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Working Girls (1986)

Unrated | | Drama | 20 March 1987 (USA)
A day in the life of several prostitutes in an upscale Manhattan whore house. The film is a stark portrayal of the women prostitutes, the male customers and the motivations of both. Watch ... See full summary »

Director:

Lizzie Borden

Writers:

Lizzie Borden (story), Lizzie Borden (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louise Smith Louise Smith ... Molly
Deborah Banks Deborah Banks ... Diane
Liz Caldwell Liz Caldwell ... Liz
Marusia Zach Marusia Zach ... Gina
Amanda Goodwin ... Dawn
Boomer Tibbs Boomer Tibbs ... Bob
Eli Hasson Eli Hasson ... Voice of Hasid (voice)
Tony Whiting Tony Whiting ... Voice of Gina's Client (voice)
Richard M. Davidson Richard M. Davidson ... Jerry (as Richard Davidson)
Ronald Willoughby Ronald Willoughby ... John
Paul Slimak Paul Slimak ... Jay
Fred Neumann Fred Neumann ... Fantasy Fred
Patience Pierce Patience Pierce ... Kathy
Ellen McElduff ... Lucy
Grant Wheaton Grant Wheaton ... Robert
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Storyline

A day in the life of several prostitutes in an upscale Manhattan whore house. The film is a stark portrayal of the women prostitutes, the male customers and the motivations of both. Watch as the madam manipulates her "girls". Watch as she answers the phone by saying "Hello John, what's new and different?" Watch as the "johns" try to manipulate the "girls". Part nudie exploitation, part sociological thesis. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Taglines:

Sex. Money. Kinky Customers. Lunch. For These Girls, It's All In A Day's Work.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Profissionais do Sonho See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,777,378

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,777,378
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The MPAA objected strongly to the scene where Molly is trying to insert her diaphragm but the scene was kept in. See more »

Quotes

Lucy: What's new and different?
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Crazy Credits

"Funded in part by grants from: New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Jerome Foundation." See more »

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Realistic and insightful
19 May 1999 | by MeYesMeSee all my reviews

What we see is a day in the life of a brothel working girl. This is no cartoonish whorehouse with supermodels in garter belts sucking poutily on their fingers while lounging suggestively on chaise lounges in a gaudy parlor. These are real-looking women at the workplace.

Nothing unusual happens today. Someone calls in sick, someone has to pick up an extra shift, someone new starts work, lunch is ordered, jokes are shared, co-workers talk about how much they hate their boss, just a normal day, just a normal job.

Only it's not a normal job. This is such an honest film, it blew me away. Prostitution isn't glamorized, nor is its depiction harsh enough to scare you straight. Good script, well worth seeing.

The drawback? Obvious amateurs in most of the roles. Sometimes the acting is wooden -- but it can be forgiven because everything else is anything but.


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