The Bitch (film)  

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The Bitch is a British film released in 1979. It is a sequel to The Stud (1978), and both films were based on novels by British author Jackie Collins. Like its predecessor, the film starred her sister, Joan Collins, as Fontaine Khaled.



Khaled (Collins) is the owner of a trendy disco who is now facing financial problems. At the same time, she also has to deal with the various men in her life, as well as the Mafia.

The plot of the film differs slightly from that of the novel, particularly as to the ending.

After the film

Although both The Stud and The Bitch were generally panned by critics, they were nevertheless both huge commercial successes and revived Joan Collins' career. Later, the two films attracted the attention of Aaron Spelling and Esther and Richard Shapiro when they were looking for an actress to play the part of Alexis Carrington in their hit TV series Dynasty.


The film features a disco soundtrack, in a similar vein to Saturday Night Fever, and the theme song to the film performed by Olympic Runners became a UK top 40 hit in August 1979. Like its predecessor, the film is considered to be "soft porn". Both films have since become camp cult classics, and were amongst the first to be released on home video.


Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema by Simon Sheridan (Reynolds & Hearn Books) (third edition) 2007

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