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Poor Pretty Eddie (1975)

A wrong turn on a jazz singer's road trip results in her car breaking down near an isolated lodge run by a faded starlet and a young, homicidal Elvis impersonator.


B.W. Sandefur (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Leslie Uggams ... Elizabeth 'Liz' Wetherly
Shelley Winters ... Bertha
Michael Christian ... Eddie Collins
Ted Cassidy ... Keno
Dub Taylor ... Justice of the Peace Floyd
Slim Pickens ... Sheriff Orville
Lou Joffred Lou Joffred ... Odell
Red Lawson Red Lawson ... The Salesman
Sherif Smith Sherif Smith ... The Deputy


A wrong turn on a jazz singer's road trip results in her car breaking down near an isolated lodge run by a faded starlet and a young, homicidal Elvis impersonator.

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Alternate Versions

Depending on what title you buy the movie under (Redneck County Rape, Poor Pretty Eddie, Heartbreak Motel, etc.), you'll get a different movie, using the same actors, sets, and plot outline. Poor Pretty Eddie and Black Vengeance, for example, are both ultra-violent and sexual with less dialogue than Heartbreak Motel, which is a filmed play. "Motel" also gives backstory for several of the characters whose existence is relatively unexplained in "Eddie," most notably featuring a scene where Bertha gives a monologue about how Keno got his scars. Also, Heartbreak Motel features none of the sex or violence so prevalent in "Eddie", and the two films have completely different endings. See more »


The Star-Spangled Banner
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key'
Music by John Stafford Smith
Sung by Leslie Uggams
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Hidden Gem!
28 October 2000 | by SorsimusSee all my reviews

I bought this film from a car boot sale in Finland (Yes, this wonderful film was apparently released in Finland as a rental in the early eighties.) mainly because of its cover that suggested that it would be a blaxploitation film. That it was not. Instead it proved to be a genuinely stylish piece of cinema with some upsetting (exploitation) scenes not unlike Texas Chainsaw or The Last House on the Left. Probably, though it was not violent enough to compete with them or sick enough to challenge Pink Flamingos. So it was never recognized and quickly forgotten. Anyhow, the thing that surprised me the most was that this film looked stunningly good. The compositions were beautiful as was the lightning. The story was fast paced and had enough twists to keep me interested till the end.

Sadly, however, there is one big minus to this film; it seems to me, that the filmmaker(s) were a bit too conscious with the "shocking" content of their script. Whenever an event with shock value occurs it is highlighted in the worst "look, we dare show this"- manner.

All in all a very enjoyable piece of trash with a difference- competence in filmmaking!

P.S. If you still have doubts after reading this I must say that any film that has both Shelley Winters and Slim Pickens cannot be nothing but good!

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Release Date:

16 April 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Redneck County See more »

Filming Locations:

North High Shoals, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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