The Bitch is a British film released in 1979. It is a sequel to The Stud (1978), and both films were based on novels by British author Jackie Collins. Like its predecessor, the film starred her sister, Joan Collins, as Fontaine Khaled.
Fontaine Khaled (Collins) is the owner of a trendy disco who is now facing financial problems. At the same time, she also has to deal with the various men in her life, as well as the Mafia.
The plot of the film differs slightly from that of the novel, particularly the ending.
Although both The Stud and The Bitch were generally panned by critics, they were nevertheless both commercial successes and helped to revive Joan Collins’ career. In 1981, her performance in The Bitch attracted the attention ofAaron Spelling and Esther and Richard Shapiro when they were looking for an actress to play the part of Alexis Carringtonin their TV series Dynasty.
The film features a disco soundtrack, in a similar vein to Saturday Night Fever, and the theme song to the film performed by The Olympic Runners became a UK Top 40 hit single in August 1979.