Hardcore

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Director Paul Schrader's preoccupations with alienation and faith are given a compelling avatar in George C. Scott's superb performance, although some audiences may find Hardcore too soft to live up to its provocative promise.

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When Michigan businessman Jake Van Dorn (George C. Scott) lets his teenage daughter go on a church trip to California, she never returns. Jake hires Los Angeles investigator Andy Mast (Peter Boyle) to look for her, and Mast turns up a pornographic film she's recently appeared in. Both stunned and increasingly disappointed with the police, Jake travels to California where he poses as an adult-film producer in hopes of finding someone who's seen his little girl.

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  • Nov 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.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 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.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    A good thriller, very dramatic and cool, it really feels like the end of the 70s.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 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.
    Patrick D Super Reviewer

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