Tonight for Sure (1961)

Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Sexploitation  |   Run Time - 69 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Nathan Southern

Back in 1961, you would have needed psychic ability to look at this early Francis Ford Coppola quickie and foresee the genius that eventually surfaced in The Rain People, The Godfather films, The Conversation and Apocalypse Now. Apparently conceived and shot for about $2.00, Tonight shamelessly rips off Russ Meyer's Immoral Mr. Teas with a dumb conceit that has two horny censors visualizing women naked. The footage marries cliched mock-western tropes with Z-grade softcore porno setups similar to what H.G. Lewis and Ed Wood were turning out in the same period. In fact, Tonight's female "spinster photographer" character looks practically indistinguishable from Wood's dirty old man in the potboiler Pretty Models All in a Row. The humor in Tonight is trite and stupid, Carmine Coppola's score grating, and the cinematography by exploitation vet Jack Hill tacky and lurid. If the picture earned laughs or scored even a single erotic moment or two, it might be worthwhile; instead, it easily checks in as the most inept film Coppola ever made (and that assessment includes the director's 1996 comedy Jack). How he went from directing this refuse to creating some of the greatest American films of the 20th century is a mystery.