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6/17/18 Episode 106: Fake Out (1982)



Listen to the Let's Watch A Full-Length Movie on YouTube podcast and watch Fake-Out (1982), aka Nevada Heat, embedded above, at the same time. Start with the podcast. Click here to launch the podcast in separate browser tab.

Pia Zadora is known by bad movie fans for her films, Butterfly (1982) and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964). It's a pity, she should be known for Fake-Out as well.

In Fake-Out, Pia's boyfriend is a bad guy, so the cops imprisons her. After a prison shower scene, the cops then move her to a Las Vegas casino as boyfriend bait.  Here, the movie and Pia loosen up and kick it with lounge lizard cast-mates Desi Arnaz, Jr, Telly Savalas (looking comfortable in a casino), Telly's brother George, and Larry Storch as a drug dealer offering "killer smoke."

Even though Pia plays a Vegas nightclub performer, Fake-Out focuses less on her performance and more on the nightclub. Winds up her then-IRL boyfriend and film producer owned the Rivera, where indoor car chases occur. The casino even gets a great mention in the end credits:
The production is indebted to the Riviera Hotel for its many considerations and extends you a cordial invitation to visit and enjoy its newly remodeled facilities.
Pass.

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