Harold Robbins’ guess-who novel about the jet set and South American politics was as commercial as it was trashy, and this film version may be fairly said to make the novel look even better.
The dialogue is banal, the acting is lifeless and embarrassing, the violence is indulgent, gratuitous and well, just plain boring, and the sex is luridly non-erotic.
At the centre of the story is troubled playboy Dax (Bekim Fehmiu). Raised far from his South American homeland of Corteguay amid the high society and political intrigue of Italy, Dax uses romance as a stepping stone to success, all the while scheming to wreak vengeance on those who once wronged him and his family.
On the romantic front, there is Candice Bergen, about the only principal to salvage anything from the film, playing a fabulously wealthy girl who marries the hero but loses their baby in a swing accident and eventually turns lesbian.
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