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.