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Variety (1983)

Not Rated | | Drama | 8 March 1985 (USA)
A woman becomes obsessed with pornography and the mysterious rich patron of the Times Square porn theater called Variety where she works selling tickets. This awakens her sexuality, which confuses her worried boyfriend.


Bette Gordon


Kathy Acker (script), Bette Gordon (original story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy McLeod Sandy McLeod ... Christine
Will Patton ... Mark
Richard M. Davidson Richard M. Davidson ... Louie (as Richard Davidson)
Luis Guzmán ... Jose
Nan Goldin Nan Goldin ... Nan
Lee Tucker Lee Tucker ... Projectionist
Peter Rizzo Peter Rizzo ... Driver
Mark Boone Junior ... Business Manager / Porn Customer
April Andres April Andres ... Woman in Bar
Suzanne Fletcher Suzanne Fletcher ... Woman in Bar
Peyton Green Peyton Green ... Woman in Bar
Cookie Mueller ... Woman in Bar
Norma Angelica Rodriguez Norma Angelica Rodriguez ... Woman in Bar (as Norma Rodriguez)
Sally Rodwell Sally Rodwell ... Woman in Bar
Scotty Snyder Scotty Snyder ... Mother (voice) (as Scotty Snider)


Christine (Sandy McLeod) takes a job selling tickets at a porno theater near Times Square. Instead of distancing herself from the dark and erotic nature of this milieu, she develops an obsession that begins to consume her life. Few films deal honestly with a female sexual pointof-view, controversial and highly personal, VARIETY does just this. Written by Anonymous

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Did You Know?


The theater in the film was not located in Times Square. The real theater, Variety Photoplays, was located on Third Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets in the East Village. It can be seen in Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" in the scene where Jodie Foster jumps into Robert DeNiro's cab to get away from her pimp. The marquee can clearly be seen out the back windshield. See more »


The footage of a Yankees game [0:51] shows Yankees pitcher "49" pitching to Yankees batter "36" while another Yankee steals second base. Behind the plate is catcher "15" from an opposing team (possible the Baltimore Orioles), although the scoreboard shot during the National Anthem depicted a game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. See more »


References Laura's Desires (1977) See more »


Performed by Eddie Palmieri
Tico Records
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Follow That Cab!
11 July 2004 | by rduSee all my reviews

When adult theaters such as the one profiled in this film were prolific, feminist activists would lead tours of Times Square to bring attention to their cause.

The main character's regular and extensive swimming exercise is a good analogy for the pace of the film. Steady, slow, heavy.

One amusing note, when our heroine follows her mystery man who has just taken a cab, she jumps into another cab, the sax is on the soundtrack, no dialouge, but you can read her lips: "Follow that Cab!"

It's also ironic that she follows him to the Fulton Street Fish Market, which in real life became the focus of an extensive organized crime probe.

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$80,000 (estimated)
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