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Streets (1990)

Serious, well-made story of runaways living in Venice, California, under the threat of a psychotic cop who is a serial killer of prostitutes.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dawn
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Sy
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Lumley
Jane Chung ...
Old Bag Woman
Starr Andreeff ...
Policewoman on Horse
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Bagley
J Bartell ...
Officer #1 (as J. Bartell)
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Officer #2
Tom Ruben ...
Officer #3
David Lawrence ...
Plumber
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Bob
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Roach
Sheryl Bence ...
Punk Girl
Kady Tran ...
Dawn's Blonde Roommate
Julie Jay ...
Dawn's Tattooed Roommate
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Storyline

Tough drama looks at the plight of a young L.A. prostitute, who shoots heroin to get through the day, sells sex just to survive, and eats roadkill sometimes when there isn't anything else available. Into this futile existence is thrown a psycho killer, who gets off on raping and slaughtering the girls he catches on the streets. Sy is a straight kid from Sanata Barbara, who gets drawn into this scuzzy underworld and tries to rescue the young prostitute from the killer and her existence. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Christina Applegate Is a 16 Year Old Hooker Who Just Picked Up The Wrong Customer.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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19 January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Calles peligrosas  »

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Box Office

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$1,510,053 (USA)
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

[after stealing a drug addict's car and finding a cell phone]
Lumley: I love L.A.
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Crazy Credits

Six characters from one scene are named "troglodyte". See more »

Connections

Remade as Rumble in the Streets (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Dawn's Theme
Performed by Elizabeth Daily (as E.G. Daily)
Music by Aaron Davis
Lyrics by Andy Ruben
Mixed by Jeff Mar
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A truly fine movie with an excellent lead performance.
12 January 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Director Katt Shea deserves a lot of credit for "Streets", a gritty, honest, heartfelt little movie that serves as more than mere exploitation, creating a hard hitting portrayal of runaway youth in Venice, California, personalizing the story by focusing on Dawn, played by TV star Christina Applegate in a wonderful, tour-de-force performance. Dawn is a heroin addicted, teenage prostitute attacked by a john, and who forms a friendship with a kid named Sy (David Mendenhall) who distracted the cop long enough for her to get away. The budding relationship between Dawn and Sy forms a solid basis for the rest of the movie, written by Shea and producer Andy Ruben, which devastatingly illustrates the kind of hard scrabble existence led by people like Dawn. Applegate delivers a performance that is alternately tough, feisty, sympathetic, kind, and vulnerable - but, most of all, it's believable. Mendenhall also does well as the nice guy who is new to the life being lived by Dawn and her contemporaries, who can't really identify with them as he is definitely not of their world. Enjoyable contributions are also made by Patrick Richwood as Bob, Aron Eisenberg as Roach, Mel Castelo as "Elf", and Alan Stock as Allen. This coming from Concorde, it's still exploitative enough for those watching who expect a certain degree of trash. Applegate does bare her breasts for a scene, but this particular scene is played for romance rather than just sex. And the ongoing subplot with the deranged john, a motorcycle cop named Lumley (played with convincing intensity by Eb Lottimer), is standard enough stuff, although the viewer may be taken aback by Lumley's home made weapon that metes out brutal punishment. The music score by Aaron Davis is supremely effective, as is the beautiful and haunting composition "Dawn's Theme" sung by Elizabeth "E.G." Daily. The use of the locations is excellent, and in general this is quite well made and stylish. Although mostly played (very) seriously, it's not without its humorous moments. Cameos are made by ladies who'd previously starred for director Shea: Kay Lenz ("Stripped to Kill") and Starr Andreeff ("Dance of the Damned"). This is genuinely potent stuff, right up to its riveting ending, and worth watching, both for Applegate fans interested in seeing her show off her dramatic chops earlier in her career and for exploitation film aficionados. It's too good to miss. Eight out of 10.


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