The Sister-in-Law

The Sister-in-Law is a 1974 soft core sexplotation drama film written and directed by Joseph Ruben. The plot centers around a hippie who is desired by his sister-in-law and mistaken for his underhanded brother after he returns to middle-class life. The film was his directorial debut starting his thirty year long career. The film was shot in JFK International Airport, Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. [1]

The Sister-in-Law
Theatrical poster to The Sister-in-Law
Directed byJoseph Ruben
Produced byJoseph Ruben
Jonathan Noah Krivine
Written byJoseph Ruben
StarringJohn Savage
Will MacMillan
Anne Saxon
Music byJohn Savage
CinematographyBruce G. Sparks
Edited byGeorge Bowers
Distributed byCrown International Pictures
Release date
  • 1974 (1974)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film received an R rating from the MPAA for soft nudity, soft sex scenes and some violence.[2]


"She Helped Her Husband Destroy His Brother By The Most Immoral Act Imaginable"

"She Kept It All In The Family!"


Robert Strong (John Savage), a singer-songwriter who has been traveling the country, makes a mistake when he goes to visit his brother, Edward (Will MacMillan), and gets involved with his bored sister-in-law, Joanna (Anne Saxon).

Robert and his brother's mistress, Deborah Holt (Meridith Baer), try to help his brother get away from working in drug smuggling.

It may or may not be a mistake, which turns out deadly.[3]

Principal cast

John SavageRobert Strong
Will MacMillanEdward Strong
Anne SaxonJoanna Strong
Meridith BaerDeborah Holt
Frank SciosciaBenjo

Feature film debut of Anne Saxon, who plays the titular sister-in-law. This is also the only known film appearance by Ms. Saxon. There has been some speculation that she used an assumed name while making the film.

John Savage who starred as the principle lead in this film also provided much of the music. He wrote and performed three original songs for the film.

Michael Ruben: close family member of the film's director, writer, and producer Joseph Ruben appears as the young son of Edward and Joanna Strong.

Home media

Like other films distributed by Crown International Pictures, The Sister-in-Law is readily available through VOD and often included in DVD collections of similar films from the 1970s such as The Pom Pom Girls and Blue Money, through Mill Creek Entertainment and other companies.[4]

See also


  2. Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Playground Daily News, Friday 13 June 1975, Volume 30, Number 109, page 5C.

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