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Hollywood Vice Squad (1986)

A mother goes to Hollywood to find her runaway daughter. The Vice Squad discovers that a dangerous gangster has turned the girl into one of his junkie teen prostitutes. The Squad also investigates illegal betting and a BDSM pornographer.

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Penelope Spheeris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronny Cox ... Captain Jensen
Frank Gorshin ... Walsh
Leon Isaac Kennedy ... Hawkins
Trish Van Devere ... Pauline Stanton (as Trish Van DeVere)
Carrie Fisher ... Betty Melton
Evan C. Kim Evan C. Kim ... Chang (as Evan Kim)
Joey Travolta Joey Travolta ... Stevens
H.B. Haggerty ... Tank
Cec Verrell ... Judy
Julius Harris ... Jesse
Marvin Kaplan ... Man with doll
Beau Starr ... Farber
Robert Miano ... Luchessi
Ben Frank ... Daley
Tom Everett ... Miller
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Three different teams of Hollywood Vice Squad officers work on three separate cases involving illegal betting run by the Mob, a sleazy BDSM porn director and a ruthless old gangster who runs a teenage prostitution ring. Officers Chang and Stevens work the streets busting hookers. Chang's favorite m.o. is turning into an exaggerated caricature of a stereotypical Asian tourist to gain the girls' trust and then bust them. Things take a serious turn when one of the girls turns out to be a dangerous man in drag who puts a knife to Chang's throat and forces him to take a ride with him, forcing Stevens to engage in hot pursuit. Officer Betty Melton is a rookie who wants to prove herself but her superiors, officers Chavez and Miller, won't let her. When she accidentally witnesses a sleazy backyard BDSM porn shoot involving what seems to be an underage actor, Betty turns to Captain Jensen in hopes of finally getting a case to investigate by herself, but Jensen orders Chavez and Miller to grow ...

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The most unusual police force in the world


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1986 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Vice See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This movie was the inspiration for the fictional film being made by in "Postcards from the Edge". See more »

Quotes

Man with doll: Meet Mike. Shake hands. Get acquainted
Betty Melton: I bet you have names for every part of your body, huh?
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Referenced in The Big Box: To the Devil a Daughter (2009) See more »

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Hi-Heel Shoes
Performed and Composed by Chris Spedding
Published by Reliable Melodies, Inc. (BMI)
Administered by Bug
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A remake of the Paul Schrader/George C. Scott film "Hardcore" (1979}
25 December 2006 | by Lando FreeSee all my reviews

Without seeing this film and reading the plot outline, I can see that this is clearly a rip-off of Paul Schrader's classic film entitled, "Hardcore" starring George C. Scott from 1979. Check out this plot outline from Hardcore: "A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter whom is making porno films in the porno pits of Los Angeles. " Sound familiar?

What a rip off of the Scrhrader/Scott classic. It is funny to note and to Carrie Fisher's delight that there are a few references to Star Wars...watch and see, you won't believe your eyes.


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