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Vice Squad (1982)

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A Los Angeles businesswoman, known only by her street name of Princess, turns to prostitution to support herself and her young daughter when she's forced by Detective Tom Walsh and his vice... See full summary »

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Gary Sherman (as Gary A. Sherman)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Season Hubley ... Princess
Gary Swanson ... Tom Walsh
Wings Hauser ... Ramrod
Pepe Serna ... Pete Mendez
Beverly Todd ... Louise Williams
Joseph Di Giroloma Joseph Di Giroloma ... Kowalski (as Joseph DiGiroloma)
Maurice Emanuel Maurice Emanuel ... Edwards
Wayne Hackett Wayne Hackett ... Christian Sorenson
Nina Blackwood Nina Blackwood ... Ginger
Sudana Bobatoon Sudana Bobatoon ... Dixie
Lydia Lei ... Coco
Kelly Piper ... Blue Chip
Kristoffer Anders Kristoffer Anders ... Sergeant Brooks
Joseph Baroncini Joseph Baroncini ... Ted
Fred Berry ... Sugar Pimp
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Storyline

A Los Angeles businesswoman, known only by her street name of Princess, turns to prostitution to support herself and her young daughter when she's forced by Detective Tom Walsh and his vice squad to help them arrest a brutal pimp named Ramrod for the murder of a prostitute named Ginger. But when Ramrod learns that he was set up, he escapes from police custody and begins a long night of tracking down Princess while Walsh and his vice squad are always one step behind him. Written by Matthew Patay

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On the street, the real trick is staying alive. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nachtratten See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$237,811, 24 January 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,253,583
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dynamic,Hemdale See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Debut theatrical feature for Gary Swanson. Also, first starring role in same as well. See more »

Goofs

The scene where the two plain-clothes police officers are taking Ramrod to the precinct for the booking of Ginger's murder. Ramrod (Wings Hauser) manages to overpower them and causes police officer Pete Mendez (Pepe Serna) driving to crash. We see the car crash from a side vantage point, then we see it crash from a head-on position. It is the same crash filmed from two different angles using two cameras. In a little economizing, the filmmakers get two separate shots of the same crash so as not to have to set up twice for a matching crash shot. See more »

Quotes

Louise Williams: [as undercover cop, pulling a gun from her garter on an armed pimp in a potential shootout] Blink your eyes, motherfucker, and you die in the dark!
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was heavily cut by over 6 minutes by the BBFC to edit scenes of violence and torture including Ramrod's torture of Ginger with the pimp stick (twisted wire coat-hangers) and shots of Princess being assaulted and beaten. The 1987 Embassy video release was the pre-edited U.S TV version which ran around 4 minutes shorter, removed most of the violent scenes, and was dubbed to delete nearly all the profanity. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Spanker-Man (2017) See more »

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Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes
Written and Produced by Paul Sabu
Performed by Ann-Margret
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One of the grittiest, toughest, police stories ever made.
20 November 2002 | by jasonc13See all my reviews

In theory, "Vice Squad" is nothing more than good guy versus bad guy. However, it is done with such raw energy and flawless execution it remains one of the most intelligent and dramatic police films of the past two decades.

The story is about a hooker with a heart of gold named "Princess," who ends up on the run from her pimp named "Ramrod," (played brilliantly by the underrated Wings Hauser). After she agrees to bait him for the cops after he violently murders a fellow prostitute, he escapes police custedy and is hell-bent on one thing: finding Princess, torturing her, and killing her. It's that simple. A cop named "Walsh" (also played wonderfully by Gary Swanson) has the responsibility of finding either her or him, before Ramrod succeeds in his mission.

The film takes place in one night throughout the streets of Hollywood, and never lets up for a second. The plot is thick with suspense, the characters are three dimensionally layered, and the action is non stop. It's influence can be seen in many of todays films such as "Training Day," and even "Seven" just to name a few. However, its greatest testament may be from a better known movie tough guy named "Dirty Harry." At one point, when Walsh catches up with Ramrod he sticks his gun in his mouth and mutters "Make a move, and make my day!" Sound familiar? It should, because the famous line was uttered some five years later, even though the phrase was coined here, and in much better fashion I might add.

To sum it up, "Vice Squad" is a hard hitting, no nonsense, throw back to when quality films could be made on shoe-string budgets, and without millions in special effects. It walks the walk, and talks the talk without making excuses for its realistic subject matter. Unfortunately, the film is hard to find, so if you get the opportunity to see it, do not pass it up. For it will no doubt become one of your favorite "Vices," I garantee it.


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