High Stakes (1989)





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Sally Kirkland stars as a good-hearted hooker named Bambi Rose in this odd crime-drama from director Amos Kollek. Bambi is getting a bit long in the tooth, and is at the mercy of a sadistic pimp named Slim (Richard Lynch), who has his fingers in nearly every sort of crime imaginable. When a greedy Wall Street stockbroker (Robert LuPone) shows up on her doorstep after being mugged, Bambi enlists his aid in ripping off Slim and saving her daughter from a life of vice. More interesting than the film is the cast, which -- aside from including some fine performances from Kirkland and Lynch -- features such future luminaries as Kathy Bates and Sarah Michelle Gellar (credited as Sarah Gellar).
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Sally Kirkland
as Melanie Rose
Robert LuPone
as John Stratton
Edward Black
as Bouncer
Larry Block
as Harvey
Joe Cirillo
as Waiter
Jesse Corti
as Super
Betty Miller
as Mother
Maia Danziger
as Veronica
William Kennedy
as Man in Backroom
Samantha Louca
as Strattan Receptionist
Rose Parra
as Tina
June Stein
as Betty
Michael Steinhardt
as Good Time Man
Maggie Wagner
as Woman in Bar
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A trite romantic comedy.

Full Review… | February 10, 2015
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