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Set in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this film stars George C. Scott as Jake Van Dorn, a Calvinist minister whose daughter Kristen vanishes while on a church-sponsored field trip to California. After hiring a private investigator, Van Dorn discovers his daughter has become a porn actress.

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George C. Scott
as Jake VanDorn
Peter Boyle
as Andy Mast
Dick Sargent
as Wes DeJong
Larry Block
as Detective Burrows
Ilah Davis
as Kristen Van Dorn
Paul Marin
as Joe Van Dorn
Will Walker
as Jism Jim
Hal Williams
as Big Dick Blaque
Roy London
as Jim Rucker
Tracey Walter
as Male Teller
Bobby Kosser
as Film Director
Stephen P. Dunn
as Cameraman
Larry Black
as Detective Burrows
Jean Allison
as Mrs. Steensma
Reb Brown
as Manager
James Helder
as John Van Dorn
John Otte
as Grandfather Van Dorn
Judith Ransdell
as Ramada's Secretary
Linda Morell
as 'Les Girls' Woman
Michael Hatch
as Nephew #1
Antonio Méndez Esparza
as Teenage Mexican
Linda Cremeans
as Stewardess
Stewart Steinberg
as Man in Seersucker Suit
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Critic Reviews for Hardcore

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Audience Reviews for Hardcore

  • 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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