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Street Smart (1987)

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Jonathan Fisher (Christopher Reeve) is a newspaper reporter who becomes a celebrity when he writes a fictitious exposé on prostitution. The story of the high-living pimp is too close a resemblance to real-life flesh pedlar Fast Black (Morgan Freeman), and Jonathan is jailed when he refuses to turn his papers over to the local district attorney. In jail for suspicion of murder, Black tries to silence the reporter who created the sensational fabrication.

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Cast

Christopher Reeve
as Jonathan Fisher
Morgan Freeman
as Fast Black
Andre Gregory
as Ted Avery
Mimi Rogers
as Alison Parker
Jay Patterson
as Leonard Pike
Frederick Rolf
as Joel Davis
Erik King
as Reggie
Michael J. Reynolds
as Art Sheffield
Shari Hilton
as Darlene
Joe Barrientos
as Hispanic Prostitute
Bill Torre
as Hotel Clerk
Richard Mullaly
as Suburban John
Marie Barrientos
as Hispanic Prostitute
Eddie Earl Hatch
as Flashy Man
Grace Garland
as Black Prostitute
Wally Martin
as Lowlife
Robert Morelli
as Undercover Cop
Shawn Laurence
as Bartender
Kelly Ricard
as Woman Magistrate
Dorian Joe Clark
as Transvestite
Ulla Moreland
as Ted's Wife
Lynne Adams
as Reporter
Lois Dellar
as Reporter
Chui-Lin Mark
as Reporter
Manon Vallee
as Reporter
Carole Zelles
as Reporter
Danny Brainin
as TV Cameraman
Steve Michaels
as Taxi Inspector
Margarita Stocker
as Intellectual Woman
Ruth Dahan
as Mrs. Silverbeard
Richard Mullally
as Suburban John
Vera Miller
as Party Guest
Nadia Rona
as Party Guest
Terry Haig
as Marshall
Donald Lamoureux
as Prison Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Street Smart

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Is Morgan Freeman the greatest American actor?

January 14, 2013 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

Street Smart winds up being a bit too smart for its own good, but it's compelling and complex.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
Top Critic

A clever thriller with a lot of unbelievable scenes and a sappy ending, but two wonderful performances.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

There's something about seedy undersides that brings out the best (or at least the personal) in director Jerry Schatzberg ... though his Elia Kazan social consciousness could use a little toning down.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Schatzberg's major problems are lethargic pacing and a strained plot.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

...the movie's still worth seeing, though, if only for Freeman's electrifying performance.

August 1, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Morgan Freeman's performance IS the movie; the rest is a supporting cast trying to work themes a rewrite by James Toback would have fully realized ... and we would be locked into Reeve's dilemma more than just as our ticket to meeting Fast Black ... Points for Anna Horsford and Kathy Baker (who makes a foul shot as the white Whore With the Heart of Gold), and for the one-man theatre of Andre Gregory.

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Street Smart," a magazine journalist, Jonathan Fisher(Christopher Reeve), has trouble researching an article about a pimp, even after interviewing Punchy(Kathy Baker), a prostitute, so he fabricates the article, instead. As a result of the article being a hit, he becomes the toast of the town. But the district attorney feels that the imagined pimp is Fast Black(Morgan Freeman) who is charged with murder, and would like to have a word with Fisher...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Street Smart" has a neat premise but the subpar execution leaves it being little more than a B-movie. The seedy Times Square of this film has long vanished and AIDS is never mentioned. But what is not dated is its take on journalistic ethics which remains especially relevant in this day and age.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Christopher Reeve makes for an especially weak lead. And it does take some getting used to Kathy Baker playing a prositute but she is very good. Morgan Freeman is excellent in his breakout role. While he never played this type of character again, he would also never again be so virile on screen.("Glory" and "Driving Miss Daisy" were soon on the horizon for him.)[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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