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18 July 1984 (France) See more »
New York City ... Open 24 Hours. See more »
Strippers in Manhattan are being stalked and murdered by a psycho. A hard-nosed police detective and a conflicted ex-boxer-turned-private-eye, hired by the strip club owners, set out to find him before he strikes again. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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FEAR CITY (Abel Ferrara, 1984) ** See more (29 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Berenger ... Matt Rossi

Billy Dee Williams ... Al Wheeler

Jack Scalia ... Nicky Parzeno

Melanie Griffith ... Loretta

Rossano Brazzi ... Carmine

Rae Dawn Chong ... Leila

Joe Santos ... Frank

Michael V. Gazzo ... Mike
Jan Murray ... Goldstein
Janet Julian ... Ruby

Daniel Faraldo ... Sanchez

Maria Conchita Alonso ... Silver (as Maria Conchita)

Ola Ray ... Honey
John Foster ... Pazzo
Emilia Crow ... Bibi (as Emilia Lesniak)

Nina Jones ... Dixie

Frank Ronzio ... Harry

Juan Fernández ... Jorge
Jim Boeke ... Architect
Vinny Argiro ... Bruno
Carl Strano ... Priest
Ben Kronen ... Club Announcer

Madison Mason ... Leila's Doctor
Bill Henderson ... Nicky's Doctor

Victor Rivers ... Jimmy
Joe Palese ... Tony
Joe Shea ... Salvi
Bob Yothers ... Sergeant
John Roselius ... Rossi's Manager

Tracy Griffith ... Sandra Cook
Lori Eastside ... Goldy's Girl
Sharon Anton ... Frank's Girlfriend
Barbara Andrews ... Waitress
Jim Brewer ... Jack Donnely (as James Brewer)
Álvaro López ... Rio's Manager
Eddie Ruffalo ... Cornerman
Joy Michael ... Metropole Dancer #1
Linda Lee ... Metropole Dancer #2

Peter Mele ... Hitman #1

Robert Miano ... Hitman #2
Raphael Berko ... Hitman #3
Antony Ponzini ... Mobster #1

Frank Sivero ... Mobster #2

Brent Jennings ... Hawker #1
William Kennedy ... Hawker #2
Robert Giarratano ... Customer #1
Peter Gumeny ... Customer #2

Justin De Rosa ... Policeman #1
Adrian McKnight ... Policeman #2
John Barons ... Policeman #3
Kendall Carly Browne ... Nurse #1
Nancy Mott ... Nurse #2
Christine Greenberg ... Medical Technician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tricia Brown ... Dancer (uncredited)
John Del Rico ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Helen Kelly ... Girl at the Club (uncredited)

Annabelle Larsen ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Abel Ferrara 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nicholas St. John  written by

