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Crack House (1989)

Rick and Melissa are a pair of young lovers hoping to get out of the slums for good and escape the poverty and crime their families and friends have gotten involved in. All this comes to an... See full summary »

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Steadman
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Dockett
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Lt. Johnson
Cher Butler ...
Melissa (as Cheryl Kay)
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Mother
Clyde Jones ...
B.T.
Albert Michel Jr. ...
Chico
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Annie
Kenny Edwards ...
Tripper
Joey Green ...
Buzz
Jon Greene ...
Officer Baylor
T. Rodgers ...
Jammer
Louis A. Rivera ...
Jesus (as Louis Rivera)
Willie Hernadez ...
Lou
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Rick Morales (as Greg Gomez Thomsen)
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Rick and Melissa are a pair of young lovers hoping to get out of the slums for good and escape the poverty and crime their families and friends have gotten involved in. All this comes to an end when Rick feels he must rejoin his old gang to avenge the killing of his brother by a rival gang. In the course of getting even, Rick is arrested, leaving Melissa without anyone to protect her. She falls in with a crack dealer and quickly becomes addicted to the drug. When she gets sold to a drug kingpin by a minor dealer to pay off a debt, only Rick can save her. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Getting in is easy... Getting out is pure hell.

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10 November 1989 (USA)  »

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I ragazzi del crack  »

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$862,551 (USA)
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Quentin Tarantino is a fan of the film and has screened it several times at the Alamo Drafthouse in Texas. See more »

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Rick Morales: Fuck you, fucker!
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A decent anti-drug exploitation flick.
26 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Rick Morales (Gregg Thomsen) and his girlfriend Melissa (Cher Butler) are two inner city kids who have the potential to escape their grim surroundings. But he blows it when he impulsively goes gunning for revenge, after his cousin is shot dead. While he's in prison, she hooks up with the charismatic B.T. (Clyde Jones), who gets her hooked on drugs. Eventually, Rick gets word of the sorry state she's in - among other things, she is acquired as "collateral" by powerful drug kingpin Steadman (Jim Brown) - and works out a deal with police detective Lt. Johnson (Richard Roundtree) to get out of prison so he can dig up some dirt on Steadman.

The script, by Blake Schaefer, is very routine, and the direction, by Michael Fischa, is largely uninspired. Still, there's something to savour about these trashy "message" potboiler features, this one produced by the almighty Cannon Group. It does create a reasonably seedy and depressing atmosphere, due largely to some good location filming. This is a world that chews up many a young person and spits them back out, and there are characters, predictably, who don't make out too well. The violence is effective, as are the moments of sex and T & A.

Bad ass dudes Roundtree and Brown are worth watching. Roundtree doesn't exactly have to stretch himself a whole lot, but he's still cool. Brown is subtly powerful as the head bad guy. Anthony Geary of 'General Hospital' fame is cast as the well meaning teacher. Future film director F. Gary Gray ("Friday", "The Negotiator", "Law Abiding Citizen") has a tiny part as one of many gang members. Lovely Angel Tompkins does fairly well in a change of pace de-glamorized character role as Melissas' alcoholic mother. Thomsen and especially Butler are good as the kids at the centre of the story.

There's nothing special about this one, but it does entertain.

Six out of 10.


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