Fear City

Fear City

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Director: Abel Ferrara

Cast: Abel Ferrara, Tom Berenger, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Scalia

     
 

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Cult filmmaker Abel Ferrara has earned a sizable cult following over the years for his often violent, lurid art movies that use genre conventions as springboards for personal statements of varying worth. This Anchor Bay DVD release of Fear City, however, shows that at least once he made a straight exploitation flick with no artistic merit. Still, the film is

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Cult filmmaker Abel Ferrara has earned a sizable cult following over the years for his often violent, lurid art movies that use genre conventions as springboards for personal statements of varying worth. This Anchor Bay DVD release of Fear City, however, shows that at least once he made a straight exploitation flick with no artistic merit. Still, the film is well shot, nicely framed, and Anchor Bay used a pristine source print of Fear City with a fresh widescreen anamorphic transfer. The Dolby Mono audio transfer is of an equally high caliber and remains well-balanced when fed through a home stereo system. There aren't any real DVD bonus materials here, but when a movie casts the classy Continental Rossano Brazzi as a sleazy club owner and features Rae Dawn Chong and Melanie Griffith as strippers, what more does a schlock movie lover want?

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Despite an impressive cast and a bevy of intriguing plot elements, this dreary little exploitation opus is the least notable (and least interesting) of Abel Ferrara's pre-King Of New York work. The main problem lies with the weak script, which was penned by Ferrara's frequent collaborator Nicholas St. John: the overplotted scenario fails to tie its threads together in a compelling and engaging style, the characterizations are merely a series of exploitation-film 'types' and the script is completely lacking in the kind of thoughtful thematic underpinnings that made Ms. 45 and King Of New York so interesting. As a result of these story problems, the cast has little to do: Jack Scalia and Billy Dee Williams bluster their way through their thin roles while Tom Berenger and Melanie Griffith struggle to give their sketchy archetypes dramatic weight they can't really support. Even Ferrara's direction feels off: he avoids the gritty rawness that defines his best work and settles for an overtly glossy look that makes the film feel like an R-rated episode of Miami Vice. In short, Fear City doesn't work as a slick urban action film or a sleazy exploitation opus and can thus only be recommended to Ferrara completists.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/28/2000
UPC:
0013131145090
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:35:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Berenger Matt Rossi
Billy Dee Williams Al Wheeler
Jack Scalia Nicky Piacenza
Melanie Griffith Loretta
Rossano Brazzi Carmine
Rae Dawn Chong Liela
Joe Santos Frank
Jan Murray Goldstein
Ola Ray Honey
Pat Banta Stunt Player
Sidney Filson Stunt Player
Linda Lee Metropolis Dancer
Emilia Lesniak Bibi
Daryle Ann Lindley Stunt Player
Joe Palese Tony
Janet Julian Ruby
Daniel Faraldo Sanchez
Maria Conchita Alonso Silver
John Foster Pazzo
Emilia Crow Bibi
Nina Jones Dixie
Frank Ronzio Harry
Juan Fernandez Jorge
Jim Boeke Architect
Vinny Argiro Bruno
Carl Strano Priest
Ben Kronen Club Announcer
Madison Mason Leila's Doctor
Bill Henderson Nicky's Doctor
Victor Rivers Jimmy
Bob Yothers Sergeant
John Roselius Rossi's Manager
Tracy Griffith Sandra Cook
Lori Eastside Goldy's Girl
Barbara Andrews Waitress
Joy Michael Metropole Dancer
Peter Mele Hitman
Robert Miano Hitman
Brent Jennings Hawker
William Kennedy Hawker
Peter Gumeny Customer
Justin Derosa Policeman
Kendall Carly Browne Nurse
Michael Vincente Gazzo Mike
Joe Shea Salvi
Frank Sivero Mobster

Technical Credits
Abel Ferrara Director
Pat Banta Stunts
Linda M. Bass Costumes/Costume Designer
Vince Cresciman Production Designer
Bruce Cohn Curtis Producer
Tom Curtis Executive Producer
Kathryn Doby Choreography
Sidney Filson Stunts
Richard Halligan Score Composer
Jack W. Holmes Editor
James Lemmo Cinematographer
Daryle Ann Lindley Stunts
Peter Manoogian Asst. Director
Johanna Ray Casting
Anthony Redman Editor
Cricket Rowland Set Decoration/Design
Nicholas St. John Screenwriter
Jim Tannenbaum Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Tokofsky Co-producer
Stanley R. Zupnik Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [3:27]
2. One Hot Number [4:15]
3. Stabbed Through The Heart [2:55]
4. Starlite Talent Agency [2:25]
5. Painful Memories [3:15]
6. Lt. Wheeler [5:27]
7. Sweet Temptation [3:33]
8. Heart To Heart [1:51]
9. Lust For Death [3:31]
10. Bad Business [4:06]
11. Friends Too Long [1:22]
12. Reluctant Killer [3:38]
13. City Of Suspects [3:45]
14. Old Flame Rekindled [3:10]
15. Another Victim [2:20]
16. Gangland Justice [1:16]
17. Fallen Angel [4:16]
18. Fear City [2:33]
19. The Vise Tightens [1:53]
20. The Wrong Guy [4:49]
21. "Nobody's Above The Law." [1:35]
22. Losing Control [3:42]
23. Busted [5:01]
24. Meeting With The Mob [4:20]
25. Final Preparations [2:58]
26. Lost & Alone [2:41]
27. Warriors [6:25]
28. End Credits [4:10]

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Fear City 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A decent time killing exploitation flick with 2 big pluses - a strip tease by Melanie Griffith, and a cool fight between a pro boxer, played by Berenger, and a karate black belt. Overall, not bad of its kind, with some big name talent.