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A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits.

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Jake VanDorn
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Andy Mast
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Niki
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Wes DeJong
Leonard Gaines ...
Ramada
Dave Nichols ...
Kurt (as David Nichols)
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Tod (as Gary Rand Graham)
Larry Block ...
Detective Burrows
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Ratan
Leslie Ackerman ...
Felice
Charlotte McGinnis ...
Beatrice (as Charlotte McGinnes)
Ilah Davis ...
Kristen VanDorn
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Joe VanDorn
Will Walker ...
Jism Jim
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Big Dick Blaque
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Storyline

Jake Van Dorn is a businessman from the American heartland who shares strong Calvinist convictions with most of his countrymen. His teenage daughter is missing from her church youth convention trip to California and Van Dorn hires a private investigator to find her. The result of the investigation is his daughter is spotted in a cheap X-rated movie. Van Dorn decides to bring her back personally and during the quest he becomes familiar with the pornographic underworld. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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"Oh my God, that's my daughter."

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27 April 1979 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

¿Dónde está mi hija?  »

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Writer-director Paul Schrader said of this film for the movie's publicity: "After you take down the white picket fence of traditional morality, where do you set it up again? What can we permit? What can we tolerate? At what point must society say, NO! - this is not acceptable!". See more »

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Panties suddenly appear on Niki's fully nude body in the peep booth. This goof is seen on old video and cable un-matted versions. (On DVD, the portion showing that Nikki has panties is properly cropped out and doesn't show.) See more »

Quotes

Niki: Look, how important do you think sex is?
Jake VanDorn: Not very.
Niki: Well then we're just alike. I mean, you think it's so unimportant that you don't even do it. I think it's so unimportant that I don't care who I do it with.
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Brutally honest, disturbing drama
5 February 1999 | by (Chicago, Il) – See all my reviews

George C. Scott gives one of his best performances as a respected, religious, businessman who sees his daughter off for a church camp and is shocked when she turns up missing. His search leads him to the seedy world of pornography where scummy private detective Peter Boyle finds her in a porno movie. The search leads on as Scott enlists the aid of a hooker.

A moving, powerful look at morality and the wrong turns some of us take - whether we know it or not.

This is a great drama save for an abrupt conclusion (writer/director Paul Shrader also abruptly ended his equally superb "Blue Collar") that is not for those easily offended.


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