Director: Michael Miller
Starring: Carol Case, Paul Pompian, Art Burke, Christine Souder, Jimmy Smith, Michael Albert Wdber, Jay Derringer, Fred Garrett
More info: IMDb
Tagline: Happy harlots: turning tricks before they turn 18!
Plot: When a middle-aged father searches for his dropout daughter, Angel, his quest takes him into the underworld of prostitutes, pimps, drug addicts and thieves. Angel has become a dancer in a topless bar, and her dealer boyfriend is turning her on to heroin.
My rating: 6/10
Will I watch it again? Maybe.
#23 on 42nd Street Forever Vol. 2: The Deuce (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)
I bitch from time to time how watching every movie from trailer compilations can be a real trial. There's a ton of shit out there which proves the trailers are usually better than the movies they serve. But every once in a while I come across a film that catches me by surprise. I was expecting this to be a typical low budget exploitation picture and what I got was pretty damn entertaining.
The performances are actually pretty good with a lot of them feeling like real people saying real things. I should note that this was written by the director and Barry Levinson! That probably had something to do with it although it didn't feel like it was at the beginning to two long careers (it was the first film for both). Speaking of characters, my favorite is Albert (played by Michael Albert Weber). He's a freakin' riot.
It seems to me that Billy Bob Thornton stole his look for A SIMPLE PLAN (1998)...
but Robert Carradine stole it first for REVENGE OF THE NERDS (1984).
If you should come across this I highly recommend checking it out. You're going to have to look in the corners of the internet to find it as it hasn't made it's way (and probably never will) to DVD. It's a really sleazy look at a grimy and dirty profession and if you're looking for lots of exploitation goodness, you'll find it here. There's TONS of nudity, pushers, pimps (even the main bad guy using a pimp stick on a chick), drugs, you name it. And if you happen to come across some bits of quality, real life drama, well there you go.