Fear City (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fear City (1984)




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When the female strippers at Matt Rossi's (Tom Berenger) club begin to turn up dead, he enlists the aid of his ex-girlfriend (Melanie Griffith) and a local cop (Billy Dee Williams) in an attempt to catch the killer.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Nicholas St. John
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 28, 2000
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Tom Berenger
as Matt Rossi
Jan Murray
as Goldstein
Ola Ray
as Honey
Pat Banta
as Stunt Player
Sidney Filson
as Stunt Player
Linda Lee
as Metropolis Dancer
Daryle Ann Lindley
as Stunt Player
Jim Boeke
as Architect
Ben Kronen
as Club Announcer
Madison Mason
as Leila's Doctor
Bill Henderson
as Nicky's Doctor
Joe Shea
as Solvi
Bob Yothers
as Sergeant
John Roselius
as Rossi's Manager
Tracy Griffith
as Sandra Cook
Lori Eastside
as Goldy's Girl
Michael Joy
as Metropole Dancer
Peter Mele
as Hitman
Peter Gumeny
as Customer
Justin Derosa
as Policeman
Frank Sivero
as Mobster
Sidney Filson
as Stunt Player
Daryle Ann Lindley
as Stunt Player
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News & Interviews for Fear City

Critic Reviews for Fear City

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Ferrara lets his presence be known by lingering on the more gruesome moments, when lesser directors would shy away.

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Has a bitterness and cynicism that's grimily, perversely romantic.

Full Review… | April 13, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

A city that comes alive with vibrant performances and engaging characters

March 18, 2006

Hit-or-miss cult director Abel Ferrara missed by a city mile on this one.

Full Review… | June 17, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Fear City


Highlighted in the book "Bad Movies We Love" which is just the place for it and an apt description.Super cheesy mid 80's crime drama played straight but good for many unintentional laughs. Cast full of B actors this "suspense" thriller is full of dialogue that will have you laughing out loud especially since it is said in deadly earnest. Berenger is a decent actor and gives the best performance, not that the bar has been set too high here. Melaine is horrendously bad. The opening and closing title sequences including the music are classic examples of 80's techno-pop excess, that does however contribute to the squalid, trash wallow feeling of the entire enterprise. This is only for when you're in the mood for a guilty pleasure viewing experience.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Above average thriller about a psychopath killing prostitutes in New York City. Some good performances and action sequences still can't save this one.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Thriller Fear City follows a psychopathic Grim Reaper killing strippers, and a stripper manager hunting him down. Both the protagonist and the antagonist have background stories. The protagonist was a pro boxer, who's career got cut off. A stupid and cliche background story, which gives the character to much of an invincible feel. The antagonist is a religious nut who's ridding the city of filth, I suppose it's better than just a business rival. This film is sexy galore, the strip club scenes contributed greatly to the film. Whenever the movie was feeling dry the audience can escape to a strip club, which creates a whole new atmosphere. I can appreciate people going to one as an escape now. Well this is until all the good strippers are killed/assaulted/scared for their lives. The kills in this film weren't intense due to how dumb they looked, with a white martial arts master holding nun chucks. The film doesn't have many thrills, but has enough pros to make it somewhat pay off.

Daniel Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer

Fear City Quotes

Al Wheeler: [as Rossi drives off] There's nothing I hate more than guineas in Cadillacs.
– Submitted by Nick S (3 years ago)

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