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Whore (1991)

R  |   |  Drama  |  4 October 1991 (USA)
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The prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man. She leaves him with their son. Then she works as waitress in a ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Liz
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Blake
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Rasta
Elizabeth Morehead ...
Katie
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Brutal Man
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Indian (as Sanjay)
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Bill
Michael Crabtree ...
Man in Car
Jered Barclay ...
Dead Trick in Car
Doug MacHugh ...
Man in Diner
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Martha, Liz's Girlfriend
Frank Smith ...
Charlie
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Shy Kid in Van
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Younger Man in Car
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Wounded Girl (as Ginger Lynn Allen)
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The prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man. She leaves him with their son. Then she works as waitress in a diner until the day a man introduces her to prostitution. Later she is raped by at least five men and the pimp Blake "protects" her. Liz tries to escape from Blake and befriends the prostitute Katie; however Blake chases her. On the streets, she befriends the homeless Rasta (Antonio Fargas) that helps her when she needs. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong sexual situations and dialogue, and for some violence | See all certifications »

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$1,008,404 (USA)
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Director Ken Russell made the movie as a response to Pretty Woman (1990). See more »

Quotes

Man in Car: I wanna fuck you up the ass!
Liz: You can stick it up your own, asshole!
Man in Car: Ha ha ha ha ha, I would if I could, bitch!
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References Darkman (1990) See more »

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TELL ME ALL YOUR SECRETS
Performed by Nerissa
Written by J. Young and N. Vitello
Produced by Darrell Lawrence
Re-mixed by David Morales
Courtesy of Select Records
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Theresa Russell was way too glamorous looking!
23 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film because of the acting of Ms.Russell. Though all the characters were painted with the usual overly broad strokes.

The only problem I basically had with this film, was that Ms. Russell's character was much too glamorous to be a *street whore*.

Her skin and make-up were flawless, she had nice teeth etc.. It sounds silly, but I notice these things when watching films. That was the most un-authentic part of this film, noticing how perfect she looked.

From viewing documentaries depicting real life prostitutes (HBO's series about hookers in the Bronx, those women were rough....missing teeth, barely literate etc) and other movies depicting the horrors of prostitution, we all know they usually don't look as good as Ms. Russell does in this film....unless they are call girls. Call girls aren't as abused as street hookers, they usually have a decent and comfortable place to be with their clients.

Most street whores have drug problems, even if they don't, that rough 'street life' certainly takes a toll on ones looks. I saw none of that in Theresa's character. She looked young and vibrant!

Nevertheless, she gave a great performance given the below par script she was given to work with.

I also enjoyed the 'Alfie' speaking-into-the-camera style and the anti-"Pretty Woman" message. Anyone who thinks prostitution is in any way 'glamourous', well, they need to read a bit more about the seedy demeaning aspects of that life. Then go back to school to get a decent education, so they can get a normal job. There are no free rides, pardon the pun, in that world.

Good performances all around. Though it would have been nice to see Antonio Vargas play a different character other than a wacky street person, at least he wasn't a pimp!


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