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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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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?

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
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
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Schatzberg's major problems are lethargic pacing and a strained plot.

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

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

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Street Smart

How much better an actor Freeman is then everyone else involved in this lacking thriller is too funny.....the movie is 1.5 stars,Freeman's performance is 5 stars.

bill secor
bill secor

"Street Smart" provides insight into the world of pimps and prostitutes; unfortunately, I didn't really want this much insight into prostitution. I must laud Morgan Freeman for his Oscar-nominated role, as his bi-polarity between friendliness and cruelty was unnerving. He was great, though I prefer his roles in Driving Miss Daisy, Shawshank, Batman, or just about any other film over this one. Christopher Reeve was just okay while Kathy Baker stole the show as the prostitute Punchy, particularly during the chiling threat scene ("which eye?") with Freeman. While the concept of a fictional article that resembles real-life events was interesting, the thought to use the concept on a story about a pimp was a mistake.

Jonny Priano
Jonny Priano

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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