"The URIAN Anthology 1970-1977"
Uhaw, a money-raker, is nothing but a disgusting piece of pornography. An impotent husband (Lito Legaspi), his sex-starved bride (Merle Fernandez), and a most accommodating male friend (Tito Galla) make the love triangle, propped up with ten sex scenes. In the end, the husband is killed in an accident, the guilt-ridden adulteress who attempts suicide survives, and her lover waits for her in the hospital. Between start and finish are generous opportunities for the cast to exhibit their skills in histrionic acting and in the realization of sexual bliss.
(photo source: The URIAN Anthology 1990-1999)There is nothing redeemable in the movie, for two reasons: 1) characterization, the basis for drama in film, is zero (we never get to know who the characters are as people, and how they relate emotionally to each other in the triangle); and 2) the movie is obviously a “quickie” which has neither script nor direction in some scenes; the canned music stops abruptly; the dialogues are fit for radio drama, not film, and overacting mars the actors’ performances.
Uhaw’s huge commercial success is not gauge at all that it is a good film. One despairs over the audience’s inability to distinguish between quality movies and bad movies. To be blamed in this case is producer-director Ruben Abalos who hits the right formula for success--- sex. The audience, most of them already thirsty for this fare, laps it all up.
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Article source: “Uhaw: Unang Bomba” by Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr., originally published in Pilipino Reporter, November 10, 1970/ compiled in the book, The URIAN Anthology 1970-1979