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Pretty Baby (5-Apr-1978)

Director: Louis Malle

Writers: Louis Malle; Polly Platt

Keywords: Drama, Prostitution, New Orleans

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Keith Carradine
8-Aug-1949   Thieves Like Us
Antonio Fargas
14-Aug-1946   Huggy Bear on Starsky and Hutch
Frances Faye
4-Nov-1912 8-Nov-1991 Out, Lesbian nightclub singer
Gerrit Graham
27-Nov-1949   Class Reunion
Susan Sarandon
4-Oct-1946   Louise in Thelma and Louise
Diana Scarwid
27-Aug-1955   Mommie Dearest
Brooke Shields
31-May-1965   Suddenly Susan
Barbara Steele
29-Dec-1937   Black Sunday


Review by anonymous (posted on 5-Jun-2006)

Truly, stunningly awful film on every possible level -- script, acting, directing, camera work, sound, lighting. There were a few normally somewhat competent actors (Sarandon, Carradine), but they seem so ashamed to be mouthing the beyond-banal, laughable dialogue that they appear to have been struck wooden-stiff with embarrasment. (For a similar phenomenon, see Nicholson in "Anger Management" -- phoning it in all the way to the bank. Hard to believe that Louis Malle, who has done fine work (Atlantic City), could have dashed off something so thorougly appalling. One cannot escape the suspicion that the entire reason the film was made was so Malle, or perhaps a deep-pockets producer, could have some time on the sound-stage with a fawn-like, naked Brooke Shields. I doubt this film could be made today, given the stringent "child pornography" standards promulgated during the Clinton years. The scene where Brookie essentially rapes a young pickaninny alone would get a novice filmmaker 10 years in the slammer - not to mention the scene where she is auctioned off to the highest bidder. In any case, it's so bad, it's not even a hoot to watch; it's just simply among the elite few very worst films I've ever seen.

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