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Roberta (1999)

When Jonathan Fishman, a young Manhattan computer specialist randomly encounters a prostitute he is shocked to recognize her as Roberta whom he knew when they were both children. To the ... See full summary »

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Eric Mandelbaum

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Eric Mandelbaum
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kevin Corrigan ... Jonathan Fishman
Daisy Rojas Daisy Rojas ... Roberta
Amy Ryan ... Judy
Bill Sage ... Philip
Brian Tarantina ... Donald
Johnny Tran Johnny Tran ... Sam
Ed Vassallo ... Alex (as Edward Vassallo)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Epps ... Mike
Tiprin Mandalay Tiprin Mandalay
Michalina Scorzelli ... Pool Hustler (as Michalina Almindo)
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When Jonathan Fishman, a young Manhattan computer specialist randomly encounters a prostitute he is shocked to recognize her as Roberta whom he knew when they were both children. To the dismay of his friends, his business partner and his new girlfriend Judy, Jonathan decides to help Roberta off the streets by moving her into his apartment and teaching her the skills necessary to find an office job. What begins as a seemingly altruistic gesture reveals itself as an unwavering obsession, and his life slowly unravels. Written by Anonymous

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USA

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English

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January 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Moving Parts See more »
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A good Samaritan tries to rescues a woman of the streets...
20 November 1999 | by oltraffSee all my reviews

This movie is sheer brilliance. The director and writer, Eric Mandelbaum, tells the story of Jonathan Fishman and his crusade to better the life of Roberta, a prostitute he encounters years after he knew her as the daughter of his father's maid. But "Roberta" is far from your typical Hollywood story. This film is decidedly uncomfortable to watch because what starts as an act of altruism quickly descends into obsession and Mandelbaum presents the bad-to-worse situation for what it is while refraining (thankfully) from offering us any moral to the story or any tired cliches. After seeing this movie at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, I found myself thinking about it constantly and can only hope a studio has the guts to distribute this flick and promote it wildly. It's a movie that deserves to be seen, even though, I'm sure with it's difficult subject matter, it won't appeal to the masses.


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