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Streetwalkin' (1985)

Cookie and her brother run away from their loveless mother in the province and arrive in New York. At the train station Cookie meets the fancy man Duke. With his charm he makes her fall in ... See full summary »

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Cookie
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Duke
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Jason (as Leon Robinson)
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Finesse
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Queen Bee
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Tim
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Phoebe
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Heather
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Star
Julie Cohen ...
Tricia
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Creepy
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Spade
Jaison Walker ...
Willy
Michael Torres ...
Numbers Seller
Bill Shuman ...
John in Convertible
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Cookie and her brother run away from their loveless mother in the province and arrive in New York. At the train station Cookie meets the fancy man Duke. With his charm he makes her fall in love with him and soon has her working as prostitute. However his brutality against her colleagues disgusts her. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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She dropped out of high school this morning ... Tonight she's a Times Square hooker.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »
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20 September 1985 (USA)  »

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City Streets  »

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The opening shot of Cookie arriving in New York City via bus was filmed on the last day of shooting. See more »

Goofs

During the domination scene with Cookie, Star and the Masochistic Businessman in the hotel, the boom mic/pole is reflected in the mirror several times. See more »

Connections

Remade as Uncaged (1991) See more »

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Look Into My Eyes
by Pauline Just
Performed by The Reds
Courtesy of International Film Music, Inc.
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Streetwalkin'! It's a crazy life!
5 August 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Future Oscar winner Melissa Leo is radiant here in a very early big screen appearance. She plays "Cookie", a runaway girl, who's fleeing an abusive stepfather and pitiless mother, along with her younger brother Tim (Randall Batinkoff). Almost immediately after arriving at the Port Authority bus terminal, she's targeted by a pimp named Duke (Dale Midkiff of "Pet Sematary"). Grateful that he gives the two of them a place to stay, she's soon turning tricks for the guy, but turns sour on him when he brutally beats her friend Heather (Deborah Offner). When she thinks of switching pimps, things escalate to the point where he's spending an eventful night tracking her down, intending on doling out some serious punishment.

While "Streetwalkin'" is to be commended for being reasonably sleazy and offering an appropriately grim look at the whole world of hookers and pimps, there's really nothing that's special here. The ladies all look great, of course. Julie Newmar of 'Batman' fame shows that she could still turn heads at 50 something years of age, and gives a solid performance as a worldly veteran prostitute. Writer / producer Robert Alden and writer / director Joan Freeman maintain a respectable enough pace, use their locations well, and create the right look for the movie with cinematographer Steven Fierberg. Leo is an appealing protagonist, and Midkiff is definitely amusing as a creep who won't be deterred from his mission. He takes a lot of abuse on his way to the inevitable showdown. Leon, Antonio Fargas, Annie Golden, Khandi Alexander, Julie Cohen, Greg Germann, and Kirk "The Giggler" Taylor round out a decent supporting cast. This viewer particularly liked singer Golden as the pathetic junkie hooker Phoebe.

The movie might have had more impact if it weren't so obviously reminiscent of "Vice Squad". One thing's for sure: Midkiff is no Wings Hauser.

Six out of 10.


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