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Hardcore

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George C. Scott and Paul Schrader did not get a a long and the two were constantly arguing with each other on the set.      The producers had Paul Schrader change the ending much to his and George C. Scott's dismay.

Director: Paul Schrader
Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 9, 1979
MPAA Rating: R
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"Oh my God, that's my daughter!"

  • Oct 18, 2009
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+4
Hardcore was Paul Schrader's second film as a director and it starred George C. Scott as a Jake VanDorn, a concerned repressively religious father who's little girl disappears.  Peter Boyle co-stars as  Andy Mast, a private investigator, Dick Sargent portrays Wes DeJong, a concerned brother-in-law and Season Hubley as  Niki, a sex worker.  The script was written by Schrader who based it upon his strict and conservative Calvinist religious upbringing. 

Jake VanDorn is a middle aged social conservative businessman who little girl Kristen (Ilah Davis) vanishes one day.  Her concerned father hires Andy Mast, a sleazy private eye who finds out what her daughter's been doing.  He screens for Jake an 8mm film showing her in a hardcore porn film.  Jake
filled with rage and fear orders Andy to find out where she is no matter what.  Andy pokes around LA but his lackadaisical and unconventional  "detective work" is not fast or efficient enough for Jake who fires him on the spot and takes over in his quest for Kristen.  During his journey, Jake begins a transformation himself and sees the World outside of his sheltered middle American life.  Will Jake find his daughter?  How far will he go to get his "little girl". Can he keep his head up above the sleaze and depravity of the porn world?

George C. Scott walks the fine line between overacting in this on.  But his shear persona and surprisingly range of emotions rises up the dark and at sometimes self-indulgent and repugnant script.  Season Hubley brings an aura of naivete in her role as Niki, a young sex worker who's lifestyle has harden her look on life.  Peter Boyle is incredibly sleazy as the private eye who takes his "research" and "investigations" a little too seriously. The title of the film not only reflects the world of the adult film industry (at the time) but the changing of Jake's persona as he becomes more intense and brutal in his never ending quest to find his daughter.

If you enjoyed The Taxi Driver or didn't care for 8mm or a big fan of George C. Scott then you'll want to check this one out.  

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