EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|VICE SQUAD (director: Gary A. Sherman; screenwriters: Sandy Howard/Robert Vincent O'Neil/Kenneth Peters; cinematographer: John Alcott; editor: Roy Watts; music: Keith Runenstein/Michael Montgomery; cast: Season Hubley (Princess), Gary Swanson (Tom Walsh), Wings Hauser (Ramrod), Pepe Serna (Pete Mendez), Beverly Todd (Louise Williams), Nina Blackwood (Ginger), Joseph DiGiroloma (Kowalski), Maurice Emanuel (Edwards), Wayne Hackett (Christian Sorenson); Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Brian Frankish; Avco Embassy; 1982)|
|"At least you can't get a sexually
transmitted disease by just watching such trash."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Sexploitation cult flick that's dull, sleazy and
violent, and seems like a B-film despite given the A-film big budget
treatment. Gary A. Sherman
Jake"/"Death Line") flatly directs
this thriller as if
it was a TV cop series allowed to go R rated. It's
written without any sense of worth by Sandy Howard, Robert
O'Neil and Kenneth Peters. The action takes place over the course of
one night. The best thing I can say about it, is at least you can't get
a sexually transmitted disease by just watching such trash.
Sadistic pimp Ramrod (Wings
Hauser), dressed in cowboy gear, beats
LA prostitute Ginger (Nina Blackwood)
to death in a motel room when she ran away from him and mutilates her
vagina with a wire coat hanger.
Princess (Season Hubley) is an
LA business woman who moonlights as a hooker (using no pimp) to support
her young daughter. When caught plying her illegal trade, the whore
with a heart of gold is forced to make a deal with the cops and go
undercover wearing a wire so that the Vice Squad get the proof the psychopathic pimp is indeed a pimp. Princess is under
the protection of gung-ho crusading undercover cop Tom Walsh (Gary Swanson), who heads the Vice Squad
team. The vicious pimp is arrested, but escapes vowing revenge on
Princess for setting him up. Princess is unaware of his escape and is
seen with her johns until taken captive by the crazed pimp with the
Vice Squad in pursuit.
Hauer makes for a good meanie pimp, while
Hubley holds our attention as a damsel in distress--convincing us that
whores are also human beings (for those who needed such reassurances).
It's based on real Hollywood vice cases, as
it was one of the early films that tried capturing street life for the
police. Yet it still feels
fake. Kubrick's favorite cinematographer John Alcott
brings out the gritty nightlife scene on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard
with his usual observant excellence, allowing the film to look better
than the seamy uninspiring TV-like production that it turned out to be.
REVIEWED ON 8/23/2010 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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