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Vortex (1982)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 21 March 1987 (Japan)
A film noirish atmosphere is created to show detective Lunch (a popular underground musician and poet) plow her way through the plans of a corporate businessman who seeks government defense... See full summary »

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Beth B, Scott B

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Beth B, Scott B
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Russo ... Anthony Demmer
Lydia Lunch ... Angel Powers
William Rice William Rice ... Frederick Fields (as Bill Rice)
Ann Magnuson ... Pamela Fleming (as Ann Magnusen)
Brent Collins ... Peter
Bill Corsair Bill Corsair ... John Allen
Tom Webber Tom Webber ... Ron Gavers
Haoui Montaug Haoui Montaug ... Harry
Richard France ... Therapist
Chris Strang Chris Strang ... Tarman
Richard Prince Richard Prince ... Vito
Gideon Horowitz ... Doctor
David Kennedy ... Congressman White
Kristof Kolhofer Kristof Kolhofer ... Doctor
Dani Johnson Dani Johnson ... Patient / Teletypist
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Storyline

A film noirish atmosphere is created to show detective Lunch (a popular underground musician and poet) plow her way through the plans of a corporate businessman who seeks government defense contracts through real "corporate wars" and the manipulation of politicians. Written by Micki Bailey <mlbailey@bellsouth.net>

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1987 (Japan) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$80,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Angel Powers: The truth is a dead man's secret.
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Threadbare budget used effectively
2 December 2000 | by BaroqueSee all my reviews

This film, shot in 16mm with a tiny budget (reportedly a mere $80,000), was an attempt of bringing film noir stylings to independent film. The storyline works around a plot of corporate warfare and defense contract corruption uncovered by private detective Angel Powers, who is investigating the death of a government official. (Powers is played in deadpan style by Lydia Lunch [poet, musician, and the Godmother of Gothic Rock] and comes across as more "spike heel" than "gum shoe".) While the special effects and camera work reveal the painfully low budget at times, the atmosphere is particularly haunting, especially when accentuated by the film's jazz music score. An interesting period piece from the days before cam-corders and home computers, when people actually had to use film to make independent movies. Why this isn't on video or DVD goes beyond me, since it was one of the films that blazed the trail where other films like "The Blair Witch Project" went!


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