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Hardcore (1979)





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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 his little girl will show up for an interview.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Schrader
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 14, 2004
Sony Pictures Entertainment


George C. Scott
as Jake VanDorn
Peter Boyle
as Andy Mast
Dick Sargent
as Wes DeJong
Larry Block
as Detective Burrows
Ilah Davis
as Kristen Van Dorn
Paul Marin
as Joe Van Dorn
Will Walker
as Jism Jim
Hal Williams
as Big Dick Blaque
Roy London
as Jim Rucker
Tracey Walter
as Male Teller
Bobby Kosser
as Film Director
Larry Black
as Detective Burrows
Stephen P. Dunn
as Cameraman
Jean Allison
as Mrs. Steensma
Reb Brown
as Manager
James Helder
as John Van Dorn
John Otte
as Grandfather Van Dorn
Judith Ransdell
as Ramada's Secretary
Linda Morell
as 'Les Girls' Woman
Michael Hatch
as Nephew #1
Antonio Méndez Espar...
as Teenage Mexican
Linda Cremeans
as Stewardess
Stewart Steinberg
as Man in Seersucker Su...
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Critic Reviews for Hardcore

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | December 3, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 23, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Hardcore

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

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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

Michael S

Super Reviewer


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.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

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