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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 »
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 »
Look, how important do you think sex is?
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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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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