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Title:   Forty Deuce
Director:   Paul Morrissey
Year:   1982
Genre:   Filmed Play
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   05.01.22

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05.01.22Internet This once super-hard-to-find film about hustlers trying to extort a john by tricking him into messing around with a dead kid is now available on youtube. I watched it because it was largely filmed on location on 42nd street in the early eighties. It's very rough, with all the actors using a specific kind of slang mostly made up of slurs and they're either filming in real locations with sub-par sound or a single room set where they're often talking over each other. But you definitely feel the sleaze and desperation that is that life so in that regard it's very effective. The play that it's based on really comes out in the second half but the first is pretty good with tons of locations like the port authority and up and down the deuce from all angles. Superman 2 was playing, as well as Neighbors, Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams. The performances are generally good, both with a raw and young Kevin Bacon, Esai Morales, and the kid who plays Blow are all totally passable as street rat junkie hustlers. Objectively, it's not a very good movie, but it is an interesting artefact and both the movie and the play portray such a specific thing that it's cool that it exists.
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