A man desperate for money and no income, turns prostitute and interplays with a variety of clients and hustlers.

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Complete credited cast:
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Joe - the Hustler
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Geri - Joe's Wife
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Patti - Geri's Lover
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Candy - a Transvestite
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Jackie - a Transvestite
John Christian ...
Joe's Customer
Maurice Braddell ...
The Artist
Geri Miller ...
Terry
Louis Waldon ...
David - the Gymnast
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Barry Brown ...
Boy in street
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Geri (Geraldine Smith) ejects her husband Joe (Joe Dalessandro) from bed, and insists he go out on the streets to make some money for her girlfriend's abortion. This leads to Joe's various encounters with clients on the streets of New York City: an Artist (Maurice Bradell) who wishes to draw Joe, a Gymnast (Louis Waldon), and another 'John' (John Christian). Joe spends time with other hustlers, one of whom is played by his real life brother, and teaches the tricks of the trade to the New Hustler (Barry Brown). Back home, Joe interacts with his real life one-year-old son. Joe gets back home, presumably at the end of his duty work, and is in bed with Geri and her girlfriend Patti (Patti D'Arbanville). The women strip Joe and begin to get intimate with each other; Joe gets bored and falls asleep. (Source: Wikipedia) Written by Artemis-9

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27 May 1970 (West Germany)  »

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Andy Warhol's Flesh  »

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$4,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

UK censor John Trevelyan was wary of issuing the film a cinema certificate and suggested to the distributors that the film be shown on a club basis. When it was initially shown at the Open Space Theatre in London in February 1970 the cinema was raided by police who attempted to seize the film, leading Trevelyan himself to hastily rush to the cinema and vigorously defend the movie against possible prosecution, calling the police action 'unjustified and preposterous'. In the light of this incident Trevelyan was able to grant the film an uncut 'X' certificate. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Joe, the Hustler: How am I supposed to make any money without clean underwear?
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The only closing credit is a copyright notice. See more »

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Referenced in Divine Trash (1998) See more »

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Makin' Wicky Wacky Down in Waikiki
Performed by Sophie Tucker.
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The lost art of joe dallesando
27 May 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

It seems inhumane to describe someone as a work of art but in the Warhol

Art Sphere there seems little other way to describe Joe Dallesandro in

"Flesh". His body is displayed constantly in the nude, more consistently

naked than any other actor I can think of in American film history.

Warhol/Morrissey (the authorship of the movie remains contentious though

Morrisey is the credited director, the film rides under the "Andy

Warhol's" banner) objectify and expose every part of Dallesandro's

hustler in the film. He was truly the first sex symbol of the 70s. It

was only in "Flesh" he was so un-self-conscious and innocent though

always with survivalist and self-serving cunning. Joe (the character) is

an interesting kafka-esque (unable to control the world around oneself,

prone to the ebb and flow of circumstance and external control) figure

in the midst of a collage of underground culture figures of the 60s from

drag artistes to quivering tricks. Its a high camp affair at times but

Morrissey has a loving camera when it comes to Joe. Joe's beauty is

vividly captured and the fly-on-the-wall style story of a day in his

life remains engaging a


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