“In our business you’ve got to be immune from shocks — especially from birds!”
A clumsy young window cleaner (Robin Askwith) working for his brother-in-law (Anthony Booth) finds it easy to bed his scantily-clad female clients, but really wants to date a sexy female cop (Linda Hayden).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Confessions of a Window Cleaner was the highest grossing film at the U.K. box office in 1974, and it’s easy to see why: full of naughty sexual encounters and low-brow humor, Confessions… is essentially soft-core porn on laughing gas. The script is filled to the brim with groan-inducing double entendres (“I don’t know what came over me.” “Well, it wasn’t me.”), and occasionally stoops a bit too low for laughs, as when Askwith’s pregnant sister (Sheila White) appears to be going into labor, only to let out a huge belch instead — but ultimately it’s all much too innocuous to find fault with. As “Timothy Lea”, Robin Askwith — who looks like a goofy Mick Jagger — is horny but has his heart in the right place, as evidenced by his sincere pursuit of marriage with baby-faced Linda Hayden. Followed by three Confessions… sequels, all starring Askwith as Timmy. Note the following refrain from Timmy’s theme song: “You’re not a loser, you just find it hard to win.” (!!)
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- An overall air of lighthearted silliness
- A bouncy ’70s score
No; despite its historical popularity, this one isn’t must-see viewing — though it’s worth a look if you’re curious. Listed as a Cult Movie in the back of Peary’s book.