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Innocent teenager Cookie is drawn into the ugly world of New York prostitution.
Joan Freeman
Melissa LeoDale MidkiffLeon
English [CC]
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Antonio VargasJulie Newmar
Robert Alden
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3.8 out of 5 stars

36 global ratings

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Mr. Muh4kin ExQuireReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I liked it
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I'm a 90s kid so I'm kinda conditioned to not look at films of certain era because the picture quality hurts my eyes (can't wait for the kids growing up with 8K look back at our HD and feel the same) or because the era just will feel too unfamiliar and the acting fashions of the day have changed and the makeup/special effects may not hold up.

For some reason I started this one and it held my interest completely thru out it's duration. No real 10 second skips were employed. It clocks in for me as perfectly right in pacing for a 80min film. The acting holds up well, the cinematography holds up well and was an interesting thematic look back at 80s New York (almost made me wish I got to party in the era) Im sure aspects of the storyline probably applies to working girls today.

I dont know what to say other than personally I really did enjoy it as watch and found it entertaining. Even the 80s song Streetwalking by Sylvia J was catchy

Not suitable for [American] kids of course because it's a sorry of violence, sex-workers, and pimps.
Khristine JacksonReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I was pleasantly surprised by this film ..seeing that it was directed by a female director Joan Freeman. She did get some facts correct that most females who run away from home. Usually head to the big city of NYC or LA due to home conflicts .. In the earlier scene when cookie is talking to her guessed it the Step-dad/Boy friend made a pass at her. So the co-dependent mother sides with the man over over her children..? Women are so naturally stupid and deserve what happens to them when they side with men over their children. ! Second pimps back in the 1970's-1990's use to hang around bus stations like "Greyhound" looking for broke runaways.. Thank god when I left home and traveled for cabaret work..I never ran into those "sleaze bags".. Lastly the cast worked really well on film despite the fact that they needed 28 days to film this project. Melissa Leo is a marvelous the singer Tina Turner they never gained their recognition until they were in their 40's... Julie Newmar playing the "Old school" ho/hueax ..was hilarious ,did you see how she stole that mans wallet? lol.. Dale Midkiff has such great range as a "romeo pimp"... Antonio Fargas playing a pimp must come naturally ..from his "Starky & Hutch" days... Khandi Alexander playing *star*... such a typical hooker name Miss Alexander co starred in "Whats love got to do with it"..based upon Tina Turners life.. She was also the medical examiner in "C.S.I Miami" on CBS in the 2000's.. Sadly the Sex industry has it's good and bad sides... it's no career like that of a Drug dealer...though dealing drugs is far more lucrative $$$$$ ..than sleeping with random jerks... The detectives who gave their advice to the film team..did a great job too.. In the end every mother should have talk with their daughter's when the time comes about life and the real world... That kind of world is just as dicey as the Kardashians ..who's fame came via s#x-tape..
Rick Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Worth watching just for Melissa Leo
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Make no mistake this movie is as bad/trashy/cheesy as it looks, but what makes it worthwhile (from an acting standpoint at least) is the excellent performance by a young Melissa Leo. She elevates the lead role we've seen done forgettably so many times before in this type of story, making you actually feel real emotions and care about what happens to her. Her commitment level is staggering. She outshines all the other actors and steals every scene in which she appears. Yes, you have to endure the silly casting (Dale whatsisnamae as a psycho pimp? HAHAHAHA), hackneyed writing, racist stereotypes, laughable stunts and a ubiquitous 80s soundtrack, but I'm telling you if you look at this film strictly as a study on acting, you'll be quite impressed with Ms. Leo. I'm so happy she stuck with this career and eventually found the recognition she so richly deserves. It's inspiring. To young actors out there who have to find a way to make all the mediocre procedural writing in today's tv landscape believable, take note. This is how you do it.
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E J LReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a very educational movie
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I think this movie should be required viewing for today's youth. Today's youth should learn that there are people in this world that will never return the love when given the peace sign etc. Democrats should watch this movie to consider the fact that just this type of person (Duke), is crossing our border to the south, relatively unhindered, human trafficking, prostitution, drugs, gangs, the welcome mat is out there.
This is a very well made and really accurate movie since there were actual law enforcement officers listed in the credits.
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Jason P. AguilarReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly good movie!
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I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. This is not really pornography. It's a dark, gritty, and disturbing film about prostitution and human trafficking in New York during the 1980's. It's about a young girl named "Cookie" and her younger brother, TIm, who runaway from a abusive home and then get taken in by a pimp named "Duke". They thought they could trust him as a friend. The young girl even naively falls in love with him, but then she realizes just what kind of horrible person he really is, He just manipulates and exploits people for money and pleasure. This film shows the sad and sleazy world they live in. I start to feel empathy for Cookie, Tim, Queen Bee, & Star at the end. Such a sad life they live. I think I saw this on TV before. I'm glad I re-watched it again. I had a good time watching this movie!
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Danny DonianReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Surprizingly well done
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Surpringly well done,plenty of cameos by some real actors.a bloody look at hookers in New Yorks toughest hood.Guns girls and action,plenty of tittys as well,movie is heavy on the violence and a ending every family member will cherish! and Leo won a oscar for a 25 year later role.good cable "late at night drama"
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Princess 💋Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Watch this if you like those weird wacky 80's / 90's movies
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Great 80's movie with horrible fights and cheesy music. But that's what I like. A solid story line with a little bit of everything: hoes, pimps, drugs, bar fights and serial/mass murder. Stay for the ending which is (SPOILER!!!) saved by the Super Hoe in Red.
Drew CorryReviewed in the United States on May 23, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
not enough
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I just finished watching this in 2 parts ( maybe that is why ) with the name & the lady shown on the case I expected premium & I got an OK to fair at best. I choose 2 stars. I could be talked into 1 star.
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