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Season Hubley (HARDCORE) stars as Princess, a loving single mom turned Hollywood hooker who can provide any depraved pleasure for the right price. But when a volatile cop (Gary Swanson) uses her to trap a sadistic killer, Princess becomes the prey of a psychotic pimp known as Ramrod (a mind-blowing, take-noprisoners performance by Wings Hauser). Tonight, the neon jungle of Los Angeles will explode in an orgy of vengeance and violence. And the only outlaws more desperate than the hustlers, whores and freaks that rule the streets are the VICE SQUAD. "You may think you’ve heard of every sickness and perversion movies like to titter about," wrote Rex Reed in The New York Daily News, "but there are quite a few in VICE SQUAD you’ve never dreamed possible!" Pepe Serna (SCARFACE) and original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood co-star in this vicious ‘80s action smash from the creator of the ‘schoolgirl hooker’ hit ANGEL and the director of DEAD & BURIED.

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Gary Sherman
  • Still and poster gallery
  • Radio spots
  • Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Season Hubley, Gary Swanson, Wings Hauser, Pepe Serna, Beverly Todd
  • Directors: Gary Sherman
  • Writers: Gary Sherman, Kenneth Peters, Robert Vincent O'Neill, Sandy Howard
  • Producers: Brian E. Frankish, Frank Capra Jr., Frank Hildebrand
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CEXF60
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,316 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vice Squad" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

It's one of the best thrillers I've ever seen.
It's too bad they don't make big screen movies like this very much nowadays.
The film is also beautifully photographed in all it's neon decadence.
David Baldwin

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Get What We Give VINE VOICE on June 6, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
First of all, Vice Squad was NOT made in 1990. Where Amazon came up with this date is beyond me. The film was released in 1982.
The focus of the film is "Princess" (Season Hubley - the one time Mrs. Kurt Russell) a pretty, if not anorexically thin, hooker who happens to have a kid she is trying to raise.

The setting is a single night in Hollywood, CA.'s seamy underside. The Vice Squad is trying to find the pimp who killed a young hooker named Ginger by beating her to deah with a "pimp stick" (this is something I did not know about - it is apparently a wire coat hanger bent up in such a way that can inflict major damage).
The cops stumble across Princess, an otherwise suburban mom who packs her kid off to her monther's in Barstow every so often so that she can turn enough tricks to pay the bills. (In other words she's one of Hollywood's favorite stereotypes: the kindly hooker).
The Vice Squad asks for Princess' help in arresting Ginger's psycho pimp: Ramrod. Now, Wings Hauser plays Ramrod. And let me tell you, this is one sick and demented SOB. He gets off on inflicting pain and humiliation on others.
The cops get him and...film over right?
Wrong. Ramrod gets away from the cops and he's out for revenge on Princess.
Essentially this is a chase film, but it isn't your standard chase film. Along the way you learn some of "hooker terminology" and you are introduced to some of the more bizarre clientele of those ladies of the night: a guy who wants Princess to dress in a slutty wedding dress while the Wedding March plays, then as she enters the room where he is: a mortuary, in a coffin, the music turns to the death march...
This is a good film noir.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on March 9, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
According to the film Vice Squad (1982), the streets of Hollywood seem to be the place to be if you're a hustler, hooker, pimp, fiend, junkie, pusher, freak, weirdo, drag queen, deviant, reprobate, toe sucker, or just a degenerate miscreant in general...co-written and directed by Gary Sherman (Death Line, Dead & Buried, Poltergeist III), the film features Season Hubley (Escape from New York), Gary Swanson (The Bone Collector), and Wings Hauser (Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time, Tales from the Hood). Also appearing is former MTV video disc jockey Nina Blackwood, Beverly Todd (They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!), Lydia Lei (Doctor Detroit), Fred `Rerun' Berry ("What's Happening!!"), and Hispanic character actor Pepe Serna (Red Dawn, Silverado), whom your may remember as Al Pacino's henchman who lost a few inches off the top via a chainsaw in the 1983 Brian De Palma film Scarface.

Season Hubley plays a single mother with a young daughter, relatively new to town, who makes ends meet as a prostitute named `Princess'. As she's preparing to send her daughter away for the weekend so that she can hit the streets to ply her trade, she gets a frantic phone call from another streetwalker named `Ginger' (Blackwood), who's since gone into hiding after a vicious beating she received from her psychotic cowboy pimp named Ramrod (Hauser). Princess, who's what's known as an `outlaw' (she works for herself), tries to give Ginger some advice, but it's pretty much a waste of time as Ginger's kind of stupid, possibly due to the fact Ramrod cracked her in the skull a few too many times (Ramrod eventually catches up to Ginger and whips her Mommie Dearest style with a `pimp stick', which is basically a bent out of shape clothes hanger).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 23, 2006
Format: DVD
Wow...I have not thought about this movie in over 20 years. I recall seeing it first at a drive in when if first came out and later on TV. This is really an outstanding movie that really doesn't star any major names. Wings Hauser playing psychotic pimp and for the older MTV crowd, Nina Blackwood, one of the original VJ's plays a hooker named Ginger. After murdering a hooker, the LA police are after Ramrod. They use another hooker named Princess played by Season Hubley as bait to bring him down. The plan goes awry when he escapes from the police and then begins to relentlessly track down Princess intent on killing her as well.

The scene is the gritty, seedy streets of nighttime Hollywood filled with prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers, and every sort of degenerate and the film does a marvelous job of capturing this potent atmosphere. Wings Hauser is absolutely mesmerizing and terrifying as Ramrod. Almost like Jason from Friday the 13th except with a personality. He's pure malice and sadistic to the core and he really makes the film. In many ways Vice Squad was a bit ahead of its time as far as a gritty street thriller and is definitely worth a look.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Adam Fisher on April 2, 2004
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I saw this movie dozens of times in the 80s. It was always a HUGE favorite of mine. I started looking for it again in the 90s but it was increasingly hard to come by. After finding it again, all I can say is one word: RAMROD!! As sick, violent and twisted as he is, you can't help but be mesmerized by his presence. He always has your complete attention when he's on. Wings Hauser portrays Ramrod as an insanely violent, white pimp who works the seedy Hollywood area. His temper is always out of control. Add Ramrod to the scummy Hollywood streets, prostitutes and pimps, and you have a movie which will definately give you the escape you need from tedious, boring everyday life. There are some pretty sick, violent parts just as a warning, but if you want an escape, as I said, from the drab, dull "life is wonderful" B.S. sitcoms and horrendously awful reality shows that are crammed down our throats on TV today, this will take you away from nice , quiet, wonderful suburban sitcoms into the slimy world of Hollywood's sex-for-sale world. Check it out!! Again, one word: RAMROD!!
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