Kelly (Constance Towers), a high class working girl, ups sticks to Grantville, the seeming epitome of small town USA. Confronted by suspicious sheriff Griff (Anthony Eisley), she decides to put her illicit lifestyle behind her once and for all and becomes involved with nursing handicapped children. As Griff continues trying to run her out of town Kelly falls in love with Grant, scion of the town's founding family and Griff's best friend. But just as Griff begins to believe that Kelly may be on the level, a murder and perversion scandal threaten to destroy Kelly's new' life.
Up there with Fuller's best!
- The Naked Kiss review by TE
An extraordinary film: a taut mix of pulpy sex and hard-boiled noir.
The storyline encompasses child abuse, a common subject in films today but not in the 1960s. Indeed, society's treatment of children is a theme throughout.
Fuller creates a strong female lead character who is tough, independent and resourceful. The film ends with her receiving the support of all the other female characters as she walks off into the sunset, a trope that is usually reserved for the male hero.
Best of all is the beautiful b/w cinematography. Every frame is carefully composed and balanced like a good still photograph.