Streetwalkin' [Roger Corman's Cult Classics]
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Audio commentary with Director/Writer, Joan Freeman & Producer/Writer, Robert Alden
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But no. Cookie's OK strolling the Minnesota Strip and acting like head cheerleader to Duke's football hero. She's taken on the "mom" role with Tim; the other working girls and street denizens form a scuzzy, yet functional, community. Street life is just shown as another way of life, and director and co-writer Joan Freeman takes a refreshingly nonjudgmental approach to the subject.
Freeman and company get a lot right here. The low budget--this is from Roger Corman's Concorde Films--meant that the crew couldn't build sets and had to shoot in real locations; thus, the gritty mid-80s Times Square/42nd Street milieu is front and center, making the film an authentic snapshot of scuzzy times gone by. While some of the sex-for-cash scenes are played kind of for laughs, there's nothing outrageous or ridiculous about them. It's edgy as opposed to exciting, more frank than sensationalized, though the requisite violence and nudity are there. Save for the pre-credit sequence in the bus station, the entire film takes place over the course of one night, making it sort of a Hooker Graffiti.
The thriller aspect is what keeps the film moving, but the well-developed characters make it interesting.Read more ›
Witnessing the DVD cover and from reading summaries of the movie, I got the impression that the film was about a runaway girl who ends up becoming a prostitute in New York City. While that does happen, the movie regrettably is more about her violent first pimp who crashes his way into just about every scene. The plot also follows this pimp character during his separate strange scenes.
The picture is not very crisp and clean but is good enough for viewing at night. It is widescreen for 16x9. Beware: this has a loud screechy soundtrack and often there are annoying clicks and pops that mostly come from the right speaker but there are a few on the left as well. But you sure can hear everything.
The music selections are quite good and are songs that I've never heard of... I may look into purchasing some of them.
All-in-all I give it 3 stars. Two stars only for overall DVD quality and an extra star for nice-looking, scantily-clad women.
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A lost gem. not being a fan of Roger Cormans, liked the title and ordered, well pleased I did
What a cast, very well acted, good story line. Read more
Not a bad picture over all, the girl is a bit naive to believe that her pimp loves her.
Julie Newmar is hot as a hooker.
Melissa DeLeo's wonderful teenage boobs. She plays the part of a deservedly successful hooker and I'm sure this led to subsequent Academy Award. Buy it.Published on December 12, 2013 by Henry A. Filippone