Hardcore (1979)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Hardcore Videos & Photos

Movie Info

Set in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this film stars George C. Scott as Jake Van Dorn, a Calvinist minister whose daughter Kristen vanishes while on a church-sponsored field trip to California. After hiring a private investigator, Van Dorn discovers his daughter has become a porn actress.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Schrader
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 14, 2004
Sony Pictures Entertainment


as Jake VanDorn

as Andy Mast

as Wes DeJong

as Detective Burrows

as Ratan

as Kristen Van Dorn

as Joe Van Dorn

as Jism Jim

as Big Dick Blaque

as Jim Rucker

as Mary

as Male Teller

as Film Director

as Detective Burrows

as Cameraman

as Mrs. Steensma

as Manager

as John Van Dorn

as Grandfather Van Dorn

as Ramada's Secretary

as 'Les Girls' Woman

as Nephew #1

as Teenage Mexican

as Stewardess

as Man in Seersucker Su...
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Hardcore

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Hardcore

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | December 3, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Hardcore Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Hardcore on our Movie forum!