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Released: Apr 01st, 1986
Running Time: 86
Director: Lawrence T Cole
Company: Now Showing Video
Cast: Francois Papillon, Kevin James (I), Nina Hartley, Erica Boyer, Mike Horner
Critical Rating: AAA
Lawrence T. Cole's The Performers may sound very typical. A devout voyeur, Kevin James, starts an exotic group where three married couples perform their innermost personal fantasies, despite the negative effects this practice may have on their marriages. It's been done before, but not like this. Cole loves to turn cliches inside out, and here, very simply, these six newcomers to uninhibited sex must deal with the emotional impact of such activity as well as the physical.
Let's not get too serious here, because sexually, The Performers delivers in large passionate doses. The best of the lot: Erica Boyer, dressed in a man's leather outfit, banging away at Lili Marlene with a strapped-on dildo; Nina Hartley's aggressive "rage" of Don Fernando; and a masked Francois Papillon taking on exotic dancer Erica Boyer. The fantasies are extremely hot, if not original.
The camerawork here is sensational, with the right balance of close-ups and group shots. Also, Papillon turns in a very good performance, displaying proper angst while watching Hartley put her wet panties in Fernando's mouth. Although he declares his jealousy before watching Nina take on James and Boyer in the feature's finale, it's evident throughout this entire production.