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       According to the 28 Mar 1983 HR, principal photography was set to begin 25 Apr 1983 in Los Angeles, CA, and New York City. The 26 Apr 1983 DV announced filming began that day at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, and the 2 May 1983 DV reported a $4 million budget. On 18 Jul 1983, HR announced that filming was complete.
       Using the French title, New York, deux heures du matin, the picture held its world premiere in Paris, France, and brought in 50,255 viewers between 18--31 Jul 1984, according to the 7 Aug 1984 HR. Fear City opened in Los Angeles 8 Mar 1985 and earned $45,000 in its first week, as reported in the May 1985 Box.

      End credits include the following acknowledgements: “Thanks to Don Nielson and Marvin Schlachter,” and “Special thanks to the following “Ladies” of Fear City: Jeri Singer, Tiffany Bearing, Tricia Brown, Ketima Cooper, Mary Theresa Crumley, Vicki Glick, Erika Martinez, Teresa Moore, Debra New, Lisa Reynolds.” Additionally, “The producer gratefully acknowledges the following companies: Candies Shoe Co., Jack Daniels Distillery, J & B Distillery, JVC Corporation, Members Only Clothes, Nike Sportswear, Perrier, and Philip Morris, ... More Less

       According to the 28 Mar 1983 HR, principal photography was set to begin 25 Apr 1983 in Los Angeles, CA, and New York City. The 26 Apr 1983 DV announced filming began that day at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, and the 2 May 1983 DV reported a $4 million budget. On 18 Jul 1983, HR announced that filming was complete.
       Using the French title, New York, deux heures du matin, the picture held its world premiere in Paris, France, and brought in 50,255 viewers between 18--31 Jul 1984, according to the 7 Aug 1984 HR. Fear City opened in Los Angeles 8 Mar 1985 and earned $45,000 in its first week, as reported in the May 1985 Box.

