Hardcore (1979)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  27 April 1979 (West Germany)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake VanDorn
Andy Mast
Wes DeJong
Leonard Gaines ...
Dave Nichols ...
Kurt (as David Nichols)
Tod (as Gary Rand Graham)
Larry Block ...
Detective Burrows
Leslie Ackerman ...
Charlotte McGinnis ...
Beatrice (as Charlotte McGinnes)
Ilah Davis ...
Kristen VanDorn
Joe VanDorn
Will Walker ...
Jism Jim
Big Dick Blaque


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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A movie with the same title, Fiona (1977), a heavily fictionalized autobiography of 70s sex superstar Fiona Richmond, had been made and released just a couple of years earlier in 1977. Both pictures had story-lines dealing with the daughters of religious men. See more »


When Jake has returned to L.A. and fires his detective, he creates a list of establishments to do his own research and that evening and drives around visiting places on his list. The first place he visits has a street number of 739 (visible in frame) but in looking at address detail in the long shot of the list itself, there are no references to a street number of 739 anywhere. See more »


[after Jake explains TULIP theology]
Niki: And I thought I was fucked up.
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Featured in The Dark Side of Porn: Does Snuff Exist? (2006) See more »


Precious Memories
Written by Buck Owens
Performed by Susan Raye
Courtesy of Buck Owens Enterprises and Capitol Records
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Hit me "Hard", even though I wasn't yet a father
27 September 1999 | by (Norcross, GA USA) – See all my reviews

Now that George C. Scott has passed away, many of my on-line acquaintances were citing selections from the movie "Patton" as their favorite on-screen quotes from the late actor.

My personal favorite, however, comes from what was the turning point of Scott's character in this movie. I pitied what Jake Van Dorn saw (then couldn't bear to see) as he watched his daughter coupling with the stringy-haired porn actor. Then I pitied him more as he unsuccessfully tried to crash the porn world in search of his only child. Finally, Scott made Van Dorn's final desperation palpable as he sat in the dimly lit motel room, head in his hands (although the toupee WAS hilarious) after "interviewing" the parade of hapless "actors" and "actresses".

When Van Dorn raises his tired eyes to see that the individual who just entered his room is the stringy-haired actor ("Jism Jim"), Scott's acting, the camera flashbacks and the music made me lean very close to the screen. As Van Dorn showed his little girl's picture to Jim, who thereupon throws a tantrum ("That BI***, do I have to act with HER? She made my c*** so...") I found myself very happy to watch Van Dorn beat the stuffing out of Jim with the table lamp.

And the quote? Van Dorn's, in George C. Scott's comforting, whiskey-cured voice as he prepares to shove Jim into a cold shower for some interrogation:


R. I. P. Mr. Scott.

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