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Tommy Lee Jones,
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
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When location director Paul Pav was scouting porno shops for the film,he was stonewalled. Paul remembered, "That was the worst experience of my life. They're all scared to talk to you. If you say to a manager that you want to film in his porn shop, he says, 'Get out!' Then you have to go and find the owner of the shop. That's the most difficult thing. They're often lawyers and doctors. I'd have to leave my name, then someone would call me back. Often I wound up talking to people behind closed doors." See more »
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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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