      End credits include the following acknowledgements: “Thanks to Don Nielson and Marvin Schlachter,” and “Special thanks to the following “Ladies” of Fear City: Jeri Singer, Tiffany Bearing, Tricia Brown, Ketima Cooper, Mary Theresa Crumley, Vicki Glick, Erika Martinez, Teresa Moore, Debra New, Lisa Reynolds.” Additionally, “The producer gratefully acknowledges the following companies: Candies Shoe Co., Jack Daniels Distillery, J & B Distillery, JVC Corporation, Members Only Clothes, Nike Sportswear, Perrier, and Philip Morris, Inc.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
May 1985.
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Daily Variety
26 Apr 1983.
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Daily Variety
2 May 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
28 Mar 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Jul 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
7 Aug 1984.
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Los Angeles Times
12 Mar 1985
p. 4.
New York Times
16 Feb 1985
p. 13.
Variety
23 May 1984
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Bruce Cohn Curtis presents
A Zupnik-Curtis Enterprises, Inc. presentation
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Asst dir trainee
Unit mgr, New York unit
2d asst dir, New York unit
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Co-prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Still photog
Grip
Grip
Steadicam op
Addl cam op
Addl 1st asst cam
Lighting tech
Addl 1st asst cam, New York unit
2d asst cam, New York unit
Panoglide op, New York unit
Still photog, New York unit
Gaffer, New York unit
Best boy elec, New York unit
Grip, New York unit
Grip, New York unit
Elec, New York unit
Elec, New York unit
Elec, New York unit
2d unit cam, New York unit
ART DIRECTORS
Asst art dir
Illustrator
Asst art department, New York unit
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
Asst ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Set dec
Set dresser
Asst props
Leadman
Const coord
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Set const
Set const
Set const
Set const
Set const
Head painter
Painter
Asst props, New York unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Asst ward, New York unit
Clothes des and created for Jack Scalia by
MUSIC
Mus scoring mixer
Mus scoring mixer
Mus rec at
Bass choir
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Sd and mus ed supv
Sd ed
ADR ed
Asst sd ed
Foley actor
Foley actor
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Foley/ADR rec at
VISUAL EFFECTS
Process coord
Spec eff
Spec eff makeup, New York unit
Opticals by
Titles des by
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Asst makeup
Asst makeup
Hairstylist to Mr. Williams
Spec makeup des
Asst makeup, New York unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod exec
Prod coord
Creative consultant
Casting dir
Scr supv
Visual consultant
Asst to the prod
Prod secy
Asst auditor
Medical adv
Loc scout
Martial arts choreog
Boxing coord
Boxing coord
Extra casting
Asst to the dir
Asst to Mr. Berenger
Asst to Mr. Scalia
LAPD motor supv
Fire safety officer
Transportation coord
Driver
Driver
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft service
Craft service
Helicopter pilot, New York unit
Tech adv, New York unit
Extra casting, New York unit
Prod secy, New York unit
Transportation capt, New York unit
Driver, New York unit
Driver, New York unit
Driver, New York unit
Driver, New York unit
Driver, New York unit
Driver, New York unit
Driver, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
Prod asst, New York unit
New York loc by
Post prod coord
Post prod facilities by
Promotional tie-ins
Promotions coord
STAND INS
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“New York Doll,” performed by David Johansen, music by Joe Delia, lyrics by David Johansen, published by Sly Moon Publishing Co., Buster Poindexter, Inc./Fear City Music
“Funn,” performed by The Gunchback Boogie Band, music and lyrics by V. Jackson, A. Bayyan, M. Muuhammad, T. Johnson, and I. Ross, published by Phylman/Torin/Amirful/Sun-N-Child/Arug/Kidro, courtesy of Prelude Records
“Two Timer,” performance, music, and lyrics by Joe Delia, published by Sly Moon Publishing Co./Fear City Music
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SONGS
“New York Doll,” performed by David Johansen, music by Joe Delia, lyrics by David Johansen, published by Sly Moon Publishing Co., Buster Poindexter, Inc./Fear City Music
“Funn,” performed by The Gunchback Boogie Band, music and lyrics by V. Jackson, A. Bayyan, M. Muuhammad, T. Johnson, and I. Ross, published by Phylman/Torin/Amirful/Sun-N-Child/Arug/Kidro, courtesy of Prelude Records
“Two Timer,” performance, music, and lyrics by Joe Delia, published by Sly Moon Publishing Co./Fear City Music
“You’re The One,” performed by Sharon Redd, music and lyrics by E. Matthew and D. Payne, published by Phylman/Eric Matthew/Paynetronics, courtesy of Prelude Records
“Method To Your Badness,” performed by Raetta, music by Joe Delia, lyrics by Artie Kaplan, published by Sly Moon Publishing Co./Thrice Music, Inc./Fear City Music
“Feels Like It’s Going To Be Good,” performance, music, and lyrics by Patrick Adams, published by Phylman/PAP Music/Leila Music
“Rotation,” performed by Sine, music by Patrick Adams, published by Phylman/PAP Music, courtesy of Prelude Records
“You’ll Never Know,” performed by Hi-Gloss, music and lyrics by Giuliano Salerni and Phil Hurtt, published by Phylman/GS Euroamerican/April Blackwood, courtesy of Prelude Records
“Cowgirl Blues,” performance and music by Joe Delia, published by Sly Moon Publishing Co./Fear City Music
“Liar On The Wire,” performed by Sharon Redd, music and lyrics by E. Matthew, S. Redd, and S. Nesbit, published by Phylman/Eric Matthew/Redd Siren, courtesy of Prelude Records
“Sucker City,” performed by David Johansen, music by Joe Delia, lyrics by David Johansen, published by Sly Moon Publishing Co., Buster Poindexter, Inc./Fear City Music
“Get Tough,” performed by C. D. III, music and lyrics by C. D. Savory, N. Thompson, and G. Watford, published by Phylman/American Wordways, courtesy of Prelude Records
“New York Doll” (Reprise), performance and music by Joe Delia, published by Sly Moon Publishing Co., Buster Poindexter, Inc./Fear City Music
“Keep On,” performed by D Train, music and lyrics by N. Eaves III and J. Williams, published by Truman/Nuemar/Diesel, courtesy of Prelude Records
“Walking Slow,” performance and music by Patrick Adams, published by Phylman/PAP Music/Leila Music
“Povero Amico Mio,” published by Le Edizioni Musicali Nazionalmusic, performed by Carlo Buti, courtesy of EMI Italiano, S.p.A.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
15 February 1985
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 February 1985
Los Angeles opening: 8 March 1985
Production Date:
26 April--mid July 1984 in New York and Los Angeles
Copyright Claimant:
Chevy Chase Films Limited Partnership
Copyright Date:
22 August 1985
Copyright Number:
PA260378
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In a New York City club of erotic dancers, Matt Rossi and Nicky Piacenza, owners of the Starlite Talent Agency, collect their weekly commission from the establishment’s owner, Mike. While Matt’s former girl friend, Loretta, performs onstage, another dancer, Honey, is attacked and stabbed by a man in an alley, who dismembers two of her fingers. After Loretta’s performance, Matt goes backstage to give her a birthday gift. However, he leaves when he sees Loretta’s roommate and fellow stripper, Leila, flirting with her. After, he tells Nicky that he wants to rekindle his romance with Loretta. When Nicky learns that Honey was attacked, he and Matt visit the injured girl at the hospital. Honey tells them she did not see her attacker. Matt is later interrogated by detective Al Wheeler, who falsely assumes Matt is involved in illegal activities, thus perpetuating the attack. Sometime later, Matt drives Loretta home, and she expresses how much she used to love him. Meanwhile, Leila is attacked in a subway station, and her face is slashed. The attacker then writes a detailed account of the stabbing in his journal. At the hospital, a doctor tells Nicky and Matt that Leila is lucky to be alive, and the attacker meant to cause both victims a slow death, based on the location of their stab wounds. Terrified dancers begin canceling their performances, and Matt and Nicky wonder if they are being targeted. Matt remembers his former profession as a boxer; he put a competitor into a coma, and the man later died. In time, Matt approaches fellow talent agent, Lou Goldstein, ... +


