Saturday, April 21, 2018

Bruce Davison: Actors & SKIN

Actor Bruce Davison made his first appearance on the big screen in 1969's The Last Summer. Based on the novel by Evan Hunter, The Last Summer follows Sandy, (Barbara Hershey) Peter (Richard Thomas) and Dan (Davison) in a coming of age tale set during one summer on Fire Island. The film marked not only Davison's big screen debut, it also marked his first nude scene on film.

Last Summer (1969)

Although there is a bit of sexual fun and exploration, the movie remains relatively tame until it's closing scenes. Held down by Sandy and Peter, Davison's character rapes Rhonda, a young girl who had been hanging around, looking to make friends. The scene originally brought the film an X rating.

The film;s producers, not wanting an X rating to detract from the story, edited down the scene in order to get an R rating before it's release. The movie's only version is a VHS version of the R rated version and the X-rated version has never been released.

The Strawberry Statement (1970)

What's not to love about a film that presents it's opening credits over a group of University rowers showering and heading naked in the locker room. I didn't quite make it all the way through The Strawberry Statement, a film focused on the counterculture and student revolts in the 1960's. Davison plays Simon, a student (and one of the shoering rowers) at a fiction San Francisco University who manages to find love and trouble in between protests and young rebellion.

The Lathe of Heaven (1980)

In this science fiction television movie from 1980, Davison plays George, a man whose dreams have the power to change reality. George attempts to prevent himself from dreaming fearing the effects. George's powers are then used by a doctor, looking to use the dreams for his own gain.

The Misfit Brigade (1987)

In 1943, this motley tank crew is sent on a suicide mission behind enemy lines to destroy a Soviet train that's carrying fuel for the Red Army.

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