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Savage Streets (1984)

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A teenage vigilante seeks revenge on a group of violent thugs who raped her handicapped sister and killed her best friend.


Danny Steinmann, Tom DeSimone (uncredited)


Norman Yonemoto (screenplay), Danny Steinmann (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Blair ... Brenda
John Vernon ... Principal Underwood
Robert Dryer ... Jake
Johnny Venokur Johnny Venokur ... Vince (as Johnny Venocur)
Sal Landi ... Fargo
Scott Mayer Scott Mayer ... Red
Debra Blee ... Rachel
Lisa Freeman Lisa Freeman ... Francine Anne Ramirez
Marcia Karr ... Stevie
Luisa Leschin Luisa Leschin ... Maria
Linnea Quigley ... Heather
Ina Romeo ... Stella
Jill Jaxx Jill Jaxx ... Waitress (as Jill Bunker)
Mitch Carter ... Greg
Richard DeHaven Richard DeHaven ... Richie


After a night out in the streets of L.A., the lively high school student, Brenda, and her all-girl team, The Satins, decide to play an innocent prank on the brutal street gang of dope-dealers, The Scars. But, before long, Brenda's beloved deaf-mute sister, Heather, catches the eye of their vicious leader, Jake, who, with the help of his companions, sexually assault the defenceless girl, leaving her for dead as payback. Now, there's no turning back, and as blood demands more blood, a deadly Brenda sets out on a violent journey of retribution to settle the score. Her friends are some lethal bear traps and a mighty crossbow. Who can stand in the way of the leather-clad female avenger? Written by Nick Riganas

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What They Just Did To Her Little Sister Is Worse Than A Crime ... Now Witness The Ultimate Execution! See more »


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Did You Know?


During a 2004 interview, Linnea Quigley was asked if it was very nerve wracking to appear nude in front of lots of people during the rape scene, knowing that the whole world might see her, or if she found it liberating. She said "I don't find nudity liberating at all. I had a hard time every time I was required to be nude (in this and other films), since the cast and crew all have to try to get on set like they have never seen a naked woman before, so I always tried to have closed sets." See more »


During the rape scene in the locker room, Heather is conscious and alert until after the rape is over, when Jake kicks her in the head and leaves her bloodied and unconscious. Later, when Vince flees the Scars, he has a flashback to the scene, which shows Heather being raped while bloodied and presumably unconscious. See more »


Principal Underwood: [Brenda is standing in Underwood's office after the fight with Cindy] Now I'm sorry about your sister, Brenda. The police are doing everything they can. But she shouldn't have been there in the first place.
Brenda: Fuck you!
Principal Underwood: [smiles] You're a tough little bitch, aren't you? I like that. But I don't give second warnings. So consider yourself suspended.
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Alternate Versions

Passed uncut (all previous cuts waived) by the BBFC 0n the 7/4/2011 See more »


Referenced in Hill Street Blues: Look Homeward, Ninja (1986) See more »


Words and Music by Linda Chase, Michael Greeley and David Currier
Performed by 3-Speed (as 3 Speed)
Produced by Phil Green and 3-Speed (as 3 Speed)
(C) 1984 Paws Music BMI
(P) 1984 MCA Records, Inc.
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Blair and Quigley, an exploitation "one-two"
2 May 2000 | by silentgpaleoSee all my reviews

This is not a film that anyone is proud of, I'm sure.

The mere premise of Linda Blair as a street tough is enough to crack me up. And, when you see her in action, spouting the insipid dialogue, you wish that you were watching The Exorcist again.

SAVAGE STREETS, despite some dull parts, is entertaining. The locales are seedy, the music is canned. Blair is hilariously butch. John Vernon is solid as the strutting principal.

But the film is painful to watch in some parts. A good example is the rape scene with Quigley. Linnea is playing a deaf girl who's character is underage. So when the camera shows her trying to scream, having her clothes ripped off by toughs, it is anything but entertaining. I felt that Quigley, as is her usual, was attempting to make her part as credible as possible. Her performance is much better than the film, but the script and direction fail her. I was upset when she was attacked in the film; it is a tasteless and gratuitous scene.

Of course, good taste and restraint were the last things I expected from this film.

The rape scene is a plot point, however.When Blair goes on her brief rampage, you know where this movie is headed storywise. The film turns into Death Wish, with hints of high school delinquint movies.

Too many borrowed ideas, and not enough real humor; SAVAGE STREETS is an exploitation film without irony.

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Release Date:

5 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy Fine's Savage Streets See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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