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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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Everything you say can and will be held against you. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

[repeated lines]
Jonathan Fisher: This is Jonathan Fisher, Channel 3, Street Smart!
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Peanut Butter
Written by Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar (as S. Dunbar)
Performed by Gwen Guthrie
Published by Ixat Music, Inc.
Courtesy of Island Records
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Morgan Morgan Morgan...Ain't No One Like You
29 September 2005 | by roughriders23See all my reviews

Freeman gives his most powerful performance here. I've seen almost all of Morgan's films but I think this is his most outstanding performance. Fast Black is one juicy character and Morgan brings life into it. Christopher Reeve, god bless his sole, is a pretty bad actor. I only seen him in his Superman roles, which I wasn't much a fan of. But here his character gets a lot of screen time and Reeve just can't live up to it. He makes the movie boring. Kathy Baker excels in her role. Mimi Rogers does her part well. The film has an amazing storyline here, but screenplay is 50/50. If Morgan had more scenes the movie would have been way better. Yes there are some really strong scenes, but all of them involved Freeman. The direction wasn't great, if this movie was handled by a better director it would of been memorable. Many people probably don't even know about this movie and that's a shame because Freeman's performance must be watched. Freeman's outburst scene where he puts a bottle up to Reeve's face and gives him a 20 second stare is WOW. And not to forget the scissor scene where he threatens to poke Kathy's eye out...MARVELLOUS. What disappoints me the most, regardless of the many flaws in direction, is that Freeman didn't have a last scene in the climax. In a movie where Morgan kept everyone in their seats, the director/screenwriter didn't hook him up with a proper climax scene. I was expecting something huge, but instead the ending was the same old same old. Overall, the movie is OK, but Freeman's performance is great.


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