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Skin Deep (1978)

In small-town New Zealand, the gung-ho town council decides that what the town needs to put it on the map is a massage parlour. To this end they bring masseuse, Sandra to town. Her presence... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Blackburn Ken Blackburn ... Bob Warner
Deryn Cooper Deryn Cooper ... Sandra Ray
Alan Jervis Wilks ... Vic Shaw (as Alan Jervis)
Grant Tilly Grant Tilly ... Phil Barrett
William Johnson William Johnson ... Mike Campbell (as Bill Johnson)
Arthur Wright Arthur Wright ... Les Simpson
Kevin J. Wilson ... Policeman
Glenis Levestam Glenis Levestam ... Alice Barrett
Heather Lindsay Heather Lindsay ... Rita Warner
Christine Lloyd Christine Lloyd ... Waitress
Peter Rowell Peter Rowell ... Youth
James McFarlane James McFarlane ... Boxing Manager (as Jim Macfarlane)
Wendy Macfarlane Wendy Macfarlane ... Motel Manageress
Mike Bajko Mike Bajko ... Young Man
Renee Hall Renee Hall ... Public Relations Girl


In small-town New Zealand, the gung-ho town council decides that what the town needs to put it on the map is a massage parlour. To this end they bring masseuse, Sandra to town. Her presence in such a conservative village stirs up emotions not normally expressed in rural New Zealand. Written by Evan Yates

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October 1978 (USA) See more »

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Deryn Cooper appears topless. See more »


Featured in Cowboys of Culture (1990) See more »


Break Up Blues
Vocals by Bunny Walters
Lyrics by Arthur Baysting
Music by Neil Hannan
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Fine New Zealand film....
14 October 2005 | by biker-1See all my reviews

This was made back when Holdens and Fords used to line the streets of New Zealand towns. Ken Blackburn - as business and community leader Bob Warner - is the film's major merit ; an insidiously naive opportunist who wheels and deals beneath a cloak of civic respectability. Trouble brews when Sandra (Deryn Cooper) arrives from the big city to take up a health massage job at the men's gym. She's been 'round the block a few times and won't take no nonsense from the local clowns, least of all Bob, who in between working bees and maintaining his Stepford wife, fancies on expanding Sandra's job description. Skin Deep is a blackly comic and insightful drama surrounding the self-serving social inadequacies of a group of men in a small town. Produced when the New Zealand film industry was in it's infancy, Skin Deep remains one of country's most memorable films.

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