Baby Love

1968

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IMDb Rating 5.8

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Reviewed by BA_Harrison 8

After her impoverished, cancer-ridden mother (Diana Dors) commits suicide, schoolgirl Luci (Linda Hayden) is adopted by her mother&#39;s ex-lover Robert (Keith Barron), now a wealthy, married doctor living the high-life in London. Once in her new home, the deeply-disturbed girl gradually spirals out of control, teasing teenage son Nick (Derek Lamden), flirting with sleazy family friend Harry (comedian Dick Emery), allowing herself to get felt up in a cinema, taunting local lads by the river (and risking being raped for her trouble), whilst driving a wedge between her adoptive parents by awakening latent lesbian urges in her new mother! Phew!<br/><br/>I found out about Baby Love while searching for films starring my favourite Hammer horror babe, the lovely Linda Hayden, and, boy, is it an eye-opener, the film undoubtedly exploiting the 15-year-old actress&#39;s burgeoning sexuality for all its worth, even having her stripping off for the part. But Baby Love is so much more than an opportunity to ogle jail-bait Linda in the altogether: part kitchen-sink drama, part psychological study, it&#39;s a skilfully told and ultimately tragic tale of an emotionally damaged, self-destructive soul who, due to her troubled upbringing, is unable to relate to kindness, instead exerting control the only way she knows how—through seduction; in doing so, she tears apart the already fractured lives of those who have tried to help her.<br/><br/>Made in the late 60s, when movies deliberately challenged the establishment, Baby Love is about as subversive as it gets—a controversial piece of film-making that dares to push the boundaries in all directions, while deliberately making the audience feel just a little uneasy about what they are watching. As such, I found it extremely compelling viewing, and highly recommend it to fans of intelligent, provocative drama, as well as to those who find the idea of Linda Hayden as a naughty nymphet simply too tempting to resist.<br/><br/>7.5 out of 10, rounded up to 8 for IMDb.

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Reviewed by lazarillo 7

This nifty, late-60&#39;s British thriller is about a scheming teenage girl (Linda Hayden) who after her mother&#39;s suicide moves in with the family of her mother&#39;s married lover and proceeds to seduce all three of them (father, mother, teenage son)--two of whom may be blood relatives! If this sounds vaguely familiar, it&#39;s because it was the subject of an uncredited, near-remake by Hollywood in the early 1990&#39;s called &quot;Poison Ivy&quot;, which spawned three increasingly trashy sequels and revived the career of Drew Barrymore. Hayden is actually much better here than Barrymore was in &quot;Poison Ivy&quot;, but this movie is very hard to find today, no doubt because Hayden has several brief nude scenes and was about the same age at the time as her fifteen-year-old character. This is monumentally silly more than forty years later--half the adult population (women) have seen a girl that age naked, and the other half (let&#39;s just be honest here) probably have at some point in their lives. But we live in a society today where if a teenage girl sends nude photos of herself to her teenage boyfriend, instead of considering it a &quot;teachable moment&quot;, we&#39;re more likely to charge them both with distributing child pornography! <br/><br/>Anyway, whatever else she was, Linda Hayden was a criminally underrated actress. She got some attention for her appearances in Hammer&#39;s &quot;Taste the Blood of Dracula&quot; and as another sexy, evil vixen in &quot;Blood on Satan&#39;s Claw&quot; (where, incidentally, she has even more graphic and still-underage nude scenes as well). She had more bad luck after that though. She reunited with the director here (Alistair Reid) as well Peter Finch and Shelly Winters in another very solid thriller called &quot;Something to Hide&quot; that has been all hacked up and never released on DVD for no good reason I can tell. Her best performance perhaps though was in &quot;The House on Straw Hill&quot; (which makes it&#39;s likely inspiration, Sam Peckinpah&#39;s &quot;Straw Dogs&quot;, look like a Disney film), but that entertaining but uber-sleazy venture became the only British-made film to be labeled a &quot;video nasty&quot; in Britain and it was banned there for many years. As a somewhat ironic result, it&#39;s considered a minor cult film there today(and was even remade in 2009), but was little seen outside of the UK. As for Hayden, she eventually took her considerable charms to dumb British sex comedies like the &quot;Confessions of&quot; series and &quot;Queen Kong&quot; (starring her then paramour Robin Askwith) before ending her career with a cameo role (mostly nude, of course) in &quot;The Boys of Brazil&quot;.<br/><br/>There&#39;s nothing much to say about the rest of the cast as this is Linda Hayden&#39;s show all the way. But there is a good cameo at the beginning by ill-fated, former glamor actress Diana Dors as the Hayden character&#39;s mother. As for the director, Alistair Reid, he&#39;s no doubt now written off as a &quot;dirty old man&quot; in some quarters for having directed this, but his &quot;Something to Hide&quot; and &quot;Deadly Strangers&quot; (with Hayley Mills and Sterling Hayden)were equally good British thrillers. I&#39;d certainly recommend this.

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Reviewed by RavenGlamDVDCollector 8

Would you believe that this very old movie, with little known stars (well, even back then, I suppose) has actually stood the test of time?<br/><br/>Okay, towards the end, it shoots itself in the foot when the movie turns violent. But aside from that...<br/><br/>I&#39;m always on the look for controversial movies and when I read about this one, I was immediately intrigued. With something so old and with such an unknown cast and, on top of it, dealing with such a subject matter, I didn&#39;t even expect it to have been released on DVD, much less find it on my seller site, but I did.<br/><br/>First off, let me just voice an objection. The current (2017) summary here on INDb was written by somebody (anonymous) who doesn&#39;t like the movie, and that particular style is fine (and entertaining enough) for a review, but absolutely unsuitable for a summary. To each their own, if they don&#39;t like a movie, they don&#39;t have to be nice, but summaries should be factual and impartial.<br/><br/>The movie doesn&#39;t deserve to be derided. As for the deeply human characters, I have enjoyed watching, I was pleasantly surprised, it is a good movie. Yes, I&#39;m into pretty actresses, we all know The Raven, but besides the obvious points of interest for me, it was surprisingly well done. The movie is almost fifty years old and I knew I was taking a big chance when I bought it sight unseen.<br/><br/>I&#39;m glad I did. <br/><br/>Diana Dors is just way off-putting as the choice for Luci&#39;s Mom, and here&#39;s something else: Somebody who already knows pain (cancer) would choose being scalded by boiling water while bleeding to death because of razor slices as method of suicide? I think that nasty start should have been replaced with something more &quot;sedate&quot; like sleeping pills or so. That was just to shock! And the movie doesn&#39;t need it.<br/><br/>Anyway, loved Linda Hayden and appreciate her fine performance. I do appreciate that she is the real thing, only fifteen years old, imagine this being done today!!! Good choice with mature female lead Ann Lynn as well.

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