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Whore (1991)

NC-17 | | Drama | 18 October 1991 (USA)
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The prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man. She leaves him with their son. Then she works as waitress in a ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Russell

Writers:

David Hines (play), Ken Russell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Theresa Russell ... Liz
Benjamin Mouton ... Blake
Antonio Fargas ... Rasta
Elizabeth Morehead ... Katie
Daniel Quinn ... Brutal Man
Sanjay Chandani ... Indian (as Sanjay)
Jason Saucier Jason Saucier ... Bill
Michael Crabtree ... Man in Car
Jered Barclay Jered Barclay ... Dead Trick in Car
Doug MacHugh Doug MacHugh ... Man in Diner
Amanda Goodwin ... Martha, Liz's Girlfriend
Frank Smith Frank Smith ... Charlie
Jason Kristofer ... Shy Kid in Van
Robert O'Reilly ... Younger Man in Car
Ginger Lynn ... Wounded Girl (as Ginger Lynn Allen)
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The prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man. She leaves him with their son. Then she works as waitress in a diner until the day a man introduces her to prostitution. Later she is raped by at least five men and the pimp Blake "protects" her. Liz tries to escape from Blake and befriends the prostitute Katie; however Blake chases her. On the streets, she befriends the homeless Rasta (Antonio Fargas) that helps her when she needs. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

Director Ken Russell made the movie as a response to Pretty Woman (1990). See more »

Goofs

When Liz gives the finger to the anal-sex enthusiast in the opening scene, a person is walking through the tunnel toward her. When she turns around a moment later, the pedestrian disappears. See more »

Quotes

Liz: [Liz finds Sanjay using a bicycle pump on his tire] Oh, you got a flat. Need help pumping it up?
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Crazy Credits

Credits have MCMLXXXXI for 1991, should read MCMXCI. See more »

Alternate Versions

The aforementioned European version, running 92 minutes was also released in North America on VHS, with an "unrated" label. See more »

Connections

Featured in Rude Tube: Rom Dotcom (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

YOUR LOVE
Performed by Sandie Morgan
Written by M. Moses
Produced by Mitch Moses and Bart Adams
Courtesy of Select Records
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A Fine Line between Failure and Success
28 March 1999 | by VerhoHoSee all my reviews

"Whore" is , appropriately, a cartoonish response to "Pretty Woman". The cartoonish, satirical bent the film has (in the face of its horrific situations) is exactly what makes it so brilliant. What was so awful about "Pretty Woman" was the commodification of prostitution as something glamorous, fulfilling and rewarding; pablum to be swallowed by American masses. "Whore"'s success depends less on the performances and direction and more on the viewer's willingness to think. The ideology that Ken Russell has placed on the material is unmistakable and renders everything else about the film meaningless. It really comes down to the viewer--If you are intelligent enough as a viewer to read the subtext, you either agree with it or you don't. Personally, I love everything about it, from Teresa Russell's sarcastic, bombastic, career-wrecking performance to the simple joy of seeing Antonio Fargas on screen again, "Whore" is a great, intelligent film worth repeated viewings. The real tragedy is that this will be Ken Russell's last great film. He has lived long enough to see his wonderful style get railroaded into soft-core porn and made-for-cable sci-fi. The world would be a better place if he had been bestowed with the same luck as Paul Verhoeven.


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Language:

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Release Date:

18 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$165,534, 6 October 1991

Gross USA:

$1,008,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,008,404
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| (R Rated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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