Jamie Gillis is an underworld chieftain, Don Luciano, who's threatened with deportation to Italy. Enter his niece (and the convenient plot contrivance), Lili Carati, who's just fled Italy. Her gangster-lover (Marc Wallice) just got it with both barrels of a shotgun after their love scene, proving once again, there's a sex critic lurking in every bush.
To avoid going back to the homeland, Gillis is out to blackmail the ruling judge in the case, Mike Horner, who looks better in Frederick's of Hollywood than his black robes. Gillis needs a whore to set Horner up and approaches old associate Eddie Peroni (Joey Silvera) who happens to work in the whore industry. Silvera balks because he doesn't want to betray client privilege —an interesting ethical stance to take under the circumstances.
Gillis has Silvera's sexually non-enthusiastic (she pulls a half slip over her head when they make love) wife, Tracey Adams "borrowed" to force Silvera's hand. He sends a pair of Adams' panties in the mail as proof. You see, Gillis is really a civilized guy at heart. It could have been an ear or a finger. And as further proof of his good faith, Gillis refuses to fool around with Adams. But it's an adult film, and Gillis' ethics are slightly less defined than Silvera's.
To make a long story short, niece Carati is recruited as "the whore." But, after all her trouble of going through a sex scene with Horner, Gillis decides to call the whole deal off. A couple of other notes get added to send everyone packing off into the sunset in their Lincoln Continentals. We discover Wallice was Adams' brother, so the fact he got wasted, supposedly under Silvera's cloak of protection, doesn't make Adams a happy returned wife/camper.
Adams (the real focus in this piece) adds deft, offbeat touches to The Whore, giving it an edge of respectability, that carrying on like a Better Midler in Outrageous Fortune (though similar motives and temptation would be there) would not. The story works well within this framework, the picture has a nice clean, easy-going look and the sex scenes are well-cued and erotic. But then, it's a deRenzy picture, isn't it? Shot on 35 mm film and a must have.