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Release Date:
June 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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Every year girls move to the city determined to make their dreams come true ... or die trying. See more »
Plot:
A man investigates the disappearance of his sister with the help of her roommate. He uncovers a trail of prostitution, incest, blackmail...and murder. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Lawrence Day ... Eric (as Lawrence S. Day)
Lora Staley ... Louise
Neil Dainard ... Tony

Lenore Zann ... Tina
Claudia Udy ... Andrea
Page Fletcher ... Mark

Michael Ironside ... Sgt. Skylar (as Mike Ironside)
Larry Aubrey ... Dolly
Michael Copeman ... Fixer (as Mike Copeman)
Bunty Webb ... Operator
Tom Harvey ... Hamilton
Paul Bradley ... Motel Manager
Peter Lavender ... Wally

Martin Doyle ... Tanner (as Marty Doyle)
Don MacQuarrie ... Mugger

Alexandra Paul ... Isabelle
Nancy Oliver ... Marie
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Directed by
Don McBrearty 
 
Writing credits
John Sheppard (screenplay)

John Gault (story) &
Steven Blake (story)

Produced by
Anthony Kramreither .... executive producer
Derrett Lee .... associate producer
Paul Lynch .... executive producer
Ray Sager .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Zaza 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel Hainey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ian McBride 
 
Casting by
Lucinda Sill 
 
Production Design by
Andrew Deskin 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Deskin 
 
Makeup Department
Miriam Freifeld .... hair stylist
Miriam Freifeld .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fran Solomon .... assistant production manager
Robert Wertheimer .... production manager (as Bob Wertheimer)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hugh McLean .... second assistant director
David Pamplin .... first assistant director
Lindsae Paterson .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Ken Clark .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Elius Caruso .... re-recording
Jack Heeren .... post sync dialogue
Dan Latour .... sound mixer
Ian McBride .... sound editor
Peter McBurnie .... post sync effects
Reynald Trudel .... boom
 
Stunts
Dwayne McLean .... fight coordinator
Dwayne McLean .... stunt double
Shelley Cook .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Barrie .... camera assistant
Ian Bresolin .... electric
Paul Fox .... clapper loader
Bill Heintz .... key grip
Craig Heintz .... second grip
John Herzog .... gaffer
Mark Mavrinac .... third grip (as Mark Mavernac)
Hugh McLean .... stills
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ariadna Ochrymovych .... wardrobe supervisor
Martha Wynne Snetsinger .... wardrobe assistant (as Martha Snetsinger)
 
Editorial Department
Karen Hall .... assistant editor
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutting (as Katerin Rankin)
 
Transportation Department
Richard Quinlan .... driver captain
 
Other crew
Tannis C. Baker .... script supervisor (as Tannis Baker)
John Gill .... production assistant
Paul Lynch .... title design
Robyn Rosenberg .... production assistant (as Robin Rosenberg)
 
Thanks
Paul Zaza .... our thanks to
 
Crew believed to be complete


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88 min
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Australia:M | Canada:R (Ontario) | USA:R
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Director Cameo: [Don McBrearty]Patron in strip club.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Mostly a bore, 6 December 2001
Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC

Despite what the title states, the movie actually takes place in Toronto. Though like most Canadian movies, it is hesitant to say where it's actually taking place - you have to look for clues, such as seeing part of the CN Tower in the background during the final sequence.

As for the movie itself, it's pretty poor overall. It's relentlessly padded, with only a few turns in the story itself. Much of the movie consists of people talking, or to showcase the abundant nudity. Though that latter element may sound like it makes the movie worth watching, it's actually drearily presented, without it being the least erotic.

In fact, every location in the movie comes across as degenerate and filthy - never have I seen Toronto bathed in such an unflattering light. Actually, it's a change of pace for a Canadian movie, and with the movie taking place in a sleazy part of society, it seems somewhat appropriate. Though I'm sure this wasn't intentional, because this was a really low budget movie (only a $200,000 budget - Canadian dollars!), and the production values certainly show it, most notably the lack of adequate lighting.

To be fair, the slasher sequences aren't that bad - the squalid locations and the dark lighting actually give them some atmosphere, and the direction of these sequences show a little imagination (unlike the hopeless direction elsewhere.) And the movie does give B movie fans a chance to see Michael Ironside in not just an early role, but one that gives him the rare opportunity to play a good guy. Aside from those things, the movie is probably only of interest to people interested in Canadian tax shelter movies of this era.

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