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 »


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 »


Jake VanDorn: Turn it off! Turn if off! TURN IT OFF!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bride of the Monster (1993) See more »


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Written by Jack Virgil Skinner
Performed by Byron Berline & Sundance
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Powerful, But A Tough Movie To Watch
25 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an extremely sordid movie, but one you never forget. I saw it in the theater almost 20 years ago and it was shocking then, so much so that I've only seen it once since and have no desire to see it again. It just left such a bad taste in my mouth.

This is a frightening picture of the pornography business 20 years ago featuring about everything you can think of in that seedy world. Unfortunately, the story centers around finding a girl from a "religious" family and the father, played by George C. Scott, is painted as something of a fanatic. He's portrayed as a cold and violent figure. (Hey, Hollywood isn't going to portray a Christian father as kind and loving.) Yet, Scott is not all that bad because he still is extremely dedicated father who went to all lengths to get his daughter back.

This movie really shows the sleazy side of the entire porno business and, thankfully, it doesn't glamorize any of it. Peter Boyle is good as the detective and Season Hubley is interesting as the prostitute who gives you her ideas on life in the business. This is a fascinating film in parts but also very tough to view in a number of areas. This may sound naive, but when I saw this in 1979, I was stunned that this type of sick-underbelly of a society existed....at least to this degree. I can't imagine what's out there today.

In summary, a very powerful but brutal movie to watch, especially if you have kids of your own.

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