Street Smart Reviews

  • Jul 12, 2020

    The performances make this a must watch.

    The performances make this a must watch.

  • May 22, 2020

    Clark Kent . . .I mean Christopher Reeves plays a reporter. Must have been a stretch for his acting skills. The movie is worth watching just to see Morgan Freeman play a realistic pimp. His performance not only carries the movie, it is the movie. Without his performance, the rest of the movie would be nothing better than a Law and Order episode. Actually, I think L&O did an episode very similar to this movie.

    Clark Kent . . .I mean Christopher Reeves plays a reporter. Must have been a stretch for his acting skills. The movie is worth watching just to see Morgan Freeman play a realistic pimp. His performance not only carries the movie, it is the movie. Without his performance, the rest of the movie would be nothing better than a Law and Order episode. Actually, I think L&O did an episode very similar to this movie.

  • Mar 20, 2019

    Christopher Reeve portrays a journalist whose fabricated tale of â24 hours in the life of a pimpâ? lands him in hot water with the courts after it closely resembles the story of a real-life pimp on trial for murder. The story is a tad unrealistic, but intriguing nonetheless. Reeve and Morgan Freeman form an uneasy alliance to try and cover both of their asses, but their relationship quickly deteriorates and Reeves must try to salvage his relationship, his career, and his freedom. Both co-stars excel in their roles, as does Kathy Baker as one of Freemanâ(TM)s girls who gets involved with Reeve. Freeman received an Oscar nomination for his smooth-talking, sometimes likable, sometimes violent performance. He never crosses the line into illogical or psychotic, but can definitely terrorize when necessary. A soundtrack from Robert Irving III and Miles Davis and cinematography by Adam Holender keeps the viewer hooked throughout, though the pacing is flawed at times. The ending feels a tad anticlimactic, but Iâ(TM)ll admit I canâ(TM)t come up with any better conclusion. The story is entertaining, the dialogue and characters are believable, and Reeve has good rapport with Baker.

    Christopher Reeve portrays a journalist whose fabricated tale of â24 hours in the life of a pimpâ? lands him in hot water with the courts after it closely resembles the story of a real-life pimp on trial for murder. The story is a tad unrealistic, but intriguing nonetheless. Reeve and Morgan Freeman form an uneasy alliance to try and cover both of their asses, but their relationship quickly deteriorates and Reeves must try to salvage his relationship, his career, and his freedom. Both co-stars excel in their roles, as does Kathy Baker as one of Freemanâ(TM)s girls who gets involved with Reeve. Freeman received an Oscar nomination for his smooth-talking, sometimes likable, sometimes violent performance. He never crosses the line into illogical or psychotic, but can definitely terrorize when necessary. A soundtrack from Robert Irving III and Miles Davis and cinematography by Adam Holender keeps the viewer hooked throughout, though the pacing is flawed at times. The ending feels a tad anticlimactic, but Iâ(TM)ll admit I canâ(TM)t come up with any better conclusion. The story is entertaining, the dialogue and characters are believable, and Reeve has good rapport with Baker.

  • Nov 22, 2015

    A good suspense drama with great performances from Morgan Freeman and Christopher Reeve

    A good suspense drama with great performances from Morgan Freeman and Christopher Reeve

  • May 16, 2015

    Reporter gets into hot water over a fictional expose concerning prostitution. Morgan Freeman is really the only saving grace in this film.

    Reporter gets into hot water over a fictional expose concerning prostitution. Morgan Freeman is really the only saving grace in this film.

  • Aug 20, 2014

    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.

    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.

  • May 26, 2014

    Late release from the famed Golan-Globus production team about a magazine writer who fabricates a story on a New York pimp that gets widespread attention but lands him in hot water when the district attorney feels he based the story a person facing involuntary manslaughter charges. No secret here, but Golan-Globus was always at its best making action films but this is a pretty good one too. Started off slow and I was about to write it off half way through but the second half got good and Freeman is especially strong. I always have trouble seeing Reeve as someone other than his Clark Kent role when I watch him.

    Late release from the famed Golan-Globus production team about a magazine writer who fabricates a story on a New York pimp that gets widespread attention but lands him in hot water when the district attorney feels he based the story a person facing involuntary manslaughter charges. No secret here, but Golan-Globus was always at its best making action films but this is a pretty good one too. Started off slow and I was about to write it off half way through but the second half got good and Freeman is especially strong. I always have trouble seeing Reeve as someone other than his Clark Kent role when I watch him.

  • Dec 27, 2013

    Struggling reporter concocts a fictitious tale that coincides with a current murder investigation, launching his career to the front page and on tv. Includes some commentary on ethics and morals. Late entry for the Cannon/Golan-Globus team that underscores the decline of the once formidable outfit; they just seemed to stop making movies that people truly cared about. Most notable for Morgan Freeman's first Oscar nomination in a supporting role.

    Struggling reporter concocts a fictitious tale that coincides with a current murder investigation, launching his career to the front page and on tv. Includes some commentary on ethics and morals. Late entry for the Cannon/Golan-Globus team that underscores the decline of the once formidable outfit; they just seemed to stop making movies that people truly cared about. Most notable for Morgan Freeman's first Oscar nomination in a supporting role.

  • Jul 01, 2013

    The movie has its downfalls, and it doesn't quite know if it wants to be a comedy about two men from totally incongruous backgrounds meeting and working together, or if it wants to be stark documentation of the conditions on the street. Nevertheless, Morgan Freeman's early performance is magical and full of sardonic brutality that we never really see from him. His performance is what made it as compelling as it was.

    The movie has its downfalls, and it doesn't quite know if it wants to be a comedy about two men from totally incongruous backgrounds meeting and working together, or if it wants to be stark documentation of the conditions on the street. Nevertheless, Morgan Freeman's early performance is magical and full of sardonic brutality that we never really see from him. His performance is what made it as compelling as it was.

  • Apr 06, 2013

    After seeing so many crime stories with protagonist's that were active, seeing Reeve's as a rather stupid hero role is maddening and contrary to the title. The film is rather lackluster in scope and resolution but has a solid performance from Freeman and some interesting ideas that could have been slightly more well rounded. A decent 80's crime film.

    After seeing so many crime stories with protagonist's that were active, seeing Reeve's as a rather stupid hero role is maddening and contrary to the title. The film is rather lackluster in scope and resolution but has a solid performance from Freeman and some interesting ideas that could have been slightly more well rounded. A decent 80's crime film.