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Whore (1991)

NC-17 | | Drama | 18 October 1991 (USA)
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A night in the life of a cynical prostitute forms the basis of Ken Russell's portrait of the world's oldest profession.

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Ken Russell

Writers:

David Hines (play), Ken Russell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Theresa Russell ... Liz
Benjamin Mouton ... Blake
Antonio Fargas ... Rasta
Elizabeth Morehead ... Katie
Daniel Quinn ... Brutal Man
Sanjay Chandani ... Indian (as Sanjay)
Jason Saucier ... Bill
Michael Crabtree ... Man in Car
Jered Barclay Jered Barclay ... Dead Trick in Car
Doug MacHugh Doug MacHugh ... Man in Diner
Amanda Goodwin ... Martha, Liz's Girlfriend
Frank Smith Frank Smith ... Charlie
Jason Kristofer ... Shy Kid in Van
Robert O'Reilly ... Younger Man in Car
Ginger Lynn ... Wounded Girl (as Ginger Lynn Allen)
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Trivia

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

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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Crazy Credits

Credits have MCMLXXXXI for 1991, should read MCMXCI. See more »

Alternate Versions

The aforementioned European version, running 92 minutes was also released in North America on VHS, with an "unrated" label. See more »

Connections

Followed by Whore 2 (1994) See more »

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THE CASTLE BEAT
Performed by Castlebeat
Written and Produced by L. Joseph
Courtesy of Select Records
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"A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do..."
8 August 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Ken Russell's "Whore" begins with an amusing shot of cars driving through a tunnel (R-rated Freudianism?) coupled with a Jamaican rap on the soundtrack about doing the "boom boom" with girls. Russell, who directed the film and co-adapted the screenplay from David Hines' play, is highly adept at quirky bits of business--blending hammy, outré comedy with blunt-force dramatics--but with "Whore", his mix of in-your-face, sexually-comedic bits and pieces are not always compatible bedmates next to the violence or the introspective moments. Theresa Russell plays Liz, a streetwise hooker full of bravado; often addressing the camera directly, Theresa speaks with an odd swagger in her voice (as if she's channeling someone standing beside her). Striking amazing poses--like Lolita all grown up--Theresa Russell has some choice moments (usually when she's not speaking, as with a silent come-on to a guy who turns out to be gay), but she is not a vulgar, cartoony actress and is too refined to be slutty. Her performance continually improves, however it isn't in the actress's nature to talk tough like a lady truck-driver. There are well-wrought sequences (such as when Russell's friendship with a possible lesbian is interrupted by a vicious pimp, an incredible moment done without principle dialogue), but the film isn't very sexy. Those looking for a raucous good time will be disappointed (can you imagine how that inelegant title looked on the movie theater marquees?), and those hoping for a serious take on the prostitution business probably won't stick around past the first hour. Many scenes simply fall flat, yet "Whore" is a mixed-bag; it's not a deep-thinker, it's not exceptionally revealing, but it leaves an impression behind, along with some giggles, some embarrassment, and some sadness. ** from ****


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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$165,534, 6 October 1991

Gross USA:

$1,008,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,008,404
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Runtime:

| (R Rated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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