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Times Square (1980)

Two ill-matched teenage girls form a punk band and soon have New York City by its ears.

Director:

Allan Moyle (as Alan Moyle)

Writers:

Jacob Brackman (screenplay by), Allan Moyle (story by) (as Alan Moyle) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Curry ... Johnny LaGuardia
Trini Alvarado ... Pamela Pearl
Robin Johnson ... Nicky Marotta
Peter Coffield Peter Coffield ... David Pearl
Herbert Berghof Herbert Berghof ... Dr. Huber
David Margulies ... Dr. Zymansky
Anna Maria Horsford ... Rosie Washington
Michael Margotta ... JoJo
J.C. Quinn ... Simon
Miguel Pinero Miguel Pinero ... Roberto
Ronald 'Smokey' Stevens Ronald 'Smokey' Stevens ... Heavy
Billy Mernit Billy Mernit ... Blondell
Paul Sass Paul Sass ... Blondell
Artie Weinstein Artie Weinstein ... Blondell
Tim Choate ... Eastman
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Storyline

Two girls run away from a mental institution and forge a relationship on the streets of New York. They soon begin enjoying their punk-rock life until the powers that be start nosing around, looking for them, unsettling their already delicate mental states. Will the Sleez Sisters be torn apart? Or will they tear themselves apart? Written by Amy K.

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There's nothing to do but play music and scream your lungs out. See more »

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Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guerreras de Nueva York See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robin Johnson was advised to audition for the role of Nicky after she was spotted by someone involved in the production walking down a street. Moreover, Johnson did a lot of improvisation during her first audition. See more »

Goofs

In the final musical number, a safety wire is visible on Nicky Marotta. See more »

Quotes

Nicky Marotta: My heart/it's pumpin'/my foot/it's runnin'/my head/it's hurtin'/it's hurtin' me./I never told you/everything/I never said the stuff I should/I was chicken to tell you/I never thought I could./ Find me/help me/save me./Can you hear me?/Can you feel me out there?/Pammy! I'm callin' you Pammy! Pammy!
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References A Woman's Torment (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Grinding Halt
Performed by The Cure
Composed by Laurence Tolhurst (as Tolhurst) / Michael Dempsey (as Dempsey) / Robert Smith (as Smith)
Courtesy of Fiction Records/Polydor Ltd./JEM Records
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Truly A Classic!
23 September 2004 | by KitaleSee all my reviews

First of all, I saw the preview of the movie before it came out and it had the scene where Nicky silently urges Pammy to run away with her from the hospital, to The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated". That alone blew me away. Then I bought the 2 LP soundtrack before the movie came out and listened to it over and over. By the time the movie premiered, I was more than ready for it. It showed for two weeks at a local theater and I saw it once a day every day for two weeks. I really had no life! I ordered the VHS tape sometime in the 80's and paid $60 for it. Now I own the DVD and enjoyed the commentary. I don't have the CD and wonder if The Cars' Dangerous Type is on it.

Anyway, I don't have to tell you I loved it very much.

I know the editing was clumsy and they cut out so many scenes that sometimes it didn't make any sense, but it is such a fun movie. the soundtrack is the best ever. The Ramones, Suzi Quatro, Patti Smith, Pretenders, Robin Johnson, Roxy Music, XTC, Desmond Child & Rouge, The Cars (not included on the soundtrack), etc. This movie introduced me to New Wave and punk. There are so many neat scenes in the movie: - The seduction - non-verbal with only Ramones singing "I Wanna Be Sedated - of Pammy by Nicky to leave the hospital. - The card game on the street "You snooze you lose" - Running through the adult theater. - The hilarious hold-up - Dropping TVs to The Cars' "Dangerous Type" - "Your Daughter Is One" - Any scene with Tim Curry - "Life, more than Television."

  • Both performances of "Damn Dog" - "Hit me again, you're a big man" - Pammy dancing to Lou Reed's Take A Walk On The Wild Side.


  • Waking up to Suzi Quatro's "Rock Hard". - Tim Curry dancing to "Rock Hard" - "I may be brave but you're the pretty one. I'm a freak of f**king nature"


  • Pammy dancing to Desmond Child & Rouge's "The Night Was Not". - Tim Curry's poetry. - The Sleaze Sisters and their imitators wearing trash bags.


  • The opening credits to Roxy Music's "Same Old Scene"


  • Stealing the ambulance and getting away with it. - "M-e-t-h-o-d-i-s-t- e-p-i-s-c-o-p-a-l" "Take a p*** you a**hole"


Do I love this movie or what?


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