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Whore (1991)

NC-17 | | Drama | 18 October 1991 (USA)
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A night in the life of a cynical prostitute forms the basis of Ken Russell's portrait of the world's oldest profession.

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Ken Russell

Writers:

David Hines (play), Ken Russell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Theresa Russell ... Liz
Benjamin Mouton ... Blake
Antonio Fargas ... Rasta
Elizabeth Morehead ... Katie
Daniel Quinn ... Brutal Man
Sanjay Chandani ... Indian (as Sanjay)
Jason Saucier ... Bill
Michael Crabtree ... Man in Car
Jered Barclay Jered Barclay ... Dead Trick in Car
Doug MacHugh Doug MacHugh ... Man in Diner
Amanda Goodwin ... Martha, Liz's Girlfriend
Frank Smith Frank Smith ... Charlie
Jason Kristofer ... Shy Kid in Van
Robert O'Reilly ... Younger Man in Car
Ginger Lynn ... Wounded Girl (as Ginger Lynn Allen)
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Storyline

The prostitute Liz works on the streets of Los Angeles. She recalls her life in flashback, when she marries an alcoholic man. She leaves him with their son. Then she works as waitress in a diner until the day a man introduces her to prostitution. Later she is raped by at least five men and the pimp Blake "protects" her. Liz tries to escape from Blake and befriends the prostitute Katie; however Blake chases her. On the streets, she befriends the homeless Rasta (Antonio Fargas) that helps her when she needs. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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If You're Afraid to Say It... Just See It. See more »

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Drama

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Trivia

Director Ken Russell made the movie as a response to Pretty Woman (1990). See more »

Goofs

When Liz gives the finger to the anal-sex enthusiast in the opening scene, a person is walking through the tunnel toward her. When she turns around a moment later, the pedestrian disappears. See more »

Quotes

Liz: [Liz finds Sanjay using a bicycle pump on his tire] Oh, you got a flat. Need help pumping it up?
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Crazy Credits

Credits have MCMLXXXXI for 1991, should read MCMXCI. See more »

Alternate Versions

The aforementioned European version, running 92 minutes was also released in North America on VHS, with an "unrated" label. See more »

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Features High Stakes (1989) See more »

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THE BITCH BETTER HAVE MY MONEY
Performed by AMG
Written by J. Lewis
Produced by AMG
Courtesy of Select Records
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Theresa Russell was way too glamorous looking!
23 July 2006 | by emo_ville2002See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film because of the acting of Ms.Russell. Though all the characters were painted with the usual overly broad strokes.

The only problem I basically had with this film, was that Ms. Russell's character was much too glamorous to be a *street whore*.

Her skin and make-up were flawless, she had nice teeth etc.. It sounds silly, but I notice these things when watching films. That was the most un-authentic part of this film, noticing how perfect she looked.

From viewing documentaries depicting real life prostitutes (HBO's series about hookers in the Bronx, those women were rough....missing teeth, barely literate etc) and other movies depicting the horrors of prostitution, we all know they usually don't look as good as Ms. Russell does in this film....unless they are call girls. Call girls aren't as abused as street hookers, they usually have a decent and comfortable place to be with their clients.

Most street whores have drug problems, even if they don't, that rough 'street life' certainly takes a toll on ones looks. I saw none of that in Theresa's character. She looked young and vibrant!

Nevertheless, she gave a great performance given the below par script she was given to work with.

I also enjoyed the 'Alfie' speaking-into-the-camera style and the anti-"Pretty Woman" message. Anyone who thinks prostitution is in any way 'glamourous', well, they need to read a bit more about the seedy demeaning aspects of that life. Then go back to school to get a decent education, so they can get a normal job. There are no free rides, pardon the pun, in that world.

Good performances all around. Though it would have been nice to see Antonio Vargas play a different character other than a wacky street person, at least he wasn't a pimp!


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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$165,534, 6 October 1991

Gross USA:

$1,008,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,008,404
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Runtime:

| (R Rated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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