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Fran Morrison
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Orin Dietrich
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Wanda
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Swifty
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Dee Dee
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Giselle
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Keogh
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Gustavino
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Lester Traube
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Geist
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Harold Levine
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Based on Gail Sheehy's book, this film chronicles how a reporter for a New York City magazine decided to investigate the city's prostitution industry to find out just who was making all the money. What she found out caused a firestorm of controversy--that many of the city's richest and most powerful families and corporations benefited directly and indirectly from the illegal sex business. Written by Anonymous

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The girls, the cops, the cheap hotels, the twilight world of ... Hustling

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22 February 1975 (USA)  »

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Sally Kirkland auditioned for Jill Clayburgh's role. See more »

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When Fran's article is finally published, closeup of magazine cover does not contain a price, date or any other information always found on cover. See more »

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Fran Morrison: I just don't get it?
Keogh: Get what?
Fran Morrison: The whole logic of law enforcement. You don't arrest the pimps, you don't arrest the johns, you don't touch the owners of these fleabag hotels, but you're going to beat this monolith by busting Wanda and Dee Dee and forty other girls a night and tossing them in the bullpen. If you really wanted to stop illegal racetrack gambling would you put the racehorses in jail?
Keogh: [laughs] Whoever said anything about logic.
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Cliche-burdened film.
30 July 2002 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

This film is based upon Gail Sheehy's pseudo-sociological book dealing with streetwalking prostitution in midtown New York, and features Lee Remick as a middle class magazine journalist who selects one particular harlot named Wanda (Jill Clayburgh) with whom she somewhat bonds in the course of investigating unsavoury real estate dealings involving socially prominent figures who ostensibly benefit from prostitution income. Despite the use of open mikes and harshly grained lighting to bring about a sense of aural and visual realism, the work suffers from a romantic approach to its subject, presenting the prostitutes and local police who arrest them as one reluctantly interlaced family, with the pimps grotesque caricatures, and the direction by Joseph Sargent vying with Jerry Fielding's jazzy score for being the most unimaginative contribution, whereas those real problems associated with this type of vice activity: venereal disease, the deleterious effect upon local business establishments, etc., are barely touched upon, indeed being submerged beneath a flurry of bootless subplots.


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