Produced by
Bruce Cohn Curtis .... producer
Tom Curtis .... executive producer
Jerry Tokofsky .... co-producer
Stanley R. Zupnik .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dick Halligan 
Cinematography by
James Lemmo 
Film Editing by
Jack W. Holmes 
Anthony Redman 
Casting by
Johanna Ray 
Production Design by
Vincent M. Cresciman 
Set Decoration by
Cricket Rowland 
Costume Design by
Linda M. Bass 
Makeup Department
Richard Arrington .... assistant makeup artist
Bruce Johnson .... hair stylist: Mr Williams
Francesca Maxwell .... makeup artist
Julie Purcell .... assistant makeup artist
Michael R. Thomas .... special makeup effects: New York
Production Management
Michael Fottrell .... production manager
Mary Kane .... unit manager: New York
Charles Newirth .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Manoogian .... first assistant director
Rip Murray .... trainee assistant director
Debbie Pinthus .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michael 'Mickey' Beltran .... property master
David L. Glazer .... property master
Janet Kusnick .... illustrator
Robin L. Miller .... set dresser
Scott Moore .... assistant props: New York
Arthur Riddle .... assistant art director
Robert Wesson .... art department assistant: New York
Sound Department
Terry Lynn Allen .... sound editor
George H. Anderson .... sound editor
Ken Beauchene .... boom operator
John Duffy .... sound editor
Scott Hecker .... sound editor
Don MacDougall .... sound re-recording mixer
John L. Mack .... sound re-recording mixer
Anthony Milch .... supervising sound editor
Donald Ortiz .... assistant sound editor
Art Ottinger .... adr editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Edward M. Steidele .... foley editor
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... sound editor
James M. Tanenbaum .... sound mixer
Richard Tyler .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist (uncredited)
John Osiecki .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Benedict Coulter .... visual consultant
Pat Banta .... stunts
Justin De Rosa .... stunt coordinator
Arnaldo L. Díaz .... stunts
Sidney Filson .... stunts
Daryle Ann Lindley .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Holly Bower .... still photographer
John F. Cassidy .... grip: New York
Skip Cook .... key grip
M.J. Elliott .... still photographer
Bill Johnson .... camera operator: second New York
James Kincaid Johnson .... best boy electric
Jeff Levy .... electrician: New York
Don Muchow .... best boy electric: New York
Rick Owen .... electrician: New York
Joe Ritter .... additional second assistant camera
Jeff Smith .... best boy grip (as Jeffrey Smith)
Scott Spencer .... gaffer
Thomas Vanghele .... second assistant camera (as Thomas P. Vanghele)
John Verardi .... first assistant camera
Michael Wilson .... additional first assistant camera
Kory Mills .... grip (uncredited)
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Adam Smith .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Nancy Mott .... extras casting
Joy Todd .... extras casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susie DeSanto .... wardrobe supervisor
Ellen Lutter .... wardrobe assistant: New York
Editorial Department
Sandra Davis .... associate editor
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Barbara Slifka .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
John Osiecki .... score mixer
Terry Plumeri .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Joel Marrow .... transportation coordinator
Joseph Sullivan .... driver
Other crew
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot: New York
Vincent M. Cresciman .... creative consultant
Marty Cusack .... production assistant
Kathryn Doby .... choreographer
Rebecca Greeley .... production coordinator
Coni Lancaster .... production secretary
Álvaro López .... boxing coordinator
David Mirsky .... production coordinator
Harlan Cary Poe .... martial arts choreographer
Amy Rabins .... production executive
John Roselius .... boxing coordinator
Daniel Schott .... assistant to producer
Dwayne Alexander Smith .... production assistant (as Dwayne A. Smith)
Dale Tate .... title designer
Kathryn Zatarga .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The name of the killer featured in the film was never revealed, nor is the actor who played him during the end credits of the film.See more »
Al Wheeler:[as Rossi drives off] There's nothing I hate more than guineas in Cadillacs.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Blue Thunder (1983)See more »
New York DollSee more »


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
FEAR CITY (Abel Ferrara, 1984) **, 20 May 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This early flick from Abel Ferrara piles on the sleaze as it deals with a group of strippers being hounded by an unknown night-time assailant; from a surprisingly good cast for such cheap exploitation fare, Melanie Griffith scores best as the most popular stripper around, who also happens to be her moody boss (Tom Berenger)'s ex, indulges in a lesbian relationship on the side (with fellow stripper Rae Dawn Chong) and turns into a full-blown junkie when the latter dies at the hands of our good friend, the serial killer. Nice clean family fare, then, right? While the film remains watchable throughout and even has a handful of amusing sequences (most notably when, having been mistaken for the killer, the wrong guy gets beaten up in the kitchen of one of these clubs) and performances (in particular, Michael V. Gazzo as an irascible strip-joint owner), it is seriously damaged by a frankly dull hero (or rather anti-hero, since we're basically talking about an ex-boxer-turned-pimp here) and a very silly villain (a karate expert/fitness freak/budding writer). Billy Dee Williams also stars as an irate cop disgusted by all the squalor around him and Rossano Brazzi turns up for a free plate of pasta as the pre-requisite "respectable" mobster overseeing NYC's underworld. For the record, the film was originally bankrolled by Twentieth-Century Fox but they eventually sold the property to an independent company in view of its objectionable content and a cleaned-up, padded-out version eventually made the rounds on US TV and European videos; also, the actor playing the serial killer remains uncredited to the end, just as the killer's name is never known throughout the film.

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