Hardcore (1979)

“A lot of strange things happen in this world. Things you don’t know about in Grand Rapids. Things you don’t want to know about. Doors that shouldn’t be opened” – Andy Mast

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A Midwestern businessman gets involved in the seedy underground world of California when his only daughter disappears while on a trip out west.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard about until I saw it being compared to 8mm (1999) last year.

I finally decided to see what it was all about.

This was such a gripping and fascinating story that works really well especially since it goes to so many unexpected places along the way.

George C. Scott is superb in the lead role and makes his character so sympathetic largely due to the way that he plays him in a way that makes him constantly seem uncomfortable in every scene that he is in.

The lengths that this man is willing to go to in order to try and find his daughter is so emotional especially given the fact that he must travel to some very embarrassing and difficult places where he meets very dangerous people.

The supporting cats is also great and I loved watching both Dick Sargent (of Bewitched fame) and Peter Boyle (of Everybody Loves Raymond fame) since they each stand out here.

The characters are all developed quite well and we get to see how layered they all are because of the ways that they end up doing things in unexpected ways after having a change of heart along the way.

This film deals with some very dark and disturbing subjects yet never shys away from showing them as they truly are.

This enhances the story presented here and makes the movie even more enjoyable and realistic to watch unfold.

Bottom Line – Great story that works so well because it moves in directions that are not so expected.  Scott is superb in the title role and helps his character by making him seem uncomfortable in just about every scene. The length that this man goes to for his daughter despite the hardships and embarrassment along the way are felt throughout. The supporting cast is also great and Boyle and Sergeant both stand out here. The film doesn’t shy away from going to some very dark places along the way that help enhance the story and the way that things move along.  The characters are developed quite well and we get t see how layered they all are as things move along and they take actions in ways that are unexpected. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie was based on a real true life story. As a high school student, writer-director Paul Schrader had heard about a local teenage girl in Grand Rapids, Michigan who went missing and who eventually was found to have appeared in an adult movie. This local mini scandal organically evolved into the screenplay for this picture. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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2 thoughts on “Hardcore (1979)

  1. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1979 | MovieRob

  2. It’s common knowledge that George C. Scott and Paul Schrader did not get along during production, so much that at one point Scott refused to come out of his trailer and threatened to quit the film. Scott only agreed to come out after forcing Schrader to promise that he would never direct again (obviously, Schrader went back on his promise).


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