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Street Smart (1987)

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




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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Parker
Leonard Pike
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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Never let the truth ruin a good story. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

20 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Armação Perigosa  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$325,835 (USA) (22 March 1987)


$1,119,112 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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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 New York City's 42nd Street, leaving many to believe that the Seville Theater was being turned in a porno palace. After filming was done, everything was taken down, and the theater still remains closed to this day (December 2006), but is basically a shell, as the owners have let it fall into disrepair. However, the city has deemed 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 a new project. 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 »


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...
[he gets interrupted by the magazine's lawyer]
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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 Freeman- Excellent! Christopher Reeve- Not so great.
8 October 2005 | by (Port Townsend, WA) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching this film and I'm stunned...stunned. Morgan Freeman's performance was the best acting I have seen in a long time. The passion he put into his character was raw and powerful. It had me going "Wow." The movie was interesting- moments of tension. I did not think Christopher Reeve did a great job of his character- mediocre for cinema. He pulled it off well enough to get me into his character. Maybe his mediocre performance was who the character really was. There is no way of knowing the answer to this question. It could be either, or. Everyone you meet in the real world and in fantasy is not a dramatic, stunning personality. There wouldn't be any room for people's egos! Who says his performance was not true of the character. The character was who Reeve was.

The message of this film is very true. Don't lie. If you do make a mistake, if you lie, admit up front that you have. Otherwise, it's likely your lie will come back times 3. This is a lesson we should all have to learn one day. I hoped this review pleased someone. Take care and have a joyous and peaceful life. Good bye, Chauncey

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