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Street Smart (1987)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  20 March 1987 (USA)
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A New York journalist lies when his fake story about a pimp describes a real pimp up for murder.

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Jonathan Fisher
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Punchy
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Alison Parker
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Art Sheffield
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Ed Van Nuys ...
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Magazine reporter Jonathan Fisher, in danger of losing his job, promises to write a factual hard-hitting story of prostitution. But when he tries to get information from the subjects, he is ignored. So he ends up faking a well received story of a pimp, describing his life and crimes. But police think the story is of a real life pimp who is wanted for murder and start pressuring him to reveal the identity of subject in his story, and all he knows. The pimp the police suspect, also thinks the story is about himself, and wants to know what Jonathan knows, and who told him. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Armação Perigosa  »

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$1,119,112 (USA)
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Trivia

One of the locations used was the old Seville Theater in a rundown section of St. Catherine Street near the old Montreal Forum. By that time the theater had been closed for quite a while and they redressed it as an Adult Movie Theater on NYC's 42nd Street leaving many to believe that the Seville Theater was being turned in a porno palace. After the filming was down everything was taken down and the theater still remains to this day (December 2006) closed, but is basically a shell as the owners have let it fall into disrepair. But the city has deemed that the front of the building historically important architecture and will not allow the building to be torn down unless they incorporate the front of the building into the new project. See more »

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Right when Punch and her pimp enter the party, the editor announces them at the door..They cut to a woman on the stairs and Punchies leopard skin leotard clad legs are stretched out behind her. They have a scene on the stairs a few minutes later. See more »

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Fast Black: [to his partner who was running away from him] Reggie, are you crazy? What the hell you...
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Only in Your Arms
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14 January 2012 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Morgan Freeman has a commanding presence and he does it with such little ease. Here is no different in a pimp role, as you could say outside the fittingly gritty and authentic urban location work that really puts you there. He is the best thing about this movie. Giving his character plenty of personality with weight, but an underlining edginess that sees him playing it rough when he "had" too. That's not taking anything away from the likes of Christopher Reeve, Kathy Baker and Mimi Rogers. Reeves is rather accomplished as the reporter who finds himself in a difficult position --- career and personal life, but his morals are really put to the test. The ladies are the ones who come off being the ones you care for. New York journalist Jonathan Fisher is not getting anywhere in his attempt to write an article on prostitution, so he writes a fictional expose on a pimp, that ends up seeing him gather numerous praise for its realism. However this fake piece seems to resemble that of a real life pimp; "Fast Black" who's on trail for murder. As things become unstuck, Fisher now finds himself caught in a dangerous predicament with the distract attorney on one side wanting these notes and Fast Black on the other trying to get him on his side by showing him in the real life of a pimp. How one little lie can escalate into something much more. This smoky dramatic thriller doesn't exploit the glamorous nature, but gets dirty as things spiral out of control and circumstances are manipulated to suit one's own favour. This leads to some dangerous consequences for both sides. The interplay between Freeman and Reeves' characters are always gripping and at times quite intense and spontaneous. The rigid narrative does have some questionable details, but remains digestible and cleverly explosive up until its sudden ending of street justice that the courts couldn't supply. Also memorable is the swaying jazz flavour to the music soundtrack and Baker as one of Fast Black's hookers. This enterprise was produced by Cannon.

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