Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Robert Aldrich|
|Produced by||Robert Aldrich|
|Written by||Steve Shagan|
|Music by||Frank De Vol|
|Edited by||Michael Luciano|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|December 25, 1975|
|Box office||$10,390,000 (US/Canada)(rentals)
217,313 admissions (France)
When the body of a young woman is found on an isolated beach, Lieutenant Phil Gaines and his partner, Sergeant Louis Belgrave, are the weary and bitter LAPD detectives assigned to the homicide investigation. They conclude, with the support of the coroner's report, that the victim, a hooker and known drug user named Gloria Hollinger, committed suicide using pills.
The commanding officer, Santoro, tells them to close the case. When the detectives talk to the family about the death they omit two facts about the case. That just prior to her death Gloria attended a party at the home of Leo Sellers, a rich, powerful, but corrupt, local attorney and that Gloria had large quantities of semen in her stomach, vagina and rectum indicating that she had engaged in a variety of sexual acts with numerous partners just prior to her demise.
Her father, Marty Hollinger, a headstrong veteran of the Korean War, does not accept the official report and attempts to locate the possible criminal involvement with his own investigation. He discovers the connection to Sellers, who is also a regular customer of Phil's girlfriend, the French prostitute Nicole Britton.
"I think it was a good film," said Reynolds. "At least it was a love story, which I hadn't done in a long time. Catherine Deneuve and I were a case of one plus one makes three so that brought about some interest."