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Whore (1991)

NC-17 | | Drama | 18 October 1991 (USA)
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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Liz
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Blake
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Katie
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Brutal Man
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Indian (as Sanjay)
Jason Saucier ...
Bill
Michael Crabtree ...
Jered Barclay ...
Dead Trick in Car
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$165,534, 6 October 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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

Goofs

When Liz gives the finger to the anal-sex enthusiast in the opening scene, a person is walking through the tunnel toward her. When she turns around a moment later, the pedestrian disappears. See more »

Quotes

Liz: I must be some use to somebody. I mean, there must be a reason for me, right?
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Followed by Whore 2 (1994) See more »

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Performed by Bill Kelly and The House of Cards
Written by Bill Kelly
Courtesy of Spinart Productions
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A Fine Line between Failure and Success
28 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Whore" is , appropriately, a cartoonish response to "Pretty Woman". The cartoonish, satirical bent the film has (in the face of its horrific situations) is exactly what makes it so brilliant. What was so awful about "Pretty Woman" was the commodification of prostitution as something glamorous, fulfilling and rewarding; pablum to be swallowed by American masses. "Whore"'s success depends less on the performances and direction and more on the viewer's willingness to think. The ideology that Ken Russell has placed on the material is unmistakable and renders everything else about the film meaningless. It really comes down to the viewer--If you are intelligent enough as a viewer to read the subtext, you either agree with it or you don't. Personally, I love everything about it, from Teresa Russell's sarcastic, bombastic, career-wrecking performance to the simple joy of seeing Antonio Fargas on screen again, "Whore" is a great, intelligent film worth repeated viewings. The real tragedy is that this will be Ken Russell's last great film. He has lived long enough to see his wonderful style get railroaded into soft-core porn and made-for-cable sci-fi. The world would be a better place if he had been bestowed with the same luck as Paul Verhoeven.


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