A 16 year old girl turns to prostitution to support her baby and encounters a treacherous underworld of pimps, hookers and johns while doing her best to maintain her hopes and dignity.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Mayo ...
Ruby
Jackie Berryman ...
Carla
David Dean ...
Easy
L. Rico Richardson ...
Jojo (as Rico L. Richardson)
Debra Dion ...
Sandy (as Debbie Dion)
Lili ...
Rita
Randolph Pitts ...
First trick
Walter Klenhard ...
Last Trick
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Barber shop pimp (as Haskell Anderson)
Andre Waters ...
Barber shop pimp
Willie ...
Barber
Ed Pansullo ...
Porno Producer
Anne Gaybis ...
Movie Girl (as Annie Gaybis)
Tara Gable ...
Movie Girl
Alex Cox ...
Porno Stud
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Ruby Star is a runaway teenage mom facing many problems: a baby, no family and no job. When all else fails, she turns to prostitution in the streets of Hollywood and soon discovers a hierarchy of pimps and hookers who rule with iron fist and won't allow her to work as an independent. After a series of brutal lessons in both the legitimate and illegitimate world, Ruby reluctantly agrees to a strictly business arrangement with Carla, a thirty year old black prostitute who takes her under her wing, and Easy, her charismatic but gambling white pimp. This arrangement however undermines Easy's standing in the pimp community and triggers a series of dramatic ripples and upheavals. A revealing, heartfelt portrait of life in the underbelly of America where racism still flourishes, 'welfare' is a dirty word to those who need it most, and monetary gain the cold priority, be it Ruby's fruitless consult with the Women's Vocational Institute, or the economics of pimping. Shot on Hollywood boulevard... Written by Rose-Martie Turko

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This was the first feature-length film Alex Cox worked on. He was the assistant director, subject matter consultant and appeared in the movie twice as Porno Stud. Right after this he directed 'Repo Man (1984)'. See more »

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Ruby: My mother thinks I'm the devil and that God is a UFO.
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Scarring watch of reality
5 March 2016 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

Yes, part of the Palace Explosive Video, releases, one of a few, apart from the horrors, is another deserved'd watch that may of slipped through the cracks, with the likes of Rape Squad. And what do we have, another well made pic, with unknowns, and some nice fitting 80's sleaze and wonderful cheese, that warrants a sit down viewing. Yes this starts off, like a lot of films of this ilk: Underage mother/girl, splits to make money to support her kid, by cheaply prostituting herself, and who should come along, but Mr Charming Nice Guy pimp, who takes her in, tests her out, where come morning, our thin lass gets some healthy advice from Mr Pimp, regarding Mcdonald's. Soon, she's meeting other sleazeoids and getting involved of course in porn with flabby male co stars, in wannabe Star Wars'ish pics. Our lass doesn't turn in half a bad performance. But too Scarred is a well intended drama, that constitutes good quality film, and the story never deviates, from the prime character's aim, to make enough money to split and start up her new life with her kid, but too, taking off with her best friend, also a pro, she meets. Only our little hussy star is not the easiest person to like, and she comes off as quite antagonistic, and honestly, isn't someone I really like to get to know, if crossing her in real life. On a realistic level, this movie is really good, and shouldn't be overlooked, where there's a lot of skin, a couple of kinky sex scenes, and some occasional humping too. It's a tight set drama, with some amateurish moments, and may even be a film that came off a bit better, than it intended to be.


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