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A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno... See more »

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Jake VanDorn
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Andy Mast
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Niki
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Wes DeJong
Leonard Gaines ...
Ramada
Dave Nichols ...
Kurt (as David Nichols)
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Tod (as Gary Rand Graham)
Larry Block ...
Detective Burrows
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Ratan
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Felice
Charlotte McGinnis ...
Beatrice (as Charlotte McGinnes)
Ilah Davis ...
Kristen VanDorn
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Joe VanDorn
Will Walker ...
Jism Jim
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Big Dick Blaque
Bob Bishop ...
Stud #1 (as Michael Allan Helie)
Tim Dial ...
Stud #2
Roy London ...
Jim Rucker
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Mary
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Male Teller
Bobby Kosser ...
Film Director
Stephen P. Dunn ...
Film Cameraman
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Mrs. Steensma
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Manager
James Helder ...
John VanDorn
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Willem
John Otte ...
Grandfather VanDorn
Janet Simpson ...
Anne DeJong
Karen Kruer ...
Marsha DeJong
Henry Vandenbroek ...
Reverend VanTil
Linda Smith ...
Hope / Mistress Victoria
Mary McFerren ...
'Free Press' Teller
Judith Ransdell ...
Ramada's Secretary
Linda Morell ...
'Les Girls' Woman
Gigi Vorgan ...
Teenage Girl
Michael Hatch ...
Nephew #1
David Hockenberry ...
Nephew #2
Joseph Prus ...
Bill
Jean Reed Bahle ...
Ruth
Reinder Vantil ...
Man at Piano
Dee Ann Johnston ...
Bar Maid
Janice Carroll ...
Waitress
Mark Natuzzi ...
Barker #1
Al Cingolani ...
Barker #2
Cherilyn Parsons ...
Girl at Convention
Tracey Ratley ...
Hostess
Antonio Esparza ...
Teenage Mexican
Linda Cremeans ...
Stewardess
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Soldier
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Man in Seersucker Suit
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Kevyn Currie ...
Sailor in Bar (uncredited)
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Lecher (uncredited)
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Terry (uncredited)

Directed by

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Paul Schrader

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Buzz Feitshans ... producer
John Milius ... executive producer

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Jack Nitzsche

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Michael Chapman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Tom Rolf

Editorial Department

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Jacqueline Cambas ... assistant film editor

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Vic Ramos

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Paul Sylbert

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Edwin O'Donovan ... (as Ed O'Donovan)

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Bruce Weintraub

Makeup Department

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Del Acevedo ... makeup artist
Vivian McAteer ... hair stylist

Production Management

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John G. Wilson ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kim C. Friese ... second assistant director
Richard Hashimoto ... assistant director

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Joe Acord ... construction coordinator (as Joe Accord)
Edward Aiona ... property master (as Eddie Aiona)
Kevin Chambers ... swingman
Paul De Santis ... assistant props
Jerry Luthart ... construction foreman
Daniel Loren May ... leadman (as Dan May)

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Gordon Daniel ... sound effects editor
Robert Fernandez ... dubbing mixer
Walter Goss ... dubbing mixer (as Walter M. Goss)
Bud Maffett ... sound mixer
Gilbert D. Marchant ... sound effects editor (as Gil Marchant)
Michael Minkler ... dubbing mixer
Ian MacGregor-Scott ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

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Fletcher Bryant ... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... stunt double: Gary Graham (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Alan S. Blauvelt ... second assistant camera (as Alan Blauvelt)
Dustin Blauvelt ... first assistant camera
Doug Dale ... electrician
William Dear ... photographer: second unit
Bob M. Farnsworth ... best boy grip (as Bob Farnsworth)
Robert E. Gaynor ... dolly grip (as Bob Gaynor)
Cary Griffith ... key grip
Bill Krattiger ... best boy electric (as Bill Kratteger)
Joe R. Marquette Jr. ... camera operator (as Joe Marquette)
John Seckar ... electrician
Don Stott ... gaffer
Bob West ... grip (as Bob West Jr.)
Wynn Hammer ... still photographer (uncredited)
Tony Rivetti ... first assistant camera: "b"camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Nancy Pulk McTyre ... casting assistant
Tina Real ... extras casting: local (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Alice Rush ... wardrobe supervisor: women
G. Tony Scarano ... wardrobe supervisor: men (as Tony Scarano)

Location Management

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Paul Pav ... location manager

Music Department

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Jill Fraser ... composer: electronic music
Rob Miller ... composer: electronic music
Shinichi Yamazaki ... music editor
Robert Fernandez ... score mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Paul Casella Jr. ... transportation coordinator (as Paul Casella)

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Stephen P. Dunn ... assistant: Paul Schrader
Saul Kahan ... publicist (as Saul Kahn)
Elly Mitchell ... project coordinator
Betsy Norton ... script supervisor
Jeannine Oppewall ... project consultant
Judith Ransdell ... secretary: Paul Schrader
Mary Ellen Trainor ... assistant to producer
Dianne E. Collins ... publicist: M/S Billings Publicity Ltd. (uncredited)
William Margold ... technical consultant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Jake Van Dorn is a businessman from the American heartland who shares strong Calvinist convictions with most of his countrymen. His teenage daughter is missing from her church youth convention trip to California and Van Dorn hires a private investigator to find her. The result of the investigation is his daughter is spotted in a cheap X-rated movie. Van Dorn decides to bring her back personally and during the quest he becomes familiar with the pornographic underworld. Written by Dragan Antulov

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Taglines "Oh my God, that's my daughter." See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Hardcore Life (United Kingdom)
  • Hardcore: un mundo oculto (Spain)
  • Hardcore - en brutal virkelighet (Norway)
  • Spoorloos (Netherlands)
  • ¿Dónde está mi hija? (Mexico)
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Runtime
  • 108 min
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Trivia George C. Scott and director Paul Schrader did not get along, so much that at one point Scott refused to come out of his trailer and threatened to quit the film. Scott only agreed to come out after forcing Schrader to promise that he would never direct again (obviously, Schrader went back on his promise). See more »
Goofs Panties suddenly appear on Niki's fully nude body in the peep booth. This goof is seen on old video and cable un-matted versions. (On DVD, the portion showing that Nikki has panties is properly cropped out and doesn't show.) See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Does Snuff Exist? (2006). See more »
Soundtracks Easy Slider See more »
Quotes Jake VanDorn: Turn it off! Turn if off! TURN IT OFF!
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