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Streets (1990)

Serious, well-made story of runaways living in Venice, California, under the threat of a psychotic cop who is a serial killer of prostitutes.

Director:

Katt Shea

Writers:

Andy Ruben, Katt Shea (as Katt Shea Ruben)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Applegate ... Dawn
David Mendenhall ... Sy
Eb Lottimer ... Lumley
Jane Chung Jane Chung ... Old Bag Woman
Starr Andreeff Starr Andreeff ... Policewoman on Horse
Alexander Folk ... Bagley
J Bartell J Bartell ... Officer #1 (as J. Bartell)
Paul Ben-Victor ... Officer #2
Tom Ruben Tom Ruben ... Officer #3
David Lawrence David Lawrence ... Plumber
Patrick Richwood ... Bob
Aron Eisenberg ... Roach
Sheryl Bence Sheryl Bence ... Punk Girl
Kady Tran Kady Tran ... Dawn's Blonde Roommate
Julie Jay Julie Jay ... Dawn's Tattooed Roommate
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Storyline

Tough drama looks at the plight of a young L.A. prostitute, who shoots heroin to get through the day, sells sex just to survive, and eats roadkill sometimes when there isn't anything else available. Into this futile existence is thrown a psycho killer, who gets off on raping and slaughtering the girls he catches on the streets. Sy is a straight kid from Sanata Barbara, who gets drawn into this scuzzy underworld and tries to rescue the young prostitute from the killer and her existence. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Christina Applegate Is a 16 Year Old Hooker Who Just Picked Up The Wrong Customer.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calles peligrosas See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,708, 22 January 1990, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,510,053
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Quotes

Dawn: By the way, you can forget it - I don't do sex with friends.
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Crazy Credits

Six characters from one scene are named "troglodyte". See more »

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Features Galaxy of Terror (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Dawn's Theme
Performed by Elizabeth Daily (as E.G. Daily)
Music by Aaron Davis
Lyrics by Andy Ruben
Mixed by Jeff Mar
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This could haven been much better
17 April 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Forgotten movie which barely got a release. I didn't even know it existed until I saw it while casually browsing at a video store. Homeless teenager hooker Dawn (Christina Applegate) angers psychotic cop Lumley (Eb Lottimer) who wants to kill her. She runs into a nice, normal teenage boy (David Mendenhall) and, together, they try to get away from the cop.

Supposedly factual movie on the lives of homeless kids in Vencie, California. It was obviously made on a VERY low budget and looks appropriately grimy and gritty. It is well directed and Applegate is just fantastic as Dawn. Mendenhall has his moments too and it has an incredibly sad (but realistic) ending. Still, two things really lessen this film.

One is some truly terrible dialogue--the situations are believable but the dialogue isn't. The second is Lottimer as the killer--he's not a bad actor but his character is given NO depth or insight. Also the bursts of VERY graphic violence are jarring. With a little more polish to the script and more depth this might have worked. As it stands it's only worth seeing for Applegate and some nice direction. I can only give it a 7.


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