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Fear City (1984)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Nov 28, 2000
• R2: 27 Jan 2003

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Running Time
1 hour, 35 minutes

Country USA

Studio Chevy Chase Distribution, Zupnik-Curtis Enterprises

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Other Titles
• Fear City
• Border (1984)
• Manhattan, zwei Uhr nachts (1984)
• Ripper

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Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Slasher, Psychos, Police, Investigation, Prostitution, Serial Killer, Detectives, Murder, Cult Classic, Racy, Gangsters

Tagline: No showgirl is safe on the streets of... Fear City

Plot: This seedy saga of pre-Disney Times Square stars Tom Berenger as Matt Rossi, an ex-boxer and stripper talent agent who finds his life closing in around him when a psychopathic martial artist starts stabbing and slashing his girls on their way home from nightclubs. His former girlfriend and star dancer, Loretta (Melanie Griffith), goes back on heroin after her girlfriend Leila (Rae Dawn Chong) is slashed up in a brutal subway attack. As fear grips the city, Rossi begins a one-man vendetta to catch the maniac, contending with a possible mob war, an Italian-hating black cop (Billy Dee Williams), and his remorse over killing an opponent in the ring some years before. Director Abel Ferrara packs this neon-drenched morality tale with lots of nudity and some pretty nasty violence. Viewers in the mood for a mélange of karate fights, boxing, stripping, mobsters, and drugs will want to run and grab this sturdy little sleaze classic. Michael V. Gazzo (Frankie Pentangeli from THE GODFATHER II) appears as a strip club owner, and David Johansen of the New York Dolls sings the theme song.

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 Directed by
Abel Ferrara
Bad Lieutenant, King of New York, Body Snatchers
 Written by
Nicholas St. John
King of New York, The Funeral, The Addiction
Tom Berenger
Platoon, Training Day, Major League
Billy Dee Williams
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Batman
Jack Scalia
Red Eye, End Game, Silent Predators
Melanie Griffith
Working Girl, Lolita, Celebrity
Rae Dawn Chong
The Color Purple, Commando, Crying Freeman
Maria Conchita Alonso
The Running Man, Predator 2, Colors
Rossano Brazzi
The Italian Job, Omen III: The Final Conflict, The Barefoot Contessa
 Music By
Dick Halligan
The Octagon, The Owl and the Pussycat, Go Tell the Spartans

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