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Hardcore

Hardcore (1979)

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Critic Reviews: 1
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"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

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Paul Schrader

Sep 14, 2004

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (3) | DVD (9)

Hardcore is a softcore porn film that needed to be hardcore to have street cred as a believable investigative film about the porn industry.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A big throbbing stress-headache of a movie, but you won't be able to turn it off.

April 3, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Though Hardcore's so-called gritty images do have the power to disturb, it's because we're intrinsically aware of their psychic scourge on the hero

September 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Schrader;s gritty NYC runaway thriller.

August 14, 2004
FilmsInReview.com

Strong internal drama.

June 12, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Hardcore is a vivid and convincing parable about the dangers of spiritual pride.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Scott gives a terrific performance

November 21, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Distasteful and dull

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Hardcore

A good thriller, very dramatic and cool, it really feels like the end of the 70s.
January 7, 2011
ajv2688

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I can`t believe this has become so forgotten. It`s a great film and C. Scott gives one of his best performances.
April 2, 2008
YLOWBSTARDreturns

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I felt that a lot of it was Paul Schrader rehashing 'Taxi Driver', only with a more stable protagonist. That shouldn't suggest that its bad, as I think it convincingly captures a fathers decent into moral despair and violent aggression over his daughter's disappearance. The great performances of George C. Scott and Peter Boyle are another nice touch.
November 19, 2011
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

To put it one way: It's Alice in Wonderland if Alice dove head first in the rabbit hole. Then say she gets rather involved as wonderland build to a frothy boil only for the eggs of the salad sandwich to taste kind of upsetting. There's really few things wrong with this film, everything including Jack Nitzsche's score, the production design, the acting, on and on, it really outstanding. Of course the time this film was made (1979) is outstanding also, but it's all part of the flair.
November 2, 2008
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