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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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Reggie
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Art Sheffield
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Ed Van Nuys ...
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Storyline

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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Never let the truth ruin a good story. 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 »

Goofs

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

Ted Avery: Jonathan, you don't work for the defense and you don't work for the prosecution. You work for this magazine and we...
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Featured in The 60th Annual Academy Awards (1988) See more »

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Salsa Suite Part II
Written by Larry Harlow
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very enjoyable and taut crime thriller
30 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this movie to be very entertaining and well done, with good performances across the board. I agree with previous reviewers that the late Chris Reeve's performances in other movies, and at times this one, could be seen as wooden. That being said, I think he played his role extremely well, because it was able to work with Morgan Freeman's outbursts and explosions. Because of the problems encountered by his fabricated story, Reeve's performance was handled well being outside of his environment as much as he was. He was unsure and understated, and being a reporter, being unemotional was in his well being. On the other end, Morgan Freeman was fantastic! Seeing him in a role like this makes you want to see him take on a role where he can be the loose cannon.

This movie can show what happens when you "create" a story and you do it TOO well. More people should see it and comment on it.


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