In a New York City club of erotic dancers, Matt Rossi and Nicky Piacenza, owners of the Starlite Talent Agency, collect their weekly commission from the establishment’s owner, Mike. While Matt’s former girl friend, Loretta, performs onstage, another dancer, Honey, is attacked and stabbed by a man in an alley, who dismembers two of her fingers. After Loretta’s performance, Matt goes backstage to give her a birthday gift. However, he leaves when he sees Loretta’s roommate and fellow stripper, Leila, flirting with her. After, he tells Nicky that he wants to rekindle his romance with Loretta. When Nicky learns that Honey was attacked, he and Matt visit the injured girl at the hospital. Honey tells them she did not see her attacker. Matt is later interrogated by detective Al Wheeler, who falsely assumes Matt is involved in illegal activities, thus perpetuating the attack. Sometime later, Matt drives Loretta home, and she expresses how much she used to love him. Meanwhile, Leila is attacked in a subway station, and her face is slashed. The attacker then writes a detailed account of the stabbing in his journal. At the hospital, a doctor tells Nicky and Matt that Leila is lucky to be alive, and the attacker meant to cause both victims a slow death, based on the location of their stab wounds. Terrified dancers begin canceling their performances, and Matt and Nicky wonder if they are being targeted. Matt remembers his former profession as a boxer; he put a competitor into a coma, and the man later died. In time, Matt approaches fellow talent agent, Lou Goldstein, and asks if he is behind the attacks. Goldstein claims to be a businessman and not a gangster. After, Detective Wheeler concludes that the attacks may not be directed at the talent agents. Matt finally gives Loretta her birthday present, expresses his love for her, and they later make love at her apartment. Elsewhere, a third dancer named Silver Chavez is stabbed, and dies from her injuries. The media begins to call the attacker the “New York Knifer.” Later, Loretta visits Leila in the hospital, and sees her friend die from her injuries. Distraught over the tragedy, Loretta begins using heroin again after years of sobriety, and begins missing work. Sometime late, one of Goldstein’s dancers is killed, and he and Matt work together to protect their girls and track down the killer. At a club, Nicky sees a man with a knife in his pocket, and, thinking he is the attacker, lures him into a kitchen, where a fight ensues. Matt joins the brawl, using his boxing expertise. In the midst of the fight, Nicky riffles through the man’s wallet and discovers he has only just arrived in New York City, and cannot be the killer. When Matt goes to Loretta’s apartment she is too drugged to answer the door. Matt continues to be haunted by causing the death of his opponent in a boxing match. In time, another dancer is murdered, and Matt is arrested for assaulting the man at the strip club. One night, as Nicky picks up his dancer girl friend, Ruby, from work, he witnesses her being attacked. Nicky saves Ruby and fights the man on the street, but the attacker is skilled in martial arts, and beats Nicky before fleeing. Elsewhere, Matt is interrogated at the police station by Wheeler and put in jail. When he is released on bail, Matt learns that Nicky is in the hospital, suffering internal bleeding in a coma. Matt later visits a Mafia leader friend named Carmine who advises Matt to find the attacker and kill him. Meanwhile, Nicky slowly recovers, and Loretta’s drug use continues. When Loretta asks Ruby for money, Ruby gives her cab fare, and directs her to go straight home. However, Loretta takes the money to her drug dealer, Jorge, where she discovers his body hanging in an alley. The attacker, laying in wait, stabs Loretta in the leg before Matt arrives, and a fight ensues. Loretta goes for help as Matt takes several hits. When Matt exercises his boxing skills, he defeats the attacker. Police officers arrive to discover that Matt has beaten the man to death. Wheeler acknowledges Matt’s heroism, and sends him home with Loretta. +

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