A New York journalist lies when his fake story about a pimp describes a real pimp up for murder.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Fisher
Alison Parker
Leonard Pike
Andre Gregory ...
Ted Avery
Frederick Rolf ...
Joel Davis
Art Sheffield
Shari Hilton ...
Donna Bailey ...
Ed Van Nuys ...
Daniel Nalbach ...


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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20 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Armação Perigosa  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$1,119,112 (USA)

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Cannon effectively dumped the film after its completion, and gave it a small release limited to less than 300 screens. See more »


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 »


[repeated lines]
Jonathan Fisher: This is Jonathan Fisher, Channel 3, Street Smart!
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Pimp Morgan Freeman gives journalist Christopher Reeve more than he bargained for
3 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Street Smart" is easy to like and easy to take. The project was a favorite of Christopher Reeve. One can see why. Reeve was very well-cast in the part of an Ivy-League New York journalist who gets into hot water when he writes a fictional account of a pimp's character and life. The D.A. thinks it's a story about a real pimp, played to perfection by Morgan Freeman. The D.A. demands Reeve's notes, which are non-existent. The judge refuses to believe Reeve has no notes. His temporary jailing with hints of more to come pressure him into a relationship with a prostitute (Kathy Baker) who works for Freeman and into dealing with Freeman himself. Freeman wants this to get him off the hook on a murder case.

Encountering the wily, threatening and dangerous Freeman results in trouble for Reeve but also a certain amount of growing up as he becomes street smart. What starts out as something of a lark or just another writing project becomes far more real and terrifying when Freeman gets into Reeve's life. And at first Freeman seems so cooperative. This is really a "New York" kind of story, with a certain kind of rough, impatient and testy set of characters that includes the judge and the D.A. Also, the publicity angles are quite big city. But in the end, Freeman steals the picture as he calculates every angle. In one chilling scene, he threatens to take out one of Baker's eyes with a scissors. Morgan Freeman is an actor who has depths in reserve to call on in any part he plays. This part allows him more scope, or he lets more show on the screen, than some of the later roles he's played. He makes this a good show. Reeve gains toughness and keeps up with him. Kathy Baker is extremely good and adds immeasurably to the movie. The lesser roles work well. They include Freeman's assistant, Erik King, and another hooker, Shari Hilton (in her only role).

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