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Street Smart (1987)

A New York journalist lies when his fake story about a pimp describes a real pimp up for murder.

Director:

Jerry Schatzberg

Writer:

David Freeman
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Reeve ... Jonathan Fisher
Kathy Baker ... Punchy
Mimi Rogers ... Alison Parker
Jay Patterson ... Leonard Pike
Andre Gregory ... Ted Avery
Morgan Freeman ... Fast Black
Anna Maria Horsford ... Harriet
Frederick Rolf Frederick Rolf ... Joel Davis
Erik King ... Reggie
Michael J. Reynolds ... Art Sheffield
Shari Hilton Shari Hilton ... Darlene
Donna Bailey Donna Bailey ... Yvonne
Ed Van Nuys Ed Van Nuys ... Judge
Daniel Nalbach Daniel Nalbach ... Singer
Rick Aviles ... Solo
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Storyline

Magazine reporter Jonathan Fisher, in danger of losing his job, promises to write a factual hard-hitting story of prostitution. But when he tries to get information from the subjects, he is ignored. So he ends up faking a well received story of a pimp, describing his life and crimes. But police think the story is of a real life pimp who is wanted for murder and start pressuring him to reveal the identity of subject in his story, and all he knows. The pimp the police suspect, also thinks the story is about himself, and wants to know what Jonathan knows, and who told him. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Taglines:

Never let the truth ruin a good story. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Street Smart See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$325,835, 22 March 1987

Gross USA:

$1,119,112

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,119,112
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Jerry Schatzberg and Christopher Reeve wanted to shoot the film in New York City, where it is set, but The Cannon Group, Inc. insisted the picture be shot in Montreal, Quebec. The move ended up saving the movie between one and two million dollars. See more »

Goofs

Right when Punch and her pimp enter the party, the editor announces them at the door..They cut to a woman on the stairs and Punchies leopard skin leotard clad legs are stretched out behind her. They have a scene on the stairs a few minutes later. See more »

Quotes

Ted Avery: [laughing and reading Jonathan's article about the pimp] It's wonderful! Listen. Listen to this! "Although he doesn't vote and never has Tyrone has no modesty about his own political potential. If I was the president, he says, I could fix the world in 30 seconds. I sent everybody pussy and they don't have no time for trouble." It's terrific. It's first rate. It's a real breakthrough! Let it change pussy for something else.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Payin For It Now
Written by D. Amy & Robert Cray
Performed by The Robert Cray Band
Published by Calhoun St. Music (BMI)
Administered by Bug Music
Courtesy of Hightone Records & Bug Music
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very enjoyable and taut crime thriller
30 May 2005 | by wellsortofSee all my reviews

I found this movie to be very entertaining and well done, with good performances across the board. I agree with previous reviewers that the late Chris Reeve's performances in other movies, and at times this one, could be seen as wooden. That being said, I think he played his role extremely well, because it was able to work with Morgan Freeman's outbursts and explosions. Because of the problems encountered by his fabricated story, Reeve's performance was handled well being outside of his environment as much as he was. He was unsure and understated, and being a reporter, being unemotional was in his well being. On the other end, Morgan Freeman was fantastic! Seeing him in a role like this makes you want to see him take on a role where he can be the loose cannon.

This movie can show what happens when you "create" a story and you do it TOO well. More people should see it and comment on it.


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