Watch Now: STREETWALKIN'
One of the first pictures produced by Roger Corman’s Concorde Pictures, Joan Freeman’s Streetwalkin’ is a cult thriller written by Freeman and the producer Robert Alden, executive-produced by Corman. Shot over 24 nights in the summer of 1984, the film tells the story of a sister and her younger brother running away from a dysfunctional and violent family only to arrive in New York. Upon arrival, she falls for a pimp and soon finds herself working as a prostitute. Her pimp’s violence and brutality increasingly disturbs her, but as she considers stopping working under him, he spends the night trying to track her down to deliver a brutal punishment.
A successful vehicle for main actress Melissa Leo to demonstrate the level of her talent, Streetwalkin’ is one of those rare films where the setting – 1980s New York City – almost becomes one of the protagonists. A well-made exploitation film that doesn’t fail to entertain and absorb your attention from start to finish, Streetwalkin’ might seem like a remake of many other hookers and pimps films, but what sets it apart is a great screenplay and wonderful performance from Leo. For all you disco-loving, NYC-worshipping film lovers, this is a treat you don’t want to miss.