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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 only one way and that's running away and hanging out and setting yourself free. See more »

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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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Director Allan Moyle was fired before production was finished. According to Moyle, this was because he refused to re-shoot the film to add more songs, as the producers wanted a double (vinyl) soundtrack album. Scenes such as the teen girls getting ready to go to the concert were filmed by the second unit. See more »

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Quotes

Nicky Marotta: No sense makes sense.
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References Oklahoma Crude (1973) See more »

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Pissing in the River
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Composed by Patti Smith & Ivan Král
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A flawed but good film with a rich soul and a desire for sincerity
20 March 2014 | by thaoSee all my reviews

This was a huge favorite of mine as a teenager. I have been looking for a copy of the film for the longest time and finally found one in Germany. It's strange that it's so hard to get a copy of a big cult film like this one.

The film captures well the essence of punk. It is about Nicky and Pamela, two teenage NYC girls. Nicky is from the streets with a dark past and from a broken home. She has serious anger issues but is street smart and has artistic talents. Pamela is from a rich (political) family, with the security that Nicky never had but suffers because her father does not understand her. She is a great poet and full of empathy but has never dared to live her life or take a chance. They meet at a hospital and run away. Together they start a mini punk renaissance in New York CIty.

Into this mix comes a radio host called Johnny LaGuardia (played by Tim Curry) who got a letter from Pamela before she ran away. When he finds out that Pamela is living on the streets he decides to use it to get a small scoop but also to fight against the politics Pamela's father stands for. Johnny LaGuardia wants NYC to stay as it is while Pamela's father wants to clean up the streets. Tim Curry is the weakest link in this film. It's hard to tell if it is because of the script or because he or the director did not understand Johnny LaGuardiahe. Tim Curry plays him as some kind of prophet while everything points to him being a self serving, fame seeking egocentric megalomaniac. Tim Curry is at least never a convincing prophet and we never get the feeling that Tim Curry is playing him sarcastically either.

Not every scene works in this film and it does not hold perfectly together but it has a very rich soul and a desire for sincerity which is very contagious. It also captures well the culture of NYC in the late 70s/early 80s and the reason why punk spoke to the youths. And it has one of the best sound track ever (including The Ramones, The Cure, XTC, Lou Reed, Gary Numan, Talking Heads, Garland Jeffreys, Joe Jackson, Suzi Quatro, Roxy Music, Patti Smith and The Pretenders.) and a lot of wonderful poetry, like this one:

"Dear Daddy, I am not kidnapped. I am me-napped, I am soul-napped, I am Nicky-napped, I am happy-napped.

We are having our own renaissance."


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