Satisfactions (1983): Guaranteed

Dave gets back on the Graver train and digests the maestro’s copulating compilation.

There’s always been something about the porn portmanteau that’s a little slapdash. Too often it’s a collection of barely connected sequences assembled with all the finesse of a blindfolded pastry chef.

Trust Gary Graver then to deliver a delicately assembled croquembouche.

“Good luck with the contract darling!” shoutsElaine (the always eye-catching Honey Wilder (Society Affairs (1982)) to her husband Bud (Graver regular John Alderman), as she settles back into her life of luxury in a sprawling mansion that’s teetering on the edge of the Californian coast. However, Carl (John Leslie) and Margo (Carmel), her in-house domestics, have other ideas (“We just want to bring some fun into your life Elaine”), and entice her into a threesome which showcases Leslie at his dominant and cocksure best.

It’s the first of five beautifully interwoven tales that subsequently follow Bud and Elaine’s daughter Connie (Rhonda Jo Petty – temporarily rechristened Farrah Fawcett Minor owing to her likeness to the A-lister, until the inevitable lawsuit arrived) as she visits her father’s construction site, much to the delight of a horny hard hat wearing collective that includes Ron Jeremy and Herschel Savage.

The third and fourth chapters move everything along at pace, and give us the opportunity to swoon over Graver’s impressively cast ensemble that includes Eric Edwards, Jon Martin, Chrissie Beauchamp and Carla Lott. It’s the final segment that steals the show though, with none other than the peerless Birmingham-born beauty Kay Parker (Dracula Sucks (1978)) facilitating a threesome with her husband Dan (Robert Kerman) and escort Tess (Laura Lazare in one of the three Graver-lensed XXX’s she did in ‘83). It’s one of the director’s finest hardcore sequences; oozing with drama, class and poise, and Parker exerts a cool authority over the debauchery, never losing the natural eloquence that’s so

Graver not only directed Satisfactions, but also produced, edited and shot it too, with Harold Lime (who cameos as a bartender) bankrolling the movie, and C.W O’Hara scripting his last film for the prolific pair having started out on Indecent Exposure (1981) two years prior.

Released in the spring of 1983, the flick bagged an AVN (Adult Video News) Award nomination for the Best All Sex Film, and garnered an admirable collection of favourable notices. Writing in Hustler, famed National Lampoon contributor Dave Yuzo Spector called it “a sexual smorgasbord. There’s all you eat for just the price of admission” [1] which, in my opinion, sums this carnal compendium up perfectly.

USA ● 1983 ● Adult, Comedy ● 74mins

Rhonda Jo Petty, Kay Parker, Robert Kerman, John Leslie, Laura Lazare ● Dir. Gary Graver (as Robert McCallum) ● Wri. C.W O’Hara

[1] Hustler, February 1983, Erotic Films, edited by Rodger Claire, written by Dave Yuzo Spector.

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