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Hardcore (1979)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Sep 14, 2004

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Running Time
1 hour, 49 minutes

Country USA

Studio A-Team Productions, Columbia Pictures

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Other Titles
• Hardcore
• Hardcore - Ein Vater sieht rot (1979)
• The Hardcore Life

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Genre: Drama, Prostitution, Kidnapping, Detectives, Murder, Police, Christmas, Psychodrama, Disturbing

Tagline: Oh, my God... that's my daughter.

Plot: When the daughter of devoutly religious midwestern businessman Jake Van Dorn (George C. Scott) disappears on a trip to Los Angeles sponsored by the family's Calvinist church, Jake's search for his daughter, Niki (Season Hubley), leads him into a shocking world of pornography. HARDCORE, an early venture from writer-director Paul Schrader, features what may be Scott's best performance (this side of PATTON) as a man shattered by his daughter's descent into the world of porn. In California, Jake hires Andy Mast (Peter Boyle), a sleazy Hollywood private detective, to help him find Niki; the two descend into the sordid realm of the hardcore sex industry, determined to retrieve her. An intentionally jarring shift of tones via editing techniques, the inherent strong material of the story, and interesting comparisons between conservative religious fanaticism and the porn industry give HARDCORE a unique depth in its portrayal of a man whose moral compass is suddenly put into question.

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 Directed by
Paul Schrader
Affliction, Auto Focus, Cat People
 Written by
Paul Schrader
Taxi Driver, Bringing Out the Dead, The Last Temptation of Christ
George C. Scott
Dr. Strangelove, Patton, The Hustler
Peter Boyle
Taxi Driver, Young Frankenstein, Monster's Ball
Season Hubley
Escape from New York, Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror, Kiss the Sky
Dick Sargent
Operation Petticoat, That Touch of Mink, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
Leonard Gaines
Rocky II, Where the Buffalo Roam, Blue Collar
Dave Nichols
Resident Evil: Apocalypse, My Date with the President's Daughter, Bridge of Dragons
Gary Graham
All the Right Moves, Steel, The Hollywood Knights
 Music By
Jack Nitzsche
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Stand by Me, An Officer and a Gentleman

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