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The Red-Light Sting (1984)

Not Rated | | Thriller | TV Movie 5 March 1984
Government agent Frank Powell (Beau Bridges) is determined to bring down racketeering crime lord Oliver Sully (Harold Gould) but cannot find any evidence. Powell concocts a plan to have the... See full summary »

Director:

Rod Holcomb

Writers:

Howard Berk (teleplay), Rod Holcomb (article) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Farrah Fawcett ... Kathy Dunn
Beau Bridges ... Frank Powell
Harold Gould ... Oliver Sully
Paul Burke ... John Brockelhurst
Katherine Cannon ... Diane Marks
Alex Henteloff Alex Henteloff ... Jesse Lorner
Conrad Janis ... Bowman
Sunny Johnson ... Sonia
James Luisi ... Renny Lucas
Philip Charles MacKenzie ... Ruger
Murray MacLeod ... Ruger's Assistant
Macon McCalman ... Jeffers
Lawrence Pressman ... Larry Barton
Eddie Barth ... Sam Hollander
Stanley Kamel ... Hansen
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Storyline

Government agent Frank Powell (Beau Bridges) is determined to bring down racketeering crime lord Oliver Sully (Harold Gould) but cannot find any evidence. Powell concocts a plan to have the Justice Department buy a brothel, set up a professional call girl named Kathy Dunn (Farrah Fawcett) as a hostess, and get the crime boss on extortion. Written by Larry B.

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They paid $450,000 for a Whorehouse just to catch an Extortionist!

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Whorehouse Sting See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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No sting in forgettable Farrah vehicle...
2 February 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

This TV film, about an attorney trying to nab a crooked kingpin by purchasing a House of Ill Repute, was appropriately ignored upon its debut and today is hardly recalled. It must have dampened Farrah Fawcett's spirit to slip this dumb thing in between her off-Broadway show "Extremities" and the landmark TV drama "The Burning Bed". She was trying so hard at this point to change Hollywood's flossy image of her that anticipating reactions to "The Burning Bed" must have been nerve-wracking. "The Red-Light Sting" gets off to a wan start, but does improve by the third act. Still, it's just cop-drama nonsense, offering nothing new or exciting, while all of Fawcett's best work lay just ahead of her. Good supporting cast includes Beau Bridges, Sunny Johnson in her final film appearance, Paul Burke from "Valley of the Dolls", and Alex Henteloff who memorably co-starred with Fawcett years earlier in the "Night of the Strangler" episode of "Charlie's Angels".


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