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Street Smart (1987)

A New York journalist lies when his fake story about a pimp describes a real pimp up for murder.

Director:

Jerry Schatzberg

Writer:

David Freeman
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Reeve ... Jonathan Fisher
Kathy Baker ... Punchy
Mimi Rogers ... Alison Parker
Jay Patterson ... Leonard Pike
Andre Gregory ... Ted Avery
Morgan Freeman ... Fast Black
Anna Maria Horsford ... Harriet
Frederick Rolf Frederick Rolf ... Joel Davis
Erik King ... Reggie
Michael J. Reynolds ... Art Sheffield
Shari Hilton Shari Hilton ... Darlene
Donna Bailey Donna Bailey ... Yvonne
Ed Van Nuys Ed Van Nuys ... Judge
Daniel Nalbach Daniel Nalbach ... Singer
Rick Aviles ... Solo
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Storyline

Magazine reporter Jonathan Fisher, in danger of losing his job, promises to write a factual hard-hitting story of prostitution. But when he tries to get information from the subjects, he is ignored. So he ends up faking a well received story of a pimp, describing his life and crimes. But police think the story is of a real life pimp who is wanted for murder and start pressuring him to reveal the identity of subject in his story, and all he knows. The pimp the police suspect, also thinks the story is about himself, and wants to know what Jonathan knows, and who told him. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Taglines:

Never let the truth ruin a good story. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armação Perigosa See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$325,835, 22 March 1987

Gross USA:

$1,119,112

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,119,112
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Cannon Group, Inc. agreed to finance this film as a pet project of Christopher Reeve, on the condition that he appear in at least one more Superman film, to which they had recently acquired the rights. The result was this, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). See more »

Goofs

Right when Punch and her pimp enter the party, the editor announces them at the door..They cut to a woman on the stairs and Punchies leopard skin leotard clad legs are stretched out behind her. They have a scene on the stairs a few minutes later. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Fisher: Are you Fast Black?
Fast Black: To some. My momma always called me Leo. Leo Smalls Jr.
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Soundtracks

Salsa Suite Part II
Written by Larry Harlow
Performed by Larry Harlow & Orchestra
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"I wanna know what its like to be you?"
14 January 2012 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Morgan Freeman has a commanding presence and he does it with such little ease. Here is no different in a pimp role, as you could say outside the fittingly gritty and authentic urban location work that really puts you there. He is the best thing about this movie. Giving his character plenty of personality with weight, but an underlining edginess that sees him playing it rough when he "had" too. That's not taking anything away from the likes of Christopher Reeve, Kathy Baker and Mimi Rogers. Reeves is rather accomplished as the reporter who finds himself in a difficult position --- career and personal life, but his morals are really put to the test. The ladies are the ones who come off being the ones you care for. New York journalist Jonathan Fisher is not getting anywhere in his attempt to write an article on prostitution, so he writes a fictional expose on a pimp, that ends up seeing him gather numerous praise for its realism. However this fake piece seems to resemble that of a real life pimp; "Fast Black" who's on trail for murder. As things become unstuck, Fisher now finds himself caught in a dangerous predicament with the distract attorney on one side wanting these notes and Fast Black on the other trying to get him on his side by showing him in the real life of a pimp. How one little lie can escalate into something much more. This smoky dramatic thriller doesn't exploit the glamorous nature, but gets dirty as things spiral out of control and circumstances are manipulated to suit one's own favour. This leads to some dangerous consequences for both sides. The interplay between Freeman and Reeves' characters are always gripping and at times quite intense and spontaneous. The rigid narrative does have some questionable details, but remains digestible and cleverly explosive up until its sudden ending of street justice that the courts couldn't supply. Also memorable is the swaying jazz flavour to the music soundtrack and Baker as one of Fast Black's hookers. This enterprise was produced by Cannon.

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