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July 24, 2017
Schrader's film is the embodiment of the long standing argument of conservatism. The issue of what's sexual obscenity or sexual expressionism. C. Scott plays a formidable role incredibly well, he's got fantastic emotional range that takes his character to the brink and back. The soundtrack is eerie and formidable, almost feeling out of place to keep as an analogy for the characters themselves. The films structure and pacing is just a tad off, the first act is bloated and unfortunately makes the second act start too late and the last act scramble for both an ending and a strong climax.
June 5, 2017
Paul Schrader's Hardcore is a masterpiece - brilliantly directed, endlessly disturbing, and brutally heartwrenching.
½ May 2, 2016
Hardcore (1979) ?? 1/2
Father ventures into the porno industry to track down his daughter who was taken from his life. Sometimes fascinating, other times repellent, but the ending fails to impress (it's very unbelievable). Strong performances help keep this watchable. Director Paul Schrader also scripted.
April 13, 2016
Typical film of the 70's, shocking and revealing, that life is not that naive.
½ July 17, 2015
Enjoyment of this movie hinges on your Scott tolerance. I happen to find him one of the most intriguing actors in cinema, so I really enjoyed this sordid and bleak tale from the late 70's sex trade. Apparently the ending is a "happy" one tacked on by the producers, but I truly preferred it that way. One of the most gripping fight sequences near the end makes great use of San Francisco geography.
June 19, 2015
Started off rather brilliantly. The premise was a strong one. A deeply religious man's daughter runs away and gets into the seedy world of porn, from which he needs to save her. However, the plot quickly became farcical and totally unbelievable. It is an interesting companion piece to Taxi Driver, but nowhere near as well made.
April 19, 2015
Disturbing movie that gives a gritty view of the porn industry. George C. Scott gives an outstanding performance as a religious man searching for his missing daughter. The story isn't very deep so the commentary on the porn industry doesn't have much power, but there are many scenes that make you emotional. The movie is emotional porn commenting on physical porn.
January 20, 2015
Still love this film. Unfortunately it's largely forgotten.
½ July 2, 2014
I really hate this film but it still has a pull for me. I can't stand it but I can't resist it either. Scott is magnificent.
December 24, 2013
A serious lead turn from George C. Scott, as the Mid-Western Christian searching the seeding Los Angles underworld for his runaway daughter. Excellent support from Peter Boyle. 70's cinema at its best with a cracking soundtrack from Jack Nitzsche. Big Dick Blaque is one of lifes true legends.
½ October 11, 2013
Cult classic. Personal fav. Possible guilty pleasure (depending on ones own morality). Imperfect yet wonderfully engaging story of conservative Midwestern values violently clashing with liberal California modernity. All at once, one of Scott's most restrained, explosive, gripping (and criminally under seen) performances jumps off the screen by way of an extremely nuanced Schrader screenplay that once again forces the audience to examine transforming American sexual morays. And some damn fine ass kickery from lovably gruff Scott. Dynamic performances all around, but the sweet spots involve Scott and Hubley debating the value of sexuality in a sexually frank society. The thinking-mans Taken.
August 7, 2013
Pretty crazy movie, as you would expect from Schrader, but the ending doesn't really make sense.
June 9, 2013
Even though Hardcore is thematically intriguing and visually gritty, all elements identifiable with Paul Schrader, it feels like a weak examination of the porn industry of the late seventies and also lacks the urgency and intensity of most of the best thriller dramas.
January 7, 2013
A serious lead turn from George C. Scott, as the Mid-Western Christian searching the seeding Los Angles underworld for his runaway daughter. Excellent support from Peter Boyle. 70's cinema at its best with a cracking soundtrack from Jack Nitzsche.
January 3, 2013
Using The Searchers as a story template Paul Schrader's Hardcore takes a god fearing, respectable business man from Michigan and throws him to the porno lions of the west coast as he searches for his lost teenage daughter - last seen in a stag movie. This is an ordinary man, doing extraordinary things and it makes for much more compelling viewing than say the romper rollercoaster Taken or the sleavepit descent of 8mm.... a classic that should be more widely celebrated in film circles
December 30, 2012
I actually think this movie is terrible but hilariously so.
November 13, 2012
The problem is that the film strictly takes the perspective of the father when it could've been more compelling if we had understood more of why the daughter left for the "love" of such seedy people. It's quite confusing, even if it is explained by the daughter at the end. She says that her father didn't love her or even care about her, and that she didn't fit into the world he wanted for her. Sure, okay, I get that, but it certainly wasn't shown in the film. At the start, we have no indication that theirs is a strained relationship. This makes for a less involving, less believable film. However, there were many incredible things about this film. For one, George C. Scott gives a powerhouse performance as the desperate father. If anything drew me in, it was what he did with his character. Also, the music by Jack Nitzsche was perfectly moody. And finally, Michael Chapman's cinematography is just as darkly neon as it was in Taxi Driver.
½ June 29, 2012
für mich immer noch einer der besten filme der 70er jahre, leider immer zu unbekannt, für leute die taxi driver oder 8mm mögen...für mich ein absolutes muss
April 13, 2012
This is truely a lost art form, and really hardcore...
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