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Hardcore (1979)

A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits.

Director:

Paul Schrader

Writer:

Paul Schrader
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George C. Scott ... Jake VanDorn
Peter Boyle ... Andy Mast
Season Hubley ... Niki
Dick Sargent ... Wes DeJong
Leonard Gaines Leonard Gaines ... Ramada
Dave Nichols Dave Nichols ... Kurt (as David Nichols)
Gary Graham ... Tod (as Gary Rand Graham)
Larry Block Larry Block ... Detective Burrows
Marc Alaimo ... Ratan
Leslie Ackerman ... Felice
Charlotte McGinnis Charlotte McGinnis ... Beatrice (as Charlotte McGinnes)
Ilah Davis Ilah Davis ... Kristen VanDorn
Paul Marin ... Joe VanDorn
Will Walker Will Walker ... Jism Jim
Hal Williams ... Big Dick Blaque
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Storyline

Jake Van Dorn is a businessman from the American heartland who shares strong Calvinist convictions with most of his countrymen. His teenage daughter is missing from her church youth convention trip to California and Van Dorn hires a private investigator to find her. The result of the investigation is his daughter is spotted in a cheap X-rated movie. Van Dorn decides to bring her back personally and during the quest he becomes familiar with the pornographic underworld. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Taglines:

"Oh my God, that's my daughter."

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 April 1979 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hardcore See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

A-Team, Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's "Hardcore" title had two meanings according to publicity for the picture. An edition of Movie News magazine published in 1979 stated that "Hardcore is modern slang for what used to be called smut - or pornography. It's also an adjective used to described unwavering religious faith and old-fashioned values". See more »

Goofs

Panties suddenly appear on Niki's fully nude body in the peep booth. This goof is seen on old video and cable un-matted versions. (On DVD, the portion showing that Nikki has panties is properly cropped out and doesn't show.) See more »

Quotes

[after Jake explains TULIP theology]
Niki: And I thought I was fucked up.
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Connections

Referenced in Cat People: An Intimate Portrait by Paul Schrader (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Guardian Angel
Written by Willy DeVille
Performed by Mink DeVille
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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User Reviews

Still a very powerful and impressive film.
11 December 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Paul Schrader's celebrated collaborations with Martin Scorsese will unfortunately always overshadow his own directorial efforts. His own movies have been variable to say the least ranging from the truly forgettable (e.g. 'Light Of Day' and 'Witch Hunt', both from the "what on earth was he thinking?!" category), to the truly unforgettable ('Mishima', and 'Light Sleeper', both sadly overlooked). 'Hardcore' is one of his best efforts in my opinion, but MUST be watched taking into consideration WHEN it was made, and the censorship prevalent at the time (something a few of the other comments here fail to do). Over twenty years later certain scenes seem way too tame and almost unintentionally humorous to our jaded "sophisticated" movie-going eyes, but even so to me overall it is still a very powerful and impressive film. And for those who think it too dated and "safe" just compare it to Schumacher's lame '8MM', a movie which is almost an uncredited remake of 'Hardcore' in some ways, but one that despite the relaxation in depicting sex, violence and profanity in mainstream moviemaking, fails to pack the punch that Schrader's movie does. 'Dr Strangelove's George C. Scott is solid as a straight-laced and in many ways unworldly man who finds himself in the alien (to him) urban world of sleazy strip joints, sex shops and pornography. Season Hubley (John Carpenter's 'Elvis') plays the streetwise hooker who becomes his guide. Peter Boyle ('Taxi Driver', 'Young Frankenstein')) is a stand out as a crafty low life private detective. Buffs will also get a kick out of small roles by Tracey Walter ('Repo Man') and Ed Begley Jr ('Meet The Applegates') as a clerk in a dirty book store and a porn actor respectively. 'Hardcore' is a very fine movie, one of the most underrated of the 1970s, and highly recommended viewing.


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