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Street Smart (1987)

R  |   |  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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Leonard Pike
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Ted Avery
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Harriet
Frederick Rolf ...
Joel Davis
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Reggie
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Art Sheffield
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Yvonne
Ed Van Nuys ...
Judge
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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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Everything you say can and will be held against you. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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20 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »

Quotes

Jonathan Fisher: Are you Fast Black?
Fast Black: To some. My momma always called me Leo. Leo Smalls Jr.
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Featured in Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »

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Payin For It Now
Written by D. Amy & Robert Cray
Performed by The Robert Cray Band
Published by Calhoun St. Music (BMI)
Administered by Bug Music
Courtesy of Hightone Records & Bug Music
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Morgan Morgan Morgan...Ain't No One Like You
29 September 2005 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

Freeman gives his most powerful performance here. I've seen almost all of Morgan's films but I think this is his most outstanding performance. Fast Black is one juicy character and Morgan brings life into it. Christopher Reeve, god bless his sole, is a pretty bad actor. I only seen him in his Superman roles, which I wasn't much a fan of. But here his character gets a lot of screen time and Reeve just can't live up to it. He makes the movie boring. Kathy Baker excels in her role. Mimi Rogers does her part well. The film has an amazing storyline here, but screenplay is 50/50. If Morgan had more scenes the movie would have been way better. Yes there are some really strong scenes, but all of them involved Freeman. The direction wasn't great, if this movie was handled by a better director it would of been memorable. Many people probably don't even know about this movie and that's a shame because Freeman's performance must be watched. Freeman's outburst scene where he puts a bottle up to Reeve's face and gives him a 20 second stare is WOW. And not to forget the scissor scene where he threatens to poke Kathy's eye out...MARVELLOUS. What disappoints me the most, regardless of the many flaws in direction, is that Freeman didn't have a last scene in the climax. In a movie where Morgan kept everyone in their seats, the director/screenwriter didn't hook him up with a proper climax scene. I was expecting something huge, but instead the ending was the same old same old. Overall, the movie is OK, but Freeman's performance is great.


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