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Street Smart (1987)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Jonathan Fisher (Christopher Reeve) is a newspaper reporter who becomes a celebrity when he writes a fictitious exposť on prostitution. The story of the high-living pimp is too close a resemblance to real-life flesh pedlar Fast Black (Morgan Freeman), and Jonathan is jailed when he refuses to turn his papers over to the local district attorney. In jail for suspicion of murder, Black tries to silence the reporter who created the sensational fabrication. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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Oct 7, 2003

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Is Morgan Freeman the greatest American actor?

January 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Street Smart winds up being a bit too smart for its own good, but it's compelling and complex.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Schatzberg's major problems are lethargic pacing and a strained plot.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A clever thriller with a lot of unbelievable scenes and a sappy ending, but two wonderful performances.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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There's something about seedy undersides that brings out the best (or at least the personal) in director Jerry Schatzberg ... though his Elia Kazan social consciousness could use a little toning down.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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...the movie's still worth seeing, though, if only for Freeman's electrifying performance.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Freeman is remarkable.

January 27, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Justified by Freeman's amazing performance

September 9, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

Audience Reviews for Street Smart

Morgan Freeman's performance IS the movie; the rest is a supporting cast trying to work themes a rewrite by James Toback would have fully realized ... and we would be locked into Reeve's dilemma more than just as our ticket to meeting Fast Black ... Points for Anna Horsford and Kathy Baker (who makes a foul shot as the white Whore With the Heart of Gold), and for the one-man theatre of Andre Gregory.
January 21, 2010
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[font=Century Gothic]In "Street Smart," a magazine journalist, Jonathan Fisher(Christopher Reeve), has trouble researching an article about a pimp, even after interviewing Punchy(Kathy Baker), a prostitute, so he fabricates the article, instead. As a result of the article being a hit, he becomes the toast of the town. But the district attorney feels that the imagined pimp is Fast Black(Morgan Freeman) who is charged with murder, and would like to have a word with Fisher...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Street Smart" has a neat premise but the subpar execution leaves it being little more than a B-movie. The seedy Times Square of this film has long vanished and AIDS is never mentioned. But what is not dated is its take on journalistic ethics which remains especially relevant in this day and age.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Christopher Reeve makes for an especially weak lead. And it does take some getting used to Kathy Baker playing a prositute but she is very good. Morgan Freeman is excellent in his breakout role. While he never played this type of character again, he would also never again be so virile on screen.("Glory" and "Driving Miss Daisy" were soon on the horizon for him.)[/font]
September 22, 2007
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