• R, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jerry Schatzberg
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 1987 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 7, 2003
  • Media Home Entertainment

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Street Smart Reviews

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Adam M

Super Reviewer

June 3, 2007
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.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

September 22, 2007
[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]
katbenji70604
June 17, 2009
One of Morgan Freeman's finest performances -- I think this was his first Oscar nomination. He's powerful and scary as a pimp in this Christopher Reeve vehicle. It's Morgan's picture and his talent shines throughout. A must see if you haven't already!
September 13, 2007
Schatzberg is so slick. A nice role for Reeve, backed up with some powerful work by Freeman especially, but also Baker. Toss in a kick ass Robert Irving III soundtrack and you're right back in late 80s NYC.
bill s.
August 20, 2014
How much better an actor Freeman is then everyone else involved in this lacking thriller is too funny.....the movie is 1.5 stars,Freeman's performance is 5 stars.
May 28, 2013
Morgan Freeman is a national treasure!!!!!!............this cat could play a pimp and still be a character that is sympathetic and that the average man could relate too...yall remember this flick?
April 6, 2013
After seeing so many crime stories with protagonist's that were active, seeing Reeve's as a rather stupid hero role is maddening and contrary to the title. The film is rather lackluster in scope and resolution but has a solid performance from Freeman and some interesting ideas that could have been slightly more well rounded. A decent 80's crime film.
June 26, 2011
You will never see Morgan Freeman in a more bad-ass role
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

September 22, 2007
[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]
[font=Century Gothic][/font]
[font=Century Gothic][/font]
[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]
[font=Century Gothic][/font]
[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]
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