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Super Reviewer
½ 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
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]
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.
June 26, 2011
"Street Smart" provides insight into the world of pimps and prostitutes; unfortunately, I didn't really want this much insight into prostitution. I must laud Morgan Freeman for his Oscar-nominated role, as his bi-polarity between friendliness and cruelty was unnerving. He was great, though I prefer his roles in Driving Miss Daisy, Shawshank, Batman, or just about any other film over this one. Christopher Reeve was just okay while Kathy Baker stole the show as the prostitute Punchy, particularly during the chiling threat scene ("which eye?") with Freeman. While the concept of a fictional article that resembles real-life events was interesting, the thought to use the concept on a story about a pimp was a mistake.
October 8, 2008
Hard to recommend the movie for all of its faults, but Morgan Freeman's performance is borderline amazing.
½ 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!
July 7, 2007
Despite its sell out ending, street has a smart premise terrific acting especially by Freeman, and like Training Day is up front in its exploitation of racial fears
½ August 15, 2008
as thriller and drama it's OK, but Schatzberg's direction doesn't do much for the slightly shaggy story. what makes it worth watching so far past its 80s-New York time? Morgan Freeman, Morgan Freeman, and here and there Christopher Reeve (he's limited as an actor, but he fares alright here). Did I mention Morgan Freeman?
½ April 2, 2008
It's the 80's. Christopher Reeve is exceptionally wooden as a newspaper reporter turned TV personality who fakes an article about a day in the life of a pimp, only to be linked to a real street-wise John played beautifully by Morgan Freeman. Boring, bad music, but Morgan Freeman is worth watching; a real departure from his most recent on-screen personas.
½ 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.
November 22, 2015
A good suspense drama with great performances from Morgan Freeman and Christopher Reeve
½ May 16, 2015
Reporter gets into hot water over a fictional expose concerning prostitution. Morgan Freeman is really the only saving grace in this film.
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 26, 2014
Late release from the famed Golan-Globus production team about a magazine writer who fabricates a story on a New York pimp that gets widespread attention but lands him in hot water when the district attorney feels he based the story a person facing involuntary manslaughter charges. No secret here, but Golan-Globus was always at its best making action films but this is a pretty good one too. Started off slow and I was about to write it off half way through but the second half got good and Freeman is especially strong. I always have trouble seeing Reeve as someone other than his Clark Kent role when I watch him.
½ December 27, 2013
Struggling reporter concocts a fictitious tale that coincides with a current murder investigation, launching his career to the front page and on tv. Includes some commentary on ethics and morals. Late entry for the Cannon/Golan-Globus team that underscores the decline of the once formidable outfit; they just seemed to stop making movies that people truly cared about. Most notable for Morgan Freeman's first Oscar nomination in a supporting role.
½ July 1, 2013
The movie has its downfalls, and it doesn't quite know if it wants to be a comedy about two men from totally incongruous backgrounds meeting and working together, or if it wants to be stark documentation of the conditions on the street. Nevertheless, Morgan Freeman's early performance is magical and full of sardonic brutality that we never really see from him. His performance is what made it as compelling as it was.
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?
½ 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
"Street Smart" provides insight into the world of pimps and prostitutes; unfortunately, I didn't really want this much insight into prostitution. I must laud Morgan Freeman for his Oscar-nominated role, as his bi-polarity between friendliness and cruelty was unnerving. He was great, though I prefer his roles in Driving Miss Daisy, Shawshank, Batman, or just about any other film over this one. Christopher Reeve was just okay while Kathy Baker stole the show as the prostitute Punchy, particularly during the chiling threat scene ("which eye?") with Freeman. While the concept of a fictional article that resembles real-life events was interesting, the thought to use the concept on a story about a pimp was a mistake.
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