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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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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 »

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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 drastically reedited before it's release because of the MPAA's ratings board strict guidelines on graphic violence, language and nudity at that point in time. Which are noticeable due to the film's many jump cuts in handful of scenes specifically most of the attacks on the strippers by the unnamed killer for example. Ultimately it caused Twentieth Century-Fox to sell of the film to an independent distributor for a theatrical release. See more »

Quotes

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

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

Soundtracks

Keep On
Performed by D. Train
Music and Lyrics by H. Eaves III and J. Williams
Published by Trumar/Muemar/Diesel
Courtesy of Prelude Records
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Ferrara takes on the mainstream... and we all lose.
7 September 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I think Abel Ferrara is quite possible the most underrated director working in America today. I have seen most of his movies, and even though they are a mixed bag, even his "failures" are at the very least interesting. Well I would have said that until finally seeing 'Fear City' his follow up to his revenge exploitation classic 'Ms. 45'. Like that movie 'Fear City' is written by Ferrara's regular collaborator Nicholas St.John so it's hard to see initially why this movie is so mediocre. At first, listening to the cheesy AOR title song ('New York Doll', by bizarrely enough former New York Doll David Johansen!), I thought I was in for some 80s damaged thriller, slightly flawed but still tough and substantial, ala Frankenheimer's '52 Pick-Up'. But no, as the movie progressed it became rapidly apparent that this was a major compromise, with little if any of Ferrara's usual sense of danger. Seeing someone like Tom Berenger star instead of an actor of the Keitel/Walken calibre, and Melanie Griffith instead of say, the late Zoe Lund, really tells you where this movie is coming from. The supporting cast includes hacks and non-talents like Jack Scalia, Billy Dee Williams, Rae Dawn Chong and Joe Santos. The only actor on screen I enjoyed at all was Michael V. Gazzo, who played Harvey Keitel's money lending old man in the brilliant 'Fingers'. Apart from his few noteworthy scenes, this is a tedious serial killer "thriller" pretty much on a made for TV level. A major disappointment and easily the least worthwhile Ferrara movie I've seen. For completests, or possibly masochists only.


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