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Fear City (1984)

Strippers in Manhattan are being stalked and maimed by a psycho-killer. A conflicted ex-boxer-turned-talent-manager and his business partner and friend, who represent some of the girls, set out to find him before he strikes again.

Director:

Abel Ferrara
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Berenger ... Matt Rossi
Billy Dee Williams ... Al Wheeler
Jack Scalia ... Nicky Parzeno
Melanie Griffith ... Loretta
Rossano Brazzi ... Carmine
Rae Dawn Chong ... Leila
Joe Santos ... Frank
Michael V. Gazzo ... Mike
Jan Murray Jan Murray ... Goldstein
Janet Julian ... Ruby
Daniel Faraldo ... Sanchez
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Silver (as Maria Conchita)
Ola Ray ... Honey
John Foster John Foster ... Pazzo
Emilia Crow Emilia Crow ... Bibi (as Emilia Lesniak)
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Storyline

In New York City, a psycho killer is stalking and randomly slashing and killing strippers working in various nightclubs. Matt Rossi is a former boxer trying to escape his past whom is currently employed at a talent agency which caters exotic dancers to the mafia-controlled strip clubs all over Manhattan. Matt and his business partner, Nicky, are relentlessly dogged by Al Wheeler, a persistent police detective on the case of the murdered strippers, and hoping to find something to nail both Matt and Nicky on. Matt is trying to reconcile with his former flame, Loretta, whom also works as a dancer and has a off-again, on-again drug problem. With the police constantly hounding them, and under pressure from his mob boss and other bosses to do something, Matt must somehow face his inner demons to find the killer before he strikes again. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No showgirl is safe on the streets of... Fear City See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fear City See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.57 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the killer featured in the film was never revealed, nor is the actor who played him during the end credits of the film. See more »

Quotes

Al Wheeler: [as Rossi drives off] There's nothing I hate more than guineas in Cadillacs.
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Alternate Versions

The Greek video version is the fully uncut and so is the Dutch tape. Finnish version is pretty heavily cut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Cowgirl Blues
Performance and Music by Joe Delia
Published by Sly Moon Publishing Co./Fear City Music
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User Reviews

 
Nothing much.
24 March 2002 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Ex-boxer Tom Berenger, now an agent of strippers, tries to track down the maniacal killer that slashes "his" girls with a razor-blade. Problem is, we know who the killer is right from the start, so there's no mystery and no progression of the plot - it's just a series of consecutive murders. The good cast compensates somewhat, and the film holds your interest, but it all seems to be merely an excuse for the final showdown between Berenger and the killer, and even that isn't as good as it could've been. (**)


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