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When talking about Dirty O'Neil and its plot, we must first understand that what we are dealing with is a true sexploitation movie. With that out in the open, it would be a sin not to give it credit for occasionally rising above its subgenre, especially in terms of the acting performances. Morgan Paull plays the titular Jimmy O'Neil, a former Vietnam soldier and now a beat cop who enjoys spending his days serving the men and women of a small California town—with an emphasis on the women. You see, Jimmy spends more time having sex than he does policing.
But he uses his badge to get the ladies into bed, capitalizing on their misfortunes. All of that changes when three vagabonds come to town and rape one of Jimmy's lovers. Before dealing with them, Jimmy first has to come to terms with what they represent, namely his fear of eventually becoming just like them, if he is to continue acting like a sex machine afraid of real commitment. Commitment is, therefore, the central theme of the film, and one that directors Lewis Teague and Leon Capetanos (also the screenwriter) wanted to express by juxtaposing violence and sex in the little vignettes that Dirty O’Neil is comprised of.