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Savage Streets (1984)

A teenage vigilante seeks revenge on a group of violent thugs who raped her handicapped sister and killed her best friend.

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An altercation between a group of girls out for the night and a gang of local punks leaves the punks vowing revenge. It comes in the form of the gang-rape of a young mute (Heather) and her older sister (Brenda) starts hunting the gang in turn - armed with bear traps and crossbow. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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5 October 1984 (USA)  »

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Calles salvajes  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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The BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) demanded a total of 24 minutes worth of cuts to the film before its release in the UK. At the time, the BBFC had a virtually zero tolerance to sexual violence, and the use of a crossbow. See more »

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When Jake follows Vince to the alley in his car to run him over, the person that Jake is aiming for and ultimately hits is obviously a stuntman. We do see Vince once he's bleeding on the pavement. See more »

Quotes

Principal Underwood: [Brenda is standing in Underwood's office after the fight with Cindy] Now I'm sorry about your sister, Brenda. The police are doing everything they can. But she shouldn't have been there in the first place.
Brenda: Fuck you!
Principal Underwood: [smiles] You're a tough little bitch, aren't you? I like that. But I don't give second warnings. So consider yourself suspended.
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The Quiet Ones You Gotta Watch
Written by John Farnham and Wayne Nelson
Performed by John Farnham
Produced by Randy Bishop, Wayne Nelson and John Farnham
Engineered by Hanspeter Huber
(C) 1984 Wheatley Music PTY Ltd / Sub-published in U.S. by Australian Tumbleweed Music
(P) 1984 MCA Records, Inc.
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Blair and Quigley, an exploitation "one-two"
2 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is not a film that anyone is proud of, I'm sure.

The mere premise of Linda Blair as a street tough is enough to crack me up. And, when you see her in action, spouting the insipid dialogue, you wish that you were watching The Exorcist again.

SAVAGE STREETS, despite some dull parts, is entertaining. The locales are seedy, the music is canned. Blair is hilariously butch. John Vernon is solid as the strutting principal.

But the film is painful to watch in some parts. A good example is the rape scene with Quigley. Linnea is playing a deaf girl who's character is underage. So when the camera shows her trying to scream, having her clothes ripped off by toughs, it is anything but entertaining. I felt that Quigley, as is her usual, was attempting to make her part as credible as possible. Her performance is much better than the film, but the script and direction fail her. I was upset when she was attacked in the film; it is a tasteless and gratuitous scene.

Of course, good taste and restraint were the last things I expected from this film.

The rape scene is a plot point, however.When Blair goes on her brief rampage, you know where this movie is headed storywise. The film turns into Death Wish, with hints of high school delinquint movies.

Too many borrowed ideas, and not enough real humor; SAVAGE STREETS is an exploitation film without irony.


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