Steve, an angry kid from Scarsdale, avoids both the draft and the Vietnam War by fleeing to Canada, joining a horny hippie commune—run by Sunny, (top-billed LINDA SOUTHERN) — and spending his days surrounded by sex, drugs, naked hippies, sex, orgies, and sex.

Meanwhile, back in New York, Steve’s friend Phil, "a high-principled weirdo," deals with the draft a bit differently. Trying to make sense of the Vietnam War ("A real nice gift from the French!’), Phil meets with a disabled soldier friend who flat out warns him to keep out of the Army (Don’t let ’em get ya! If I were you I’d do anything to stay out!"), rejects a job his father arranges that would give him a five-year deferment, attends an underground anti-draft party, and finally joins an anti-war waitress and a radical priest in destroying the files at a local draft office.

It’s as if these two separate guys exist in two separate worlds — or, more to the point, two separate movies. And guess what? They do!

Once upon a time, New fork-based WILLIAM MISHKIN churned out a steady stream of sleaze for the grindhouse circuit — films like Orgy at Lil’s Place, Naked in the Wind, Heat of Madness, and Andy Milligan epics ranging from The Promiscuous Sex to Bloodthirsty Butchers to Fleshpot on 42nd St. When his son LEWIS MISHKIN joined the family biz, his first project was an attempt to rise above the sexploitation gutter with a then-timely drama about draft dodging, protesting the Vietnam War, and the above-mentioned Phil. Written, produced, and directed by SIMON NUCHTERN (The Girl Grabbers), it was called Cowards and promptly bombed at the box office in 1970.

In true exploitation-film tradition, Cowards quickly underwent emergency surgery: some of the original footage was dropped (as was Nuchtern’s name from the cr