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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.

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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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To get even he must get STREET SMART See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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20 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Armação Perigosa  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$325,835, 22 March 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,119,112
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Originally advertised in the Filmways Pictures 1980/1981 trade brochure as due for production in spring 1981, with Sydney Pollack attached as producer under the title of "Streets of New York". 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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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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very enjoyable and taut crime thriller
30 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I found this movie to be very entertaining and well done, with good performances across the board. I agree with previous reviewers that the late Chris Reeve's performances in other movies, and at times this one, could be seen as wooden. That being said, I think he played his role extremely well, because it was able to work with Morgan Freeman's outbursts and explosions. Because of the problems encountered by his fabricated story, Reeve's performance was handled well being outside of his environment as much as he was. He was unsure and understated, and being a reporter, being unemotional was in his well being. On the other end, Morgan Freeman was fantastic! Seeing him in a role like this makes you want to see him take on a role where he can be the loose cannon.

This movie can show what happens when you "create" a story and you do it TOO well. More people should see it and comment on it.


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