a sex scene from the Atom Egoyan movie, "Ararat" (2002).

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Civic Doody - After the California gubernatorial debate, Arianna Huffington slammed Arnold Schwarzenegger as anti-woman, claiming that his line that he had a perfect role for her in "Terminator 4" referred to a scene in "T3" in which a woman's head is shoved into a toilet. Arnold said he meant all the "Terminator" movies had strong roles for women, like Linda Hamilton and the female robot, and if that's how Arianna interpreted it, that's her problem.

  • And if she doesn't like it, she can go soak her head.
  • Besides, a sequel would NEVER just repeat the exact same scene!
  • Besides, Linda Hamilton could kick her big, fat, Greek ass.
  • Arianna is lucky the debate moderator didn't shove her head into a toilet.

    Just For The Record - The latest edition of the Guinness Book of World Records is out, and it contains entries from people who did a lot of weird things to get a little fame.

    They include a Russian woman with 69 children...

  • Doesn't Mia Farrow have 70 children?

    ...A Dutchman with a collection of 3,240 airline barf bags...

  • They call him "The Flying Dutchman"...

    ...Someone who swallowed 95 worms in 30 seconds...

  • And still came in third on "Fear Factor."

    ...A man who unhooked 17 bras with one hand in under a minute...

  • As if Colin Farrell weren't famous enough already.

    ...And a group of 982 people who set a new world record by all sitting down on Whoopee cushions simultaneously.

  • They cheated: at least 25 of them weren't using Whoopee cushions.