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Fear City (1984)

Strippers in Manhattan are being stalked and maimed by a psycho-killer. A conflicted ex-boxer-turned-talent-manager and his business partner and friend, who represent some of the girls, set out to find him before he strikes again.

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Abel Ferrara
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With his crooked face and rough demeanor Abel Ferrara looks and acts like he could have been born in Naples, Italy, the subject and location of his raw and hyperreality film Naples Naples ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Matt Rossi
Billy Dee Williams ... Al Wheeler
Jack Scalia ... Nicky Parzeno
Melanie Griffith ... Loretta
Rossano Brazzi ... Carmine
Rae Dawn Chong ... Leila
Joe Santos ... Frank
Michael V. Gazzo ... Mike
Jan Murray Jan Murray ... Goldstein
Janet Julian ... Ruby
Daniel Faraldo ... Sanchez
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Silver (as Maria Conchita)
Ola Ray ... Honey
John Foster John Foster ... Pazzo
Emilia Crow Emilia Crow ... Bibi (as Emilia Lesniak)
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Storyline

In New York City, a psycho killer is stalking and randomly slashing and killing strippers working in various nightclubs. Matt Rossi is a former boxer trying to escape his past whom is currently employed at a talent agency which caters exotic dancers to the mafia-controlled strip clubs all over Manhattan. Matt and his business partner, Nicky, are relentlessly dogged by Al Wheeler, a persistent police detective on the case of the murdered strippers, and hoping to find something to nail both Matt and Nicky on. Matt is trying to reconcile with his former flame, Loretta, whom also works as a dancer and has a off-again, on-again drug problem. With the police constantly hounding them, and under pressure from his mob boss and other bosses to do something, Matt must somehow face his inner demons to find the killer before he strikes again. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

... where the night belongs to the girls. Everyone is watching them ... but someone is waiting for them. Now everyone is living it ... Fear City See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Border See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.57 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally made by 20th Century-Fox, but they decided that it had too much nudity, sex, violence and drug references for them, so they sold it to the independent Aquarius Releasing. See more »

Quotes

Al Wheeler: [as Rossi drives off] There's nothing I hate more than guineas in Cadillacs.
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Alternate Versions

The US television version maintains the same running time as the theatrical version (to the second), but eliminates much nudity, violence and swearing. To compensate, a number of extra scenes have been rescued from the cutting-room floor. It is this TV version that was used for the British video release (on three different labels - EMI, Warners and Lumiere), with more footage cut by the distributor. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinéma, de notre temps: Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

You'll Never Know
Performed by Hi-Gloss
Music and Lyrics by Giuliano Salerni and Phil Hurtt
Published by Phylmar/GS Euroamerican/April Blackwood
Courtesy of Prelude Records
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crappo
4 October 1999 | by ackySee all my reviews

Abel Ferrara has definitely done better things in his life. But I think this is just the uneasy transition point between the early gritty horror of Ms. 45 and the later high gloss of "King of New York." There are many points at which Ferara has rarely been as outrageous as such as the stabbing of a stripper montaged together with a sexy strip routine. I also think he deserves points for putting half naked women in almost every scene.

But the martial arts fighting serial killer was utterly ridiculous and in the ending fighht scene I didn't see why he had to be so tough if his aim in life was to beat up women half his size and weight.., This was made for cable by the way, they just decided not to air it.


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