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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 »

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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

Playing call-girl Princess in this movie, Season Hubley a few years previously had appeared as Niki in a similarly-themed movie called Hardcore (1979). 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

Edwards: Jesus, man, the wombats are out tonight. I mean whores, faggots, pimps. And hustlers, junkies, drag queens and freaks, man! This city sucks!
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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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Red Light Lover
Written and Produced by Paul Sabu
Performed by Paul Sabu
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I'm a stone cold believer, in the pleasures of Hell...
24 March 2015 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

"Princess" (Season Hubley) is what is known as an "outlaw" hooker, meaning that she answers to no pimp. She's also the mother of an adorable little girl. She agrees to help intense vice detective Tom Walsh (Gary Swanson) trap a particularly evil pimp with the memorable moniker of "Ramrod" (Wings Hauser). Ramrod is a sadist who enjoys mutilating prostitutes, and has the tenacity of The Terminator. When he realizes that Princess set him up, he becomes determined to get revenge. After he makes an escape from the cops, he spends an action-packed night hunting her down.

"Vice Squad" is a solid credit for the under appreciated director Gary A. Sherman. Sherman had already made two excellent fright features, "Raw Meat" and "Dead & Buried". Loathe to be typecast as a genre director, he took on this project, and does a fine job with it. He gives it great pace and entirely convincing atmosphere. This movie really does immerse its viewers in a seedy L.A. underworld. The characters are often flamboyant but believable. Cinematographer John Alcott gives everything a stylish look. To be sure, the material is plenty sleazy, but that's entirely the point. The script was written by co-executive producer Sandy Howard, Robert Vincent O'Neill (director of the exploitation classic "Angel"), and "Kenneth Peters", a pseudonym for a real life L.A. detective who provided all important technical advice.

The violence is as harsh and off putting as it should be, and there's great curiosity value in discovering the various fetishes and perversions that johns are prone to enjoy.

Hubley is good in the lead role; Princess may take her lumps before the story ends, but she also gives Ramrod a hell of a good fight. Swanson is likewise effective as our hard assed hero. A steady parade of familiar actors play roles big and small: Pepe Serna, Beverly Todd, original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood, Lydia Lei, Kelly Piper, Fred Berry, Michael Ensign, Jonathan Haze, Robert Miano, Stack Pierce, and Cheryl Smith. But the person who leaves the biggest impression is the excellent Hauser, who gives us a creepily charismatic villain for the ages. Furthermore, Wings also entertains us by growling and snarling the ultra catchy rock theme song "Neon Slime".

This is a gem of a B movie: flashy, trashy, and most certainly *not* dull.

Eight out of 10.


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