“Tank” strapping scene repost
I am sure I have posted this before, but I came across this scene again today and I forget how much I enjoy it. It has everything I feel a good discipline video requires. He does not express anger, simply the fact that it is clear she broke a rule of some sort and there are to be consequences for that action. He is very matter-a-fact with his “pull up your little shirt there and take down your drawers”. It seems like a realistic punishment and ranks very high on my all time best movie spanking scenes.
Comments:This IS a good scene, in isolation, and lord knows Jenilee Harrison is an attractive woman and was very sexy in that role. Having seen the entire movie, I have trouble enjoying the scene because the sheriff is blatantly, cynically and cruelly abusing his authority, not just in this instance but throughout the movie. He's one of the son-of-a-bitchiest sons of bitches in the history of fiction.
Something that surprised me (which must be a function of how LONG it's been since I watched this) was to notice who's playing the deputy. In a throwaway minor part in what is, in the end, a minor movie, that's James Cromwell! I think of him now as a prestigious actor; back then he must have been scrambling for any role he could get. So, The Farmer from the sheepherding pig movie Babe, and Zefram Cochrane from Star Trek: First Contact, and Dr. Alfred Lanning from I, Robot (among many other roles) was playing the dim-witted, horny deputy.
I remember the first time I saw the Tank scene. It was in 1984 and my parents were moving me to college in Pennsylvania. We stopped at a hotel on the way and we shared a room. This movie came on and I remember how uncomfortable I was when this scene played because I was so turned on and my parents had no idea I was a spanko.
Now if you've noticed, we also have a young James Cromwell in this scene. I've actually met him before and I'm sorry I couldn't ask him how that scene was shot. (too many vanillas in the room and I didn't want to potentially embarrass him)
What gets me, is the Sheriff is swinging his belt at a strange angle. If you're using a floppy implement like a leather belt, you really have to watch your aim and point of impact. If you're gonna pop a girl's butt while she's on her belly you'd swing up and down at a 90 degree angle so you don't rap her or hit another part of her anatomy that is not meant to be hit at full force.
Like the rest of the nasty minded perverts out in the world, that scene will always be one of my favorites. You never see her bare butt getting popped, but the sound of the belt does get your imagination started, does it not?
Sarah is the local prostitute that the sheriff allows to work in his town because the Army base is nearby. Most likely, the sheriff gets a cut of what she makes, so in turn, he is her boss (pimp). Therefore, he punishes her as he sees fit, and rather than beat up her face or mark her with coat hangers, which would put her out of work for awhile, he uses his belt to give her a good old fashioned southern strapping. It will also serve as a reminder to Sarah when she lays on her back that evening at work. She submits to the strapping because she's a whore and it's the only town she can work in without getting hassled by the local authorities. And besides her obvious poor living conditions, she probably makes pretty good money. Another reason she takes the whipping is she's young, probably without any family, so she views the sheriff as her father figure.
While there wasn't another scene in the movie, I imagine she submitted to many similar strappings. Although she was reluctant, she sure knew what to do when he ordered her to pull up her shirt and get her drawers down. I know they cut the scene before the whipping was over, but I always wondered how many licks she would have received. 8? 12? 16? More?