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Scarecrow on Seattle: SCORCHY




For the past few years Scarecrow Video has been contributing reviews of movies made in the Pacific Northwest to the Seattle Office of Film + Music's e-newsletter (you may have seen some of them when we had our Scarecrow on Seattle rental section up last year). We're now proud to be able to share these reviews on our site as well.

Scorchy (1976)
Directed by Hikmet Avedis, sleazy drive-in fodder filmed entirely on location in sleazy seventies Seattle. Connie Stevens stars as a horny undercover DEA agent named Jackie Parker. She is after some heroin smugglers whose headquarters are in the back room of the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (!). Jackie lives in Madison Park and swims naked with the ducks in Union Bay. While Scorchy is a mediocre flick, it is still a must-see due to the extensive use of the Seattle landscape. The movie's highlights are a couple of extensive action scenes. The first begins with some French Connection inspired shenanigans involving a dune buggy and the monorail that evolves into a Bullitt type chase featuring the dune buggy and a regular car. Lots of landmarks are seen in the background ranging from Jay Jacobs to The Pike Place Market to The Kingdome and it culminates in a shoot-out on the roof of The Edgewater Hotel. The film's climax centers on a helicopter pursuing a speedboat from Mercer Island across Lake Washington through The Montlake Cut to Gas Works Park. Scorchy is a hard movie to find but your friends here at Scarecrow Video have it on vintage VHS.
-Spenser Hoyt

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