Cherry, Harry and Raquel (1969)

Genres - Adult  |   Sub-Genres - Action Comedy, Sexploitation  |   Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Fred Beldin

Russ Meyer opens Cherry, Harry and Raquel with a lengthy diatribe against censorship, and he's one of the few adult filmsters with the taste and intelligence to make one believe that he has more than self-preservation in mind. Though Cherry, Harry and Raquel is saddled with one of his more simplistic plots, Meyer more than compensates with insanely addled action, over-the-top performances, and his usual ribald, rapid-fire dialogue. Meyer's style is in full flower here, bouncing from shot to shot with giddy energy and vivid colors. Cherry, Harry and Raquel is also notable for the first Meyer-related appearance of Charles Napier, one of his best leading men. Generally cast as a tooth-grinding heavy, Napier's towering Aryan menace is tempered here in a central role as a corrupt sheriff (a character he'd repeat with more belligerent madness in Supervixens), but even when he's simply criminal instead of psychotic, he fills up a screen like few others.