by Tuna

Playback was originally created for broadcast on late-night cable TV.

Charles Grant plays a senior executive trying to put together a major telecommunications merger. That is putting a strain on his marriage to interior designer Tawny Kitaen. Meanwhile, ambitious Shannon Whirry is trying to steal the merger and seduce Grant as well. Whirry hires PI Harry Dean Stanton to get some dirt on Grant and his wife, and succeeds. The two attended a sex fantasy club, and made a tape of themselves, which Whirry gets her hands on. The PI also photographs Grant's horny boss pawing Tawny, and Whirry shows Grant the photos. Things look black for the home team, but truth will out.

Given its made-for-adult-cable origin, Playback has an interesting cast, including George Hamilton and Harry Dean Stanton, who is predictably excellent in his small role. Tawny looks great, even after her seven year absence from films; and Shannon is appropriately evil. Unfortunately, the film has neither enough story nor enough flesh to merit a look. Only Shannon Whirry or Tawny Kitaen completists will want this, and even they will be rewarded with minimal nudity.

To make matters worse, this is only available in a German Language Region 2 PAL!! Unless you have to own every obscure nude scene from Tawny or Shannon, this is one to skip.

Our Grade:

If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to read the explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by our definition, a C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:



  • Tawny Kitaen shows breasts, one at a time, and buns in a t-back.

  • Shannon shows buns (no upper body in the frame) and some cleavage.

  • An unknown stripper shows breasts.


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Made for cable TV.



2.8 IMDB summary (of 10)

Playback (1996)

Region 2 PAL, German language only. Click on the image for details.