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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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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

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New York City ... Open 24 Hours. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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The film was originally made by 20th Century-Fox, but they decided that it had too much nudity, sex, violence and drug references for them, so they sold it to the independent Aquarius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 UK cinema version was cut by 1 min 10 secs by the BBFC to edit the subway attack scene and remove all footage of nunchakus, and this same print also appeared on early video releases. The 2000 and 2007 UK DVD releases featured the edited U.S R-rated print which alters some sexual dialogue and removes a montage of attack shots. See more »

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Referenced in A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara (2004) See more »

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Feels Like It's Going to Be Good
Performance, Music and Lyrics by Patrick Adams
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Wrong em' Boyo
24 August 2010 | by valis1949See all my reviews

Although FEAR CITY is provocatively titillating, and sex drenched, it really never manages to seduce. However, the film does a remarkable job of capturing the essence of early 80's tawdry 42nd St. Midtown Manhattan (Pre-Disneyfication). And, the film boasts a cavalcade of 80's talent; Tom Berenger, Billy Dee Williams, Melanie Griffith, and Rae Dawn Chong. Although director Able Ferrara was throttled by too many producers, he has still managed to craft a fairly interesting picture. What makes FEAR CITY slightly unusual is the treatment of the killer. In most films of this nature, the primary aim is to identify and demonstrate the Evil Doer's, Means, Motive, and Opportunity. However, in FEAR CITY Ferrara only shows the manifestation of the killer's violence, and nearly nothing is divulged of his character or motivation. The killer is shown as a mere cipher, and such a depiction is more in keeping with the Horror Genre rather than Detective Fiction. FEAR CITY is certainly not a great film, or even one of Able Ferrar's better efforts, but it is still worthy of a look.


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