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Hussy (1980)

R | | Drama | May 1980 (UK)
Beaty (Dame Helen Mirren) is a prostitute working out of a high-class London cabaret where Emory (John Shea) is a technician. They begin an affair encumbered by her job, his lack of money, ... See full summary »

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Matthew Chapman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Beaty
John Shea ... Emory
Paul Angelis Paul Angelis ... Alex / Beaty's ex-lover
Murray Salem Murray Salem ... Max / Emory's gay friend
Jenny Runacre ... Vere
Daniel Chasin Daniel Chasin ... Billy
Patti Boulaye Patti Boulaye ... Tama / Cabaret Singer
Charles Yates Charles Yates ... Charles
Marika Rivera Marika Rivera ... French Singer
Hal Galili ... Big Shot
William Hootkins ... 1st. Punter
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ... 2nd. Punter
April Olrich April Olrich ... Rene
Sandy Ratcliff ... Olympia
Jill Melford Jill Melford ... Chief Hostess
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Beaty (Dame Helen Mirren) is a prostitute working out of a high-class London cabaret where Emory (John Shea) is a technician. They begin an affair encumbered by her job, his lack of money, and their pasts: She has an abusive former lover, the father of her ten-year-old son and possibly her pimp, Alex (Paul Angelis), a strong-arm gorilla type fresh out of prison also arrives, needing a place to stay. Alex is clearly a brutish psychopath who threatens Beaty and Emory's future. Emory's wife died in questionable circumstances and he has a shady friend, Max (Murray Salem), who shows up with a scheme for making lots of money. Beaty and Emory want to sort things out, but the odds are against them. Life is no cabaret. Written by lament

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How Much Sex Is Enough... See more »

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hussy - Yöperho See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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First movie directed by Matthew Chapman. See more »

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25 February 2007 | by dreamonforever1See all my reviews

well, the title is certainly "trashy" enough to mislead those looking for a quality drama away to other things. the makers definitely could've chosen a better one, but perhaps they wanted the added interest a lurid title would draw? the box the DVD i watched came in had this extra bit of salaciousness as a caption at the top: "how much sex is enough" (l.o.l.) but, being familiar with helen mirren's career, i knew that if she were starring in it there might be nudity (and there is), but it'd be a first-rate film (and it is). she's always been a knockout, in addition to being one of Britain's best actresses. hence, her honorary status there as a "dame." (she was also, at age 60, recently a marquee guest speaker at the local film festival) i'm really surprised, though, that somebody didn't go back and change the title of this film. anyway, i liked it. if you like helen mirren - particularly, early h.m. - you'll like it, too. note her entrance into the film's story after the first few minutes. that tells you everything you need to know about what the filmmakers think of her, and her own class.


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