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Prostitute John
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Mouse
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A seasoned call girl is offered a way out of the business if she uncovers a blackmail ring in a house of prostitution. An alcoholic ex-school teacher takes a job watching security cameras in the same house. There, he befriends a 13 year old boy left behind years before by his mother. When a blackmail victim murders one of the girls and the bosses move in to violently clean house, the teacher and the call girl risk their lives to save the life of the boy. Written by Anonymous

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gritty and thoughtful noir revolves around unusual teenager
2 December 2002 | by (chicago) – See all my reviews

Based in Chicago, director John Covert has made several wonderful noirs with local casts that take advantage of numerous parts of the city of Chicago, not to mention its many wonderful actors. Shot in black and white, like Blind Lead, this film is beautifully paced and lit. It makes great use of lighting contrasts and refuses to sentimentalize any of the action, plots or characters. The entire cast performs extremely well, and though the comings and goings are grim and twisted, the humor that results from the hardened bunch that run the operations in NYC and LA is very effective and chilling. The head madame pulls off a demeanor that can only be described as "replicant", and even that would best describe her 'mellow' moments. The male leads are also very well done, whether the character is crazed, confused or practically mute. The american film scene desperately needs intelligent, well acted and finely crafted films like this! Go see a John Covert film!


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