• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Paul Schrader
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 1979 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 14, 2004
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment


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Hardcore Reviews

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Super Reviewer

September 6, 2010
A good thriller, very dramatic and cool, it really feels like the end of the 70s.
Michael S

Super Reviewer

May 13, 2007
I can`t believe this has become so forgotten. It`s a great film and C. Scott gives one of his best performances.
Alec B

Super Reviewer

November 19, 2011
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.
Patrick D

Super Reviewer

November 2, 2008
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.
James B

Super Reviewer

September 10, 2008
This shit is crazy!
Christopher B

Super Reviewer

May 27, 2007
Disturbing flick with great performances. Schrader don't need no Scorcese to make a classic.
January 28, 2010
George C. Scott's journey through the underbelly of the porn world is an interesting watch, and what's more interesting is how much of a quick study he is, noting how things are done in the business and concocting his own methods to track down the people he knows have been associated with his missing daughter.

The ending may flounder slightly, but it's a very watchable film.

September 22, 2008
Once again Schrader shows us the underside of America. Not quite up to Taxi Driver or Blue Collar level.
June 17, 2008
George C. Scott descends into the seedy world of the seventies porn industry to find his runaway daughter. Beautifully depressing little flick.
June 7, 2008
Anything with George C. Scott in it is great fun. Always like seeing him 'Hulk out' in a movie. Nobody gets angry like Scott. Some nice fight scenes, some contrasting cultures and good diologue.
May 1, 2007
George C. Scott is great in this. A heartbreaking story about a father searching for his runaway daughter.
July 2, 2014
I really hate this film but it still has a pull for me. I can't stand it but I can't resist it either. Scott is magnificent.
June 9, 2013
Even though Hardcore is thematically intriguing and visually gritty, all elements identifiable with Paul Schrader, it feels like a weak examination of the porn industry of the late seventies and also lacks the urgency and intensity of most of the best thriller dramas.
January 3, 2013
Using The Searchers as a story template Paul Schrader's Hardcore takes a god fearing, respectable business man from Michigan and throws him to the porno lions of the west coast as he searches for his lost teenage daughter - last seen in a stag movie. This is an ordinary man, doing extraordinary things and it makes for much more compelling viewing than say the romper rollercoaster Taken or the sleavepit descent of 8mm.... a classic that should be more widely celebrated in film circles
October 18, 2012
Still love this film. Unfortunately it's largely forgotten.
March 9, 2012
well worth checking out,strong performances and direction in this father daughter drama.
February 15, 2012
I don't know if there was some unforeseen force behind the cause of this final product, but this script is painfully terrible. And the performances don't help it.
January 23, 2012
Very enjoyable! George C. Scott's gaudy shirts and porn-producer pretense are hilarious. The final fight in the SM house is wonderful, crashing through varicolored theme-rooms (motorcycle garage, manor bedroom castle dungeon) past bound men and binding women.
The daughter's acting is so bad that the denouement of the film is nearly ruined--one almost wishes that (SPOILER) the father hadn't found her alive. The ending is saved, however, by Scott's beefy tears and his heartless dismissal of Niki (part whore, part private eye).
Jonny B

Super Reviewer

November 24, 2011
Written and directed by Paul Schrader, including a towering performance from George C. Scott, and Michael Chapman as DP, 'Hardcore' is a movie that appears to be enjoying a stay in obscurity (like Schrader's recent work), which is odd because it has all the sleaze, sex, moral blabbering, distinct 70's USA, big city, underworld atmosphere that made 'Taxi Driver' iconic, and an overall feeling I was watching hell personified from Schrader's imagination, not so much my own so I felt more of a disconnect when compared to Travis Bickle; the movie, also, includes taboos like a snuff film, although not the first movie to have done so. What is most fascinating is the story of a strict religious man going from dull-town USA to the vibrant, colourful sleaze of the heart of the pornography industry. It's a stylish ride and a fun one but the biggest gripe I have with 'Harcore' is that it felt a bit misogynistic in that the women aren't fleshed out enough to connect to their lost worlds, they are just presented as tossed up and thrown around commodities much like in porn movies. Still a treasure from the 70's with some powerful scenes.
August 15, 2011
Um pequeno empresário altamente conservador vê-se obrigado a mergulhar no submundo da pornografia para tentar descobrir a sua filha desaparecida. O que podia servir como telefilme totó passa a ser o enquadramento ideal para percebermos como Paul Schrader domina (e dobra) a fórmula de missionário num cenário hostil e decadente. Assim era no argumento de Taxi Driver?, com efeitos sobejamente conhecidos, e assim voltou a ser três anos depois, neste esquecido Hardcore?, que levanta algumas questões bastante pertinentes ainda hoje (nomeadamente a saturação do sexo e as exigências de uma família unida). George C. Scott tem um papel intenso e memorável, que funciona muito bem como a ponte possível entre o empresário implacável de High and Low? (Toshiro Mifune) e o político nomeado para combater a droga num país gigante como os Estados Unidos, quando ainda nem sequer resolveu o problema que tem em casa com a filha (Michael Douglas, no Traffic?). Todos eles homens de poder fragilizados por igual e condicionados pelo risco sofrido por algu (C)m que deviam proteger. Apesar de alguns momentos gratuitos e uma cena ou outra com extra-cheese? (peruca e bigode postiço),Hardcore? (C) um thriller que merece mesmo ser recuperado.
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