• Swedish Gas Pump Girls



    Released by: Full Moon Features
    Released on: January 1st, 2018.
    Director: Erwin C. Dietrich
    Cast: Brigitte Lahaie, Jane Baker, Nadine Pascal, France Lomay, Erik Falk
    Year: 1980
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    The Movie:

    The second in Erwin C. Dietrich’s four Six Swedes films, released in 1980, has gone under a few different titles over the years – High Test Girls, Friendly Favors, Swedish Erotic Sexations and Swedish Gas Pump Girls (the title used for this Full Moon DVD release) but the most common English name for Six Schwedinnen von der Tankstelle is the fairly literal translation, Six Swedes At a Pump.

    The ‘story’ (which his more of a series of sexual vignettes than a truly cohesive narrative) follows the same premise as the one that was so deftly exploited in the first film, Six Swedes On A Campus, but basically relocates the action to a gas station with some sort of abode attached to it. Six fine Swedish fillies – Greta (Brigitte Lahaie), Selma (Elsa Maroussia), Inga (Nadine Pascal), Kerstin (France Lomay), Lil (Flore Sollier) and Astrid (Elodie Delage) – and it is, of course, a full service gas station.

    Dudes pull up for gas, get distracted by the ladies, and typically get it on with them. Meanwhile, the mayor has got some problems of his own, not the least of which is his wily wife (Jane Baker), who is having some fun with the various members of the city council behind his back. If that weren’t enough to hold your attention, the TV set in the girls’ living room seems to have a special connection to Kerstin as she’s able to somehow coerce the man on the TV out of the set and into the warm, fuzzy spot between her legs. As word gets out about their unorthodox business model, they soon find themselves with plenty of customers. Around this time, the mayor starts getting upset about their promiscuity, and the girls build a dildo bike. From there, the girls do their trademark ‘running around in the woods naked and slow motion’ bit, which brings them to the attention of Erik Falk who is just sort of hanging out near a swamp and obviously, he gets to bone whoever he wants, so boning commences. When the mayor finds that the ceilings are cracking above him because of the marching band’s practice sessions, he figures he can send them off to the gas station to practice there and kill two birds with one stone.

    Breezy and wonderfully brainless, this free-spirited softcore romp is real kick. Like the film that came before it this is a movie that really celebrates the joy of sex, worrying not about morality or dubious decision making on the part of the participants but instead focusing on the fun everyone seems to be having. Of course, the fact that the cast is made up of the actresses featured front and center in the picture doesn’t hurt, each one is a looker, but they perform with plenty of spirit in addition to just looking really, really good. This one stops just short of hardcore, leaving just enough to the imagination to keep out of XXX territory while still very definitely qualifying as adult entertainment.

    The humor is completely nonsensical but it’s so nonsensical that somehow it just seems right. There are, of course, plenty of goofy tuba jokes towards the end but the whole scene with the television is insane. Throw into the mix some goofy bits with the pudgy, clownish mayor, plenty of double-entendres with the whole gas pump motif and of course, the dildo bike sequence and this one goes for laughs more often than you might expect it to. Like a lot of Dietrich’s sexploitation comedies, the film is very nicely shot and makes great use of some distinctly quaint European locations. There’s great scenery here, female and otherwise, and a fun (if overly familiar) score to move it all along at a nice pace.

    Video/Audio/Extras:

    Swedish Gas Pump Girls arrives on DVD from Full Moon framed at 1.85.1 anamorphic widescreen in a transfer that appears to be a standard definition down convert of the HD transfer used for the Blu-ray reviewed here. The elements used for the transfer were in very nice shape and there isn’t much in the way of serious print damage to complain about at all. The image is softer than the Blu-ray but detail is fine for a standard definition offering. Colors look good, skin tones are natural enough looking and black levels are fine.

    The only audio option on the disc is an English language Dolby Digital 2.0 track that the packaging lists as stereo but that sounds like mono. Either way, the audio is clean, clear and easy to follow. Levels are properly balanced and there are no issues with any hiss or distortion. There are no alternate language options or subtitles provided.

    Extras are slim, limited to trailers for a few other Full Moon releases, menus and chapter selection.

    The Final Word:

    Six Swedes At A Pump isn’t a particularly deep film but why would you want it to be? It delivers exactly what you’d want one of Erwin C. Dietrich’s vintage sexploitation comedies to deliver – lots of goofy laughs and plenty of lovely naked ladies. Full Moon’s DVD release is light on extras but it looks and sounds nice – a fine domestic alternative to the European Blu-ray release.







































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