Hardcore

Hardcore

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Director: Paul Schrader

Cast: George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley

     
 

"Oh my God, that's my daughter." So read the advertising copy of Hardcore. George C. Scott plays Jake Van Dorn, a man of means and conservative values who discovers that his precious daughter is appearing in X-rated films. Desperately making his way through the sub-rosa world of pornography, Van Dorn talks to pimps, prostitutes,…  See more details below

Overview

"Oh my God, that's my daughter." So read the advertising copy of Hardcore. George C. Scott plays Jake Van Dorn, a man of means and conservative values who discovers that his precious daughter is appearing in X-rated films. Desperately making his way through the sub-rosa world of pornography, Van Dorn talks to pimps, prostitutes, and other such sterling individuals in hopes of locating his daughter and dragging her home. At one point, he falsely advertises himself as a porn producer in hopes that his little girl will show up for an interview.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
For his second film as writer/director, Paul Schrader merged elements of his Midwestern Dutch Calvinist background, his cinephilia, and California post-'60s sexual decadence in the bleak drama Hardcore. Modeled -- like Taxi Driver (1976) -- after John Ford's seminal Western The Searchers (1956), Hardcore's story of a pious father's search for his runaway daughter takes an intense George C. Scott from his upstanding Michigan home through the sordid wilderness of the California porn world. Scott's revulsion is matched by the film's morbid fascination with the sex industry. Peter Boyle's unsavory private investigator and Season Hubley's strung-out hooker serve as compelling protectors and guides. True to the Ford antecedent, Scott's daughter resists her rescue, but the clumsily incongruous ending carries none of The Searchers' or Taxi Driver's expressive ambiguity. Even with its flaws, however, Hardcore's stolidly mournful, occasionally complex examination of a cultural dark side is almost everything Joel Schumacher's ultra-sleazy porn odyssey 8MM (1999) wants to be but isn't.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2004
UPC:
0043396049390
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Time:
1:48:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George C. Scott Jake Van Dorn
Peter Boyle Andy Mast
Season Hubley Niki
Leonard Gaines Ramada
Dick Sargent Wes DeJong
Dave Nichols Kurt
Marc Alaimo Ratan
Leslie Ackerman Felice
Charlotte McGinnis Beatrice
Ilah Davis Kristen Van Dom
Will Walker Jism Jim
Jean Allison Mrs. Steensma
Bibi Besch Mary
Reb Brown Manager
Roy London Jim Rucker
Paul Marin Joe Van Dorn
Tracey Walter Male Teller
Stewart Steinberg Actor
Ed Begley Soldier
Larry Black Detective Burrows
Gigi Vorgan Actor
Hal Williams Big Dick Blaque
Gary Graham Tod

Technical Credits
Paul Schrader Director,Screenwriter
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Buzz Feitshans Producer
Richard Hashimoto Asst. Director
John Milius Executive Producer
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer
Edwin O'Donovan Art Director
Vic Ramos Casting
Tom Rolf Editor
Paul Sylbert Production Designer
Bruce Weintraub Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:22]
2. Bad News From California [12:03]
3. Stag Film [7:12]
4. Belly of the Beast [11:54]
5. Infiltration [14:56]
6. Undercover [5:27]
7. Niki [3:00]
8. San Diego [8:43]
9. San Francisco [7:34]
10. "I Won't Forget You" [8:33]
11. Through Tod to Ratan [9:00]
12. Pride [5:46]

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