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Confessions of a Young American Housewife (1974)

Not Rated | | Drama | 3 December 1975 (France)
An attractive but conservative mid-30's housewife stays at the house of her sexually open daughter and soon becomes involved in her daughter's swinger lifestyle.


Joseph W. Sarno


Joseph W. Sarno


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Cast overview:
Jennifer Welles Jennifer Welles ... Jennifer / Carole's mother
Mary Mendum ... Carole / Eddie's wife (as Rebecca Brooke)
Eric Edwards ... Pete / Anna's husband
David Hausman ... Eddie
Chris Jordan Chris Jordan ... Anna / Pete's wife
Juliet Jay Juliet Jay ... Penny (as Lana Joyce)
Erica Eaton Erica Eaton ... Mrs. Carrie Fields
Arlana Blue Arlana Blue ... Shandara


Carol is a young happily married New Yorker, who enjoys being part of a swinging foursome with her husband, Eddie and a befriended couple, Anna and Pete. This serves to keep things interesting. One day her widowed mother Jennifer comes to stay in their house, but she is more on the conservative side and doesn't know about her partner-swapping daughter. Soon she herself kicks over the traces, enjoying the favors of both male and female bed-mates.

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When a frustrated woman's innermost fantasies become a reality...




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Release Date:

3 December 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Confession of an American Housewife See more »

Filming Locations:

Hudson River, New York, USA See more »


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$25,000 (estimated)
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Joseph W. Sarno: [Incest] See more »


Carole: Yeah, everybody goes for Mama. They always did. I sorta feel like I'm in her shadow. Again.
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Referenced in A Place in Time (1977) See more »

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More Than Just Your Typical Softcore Picture
5 May 2014 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Confessions of a Young American Housewife (1974)

*** (out of 4)

Joseph Sarno's cult-classic involves a swinging daughter (Rebecca Brooke) whose life turns upside down when her laid-back mother (Jennifer Welles) comes for a visit and soon the other swingers are wanting to get her in on the action. When mother does join, the daughter has to come to grasp with her own sexuality. I will admit that there's not too much of a plot here and what is here is pretty one-note and predictable but there's no question that it's the best film I've seen from the director. While there are some flaws, there's no question that this film offers quite a bit and is well worth watching by fans of the genre. The big thing are actually the performances, which is something you rarely say with a film like this. Both Brooke and Welles are downright wonderful in their roles. For one, they both come across as a real mother and daughter. Secondly, both women are just so believable in their parts and this helps keep the film so entertaining. This isn't your typical softcore film, instead it really does try to show some real emotion with these two characters and the actresses are so good that you can guy in even with the lack of a good story. Even the supporting actors are good in their roles. Another major plus with this film is that it contains some extremely erotic sex scenes. Again, none of them cross the line into hardcore but what it leaves to the imagination is quite good. The sex scenes are extremely well-directed and it's clear that everyone involved wanted them to be steamy and erotic. The cinematography was also extremely good for this type of picture. CONFESSIONS OF A YOUNG American HOUSEWIFE isn't going to be for everyone, that's for certain, but fans of the genre are going to be treated with a real gem.

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