A man wanders out of the desert after a four year absence. His brother finds him, and together they return to L.A. to reunite the man with his young son. Soon after, he and the boy set out ... See full summary »
Harry Dean Stanton,
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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George C. Scott and director Paul Schrader did not get along, so much so that at one point Scott refused to come out of his trailer and threatened to quit the film. Scott only agreed to come out after forcing Schrader to promise that he would never direct again (obviously, Schrader went back on his promise). 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 »
Dutch Calvinist father searches for daughter who's off on a lark in the California world of hardcore films. Insights: This film begins in the northwest side of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the neighborhood where Paul Shrader and I grew up. It opens with scenes of the hill where we snow-slid; and the kids leave from the Broadway CRC church we both attended. All Grand Rapids folks would find the intro interesting. As if on a foreign planet, George C. Scott must learn to function in the California porn world looking for his daughter - but he is resourceful and has an insider's help. The films end was filmed around Broadway in San Francisco where I happened to work in 1978 as a banker - an interesting coincidence.
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