Street Smart (film)

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Street Smart
Street smart poster.jpg
Directed by Jerry Schatzberg
Produced by Yoram Globus
Menahem Golan
Written by David Freeman
Starring Christopher Reeve
Morgan Freeman
Kathy Baker
Mimi Rogers
Andre Gregory
Music by Robert Irving III
Cinematography Adam Holender
Edited by Priscilla Nedd
Distributed by Cannon Group
Release dates
March 20, 1987
Running time
97 minutes
Budget $6 million
Box office $1,119,112

Street Smart is a 1987 American film directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Christopher Reeve, Morgan Freeman and Kathy Baker.[1] It was shot in New York City and Montreal, Quebec.


Magazine reporter Jonathan Fisher (Christopher Reeve), in danger of losing his job, promises to write a hard-hitting story on prostitution. When no one on the street will talk to him, he fabricates a story of a pimp that's so well-received it puts his career back on track. But Police and a district attorney think the story is of a real-life pimp who is wanted for murder and start pressuring him to reveal the identity of the subject of his story. Fast Black (Morgan Freeman), the pimp and police suspect, also thinks the story is about himself, and wants to know what Jonathan knows, and who told him. From there a battle of wits and wills ensues between Jonathan and Fast Black, in addition to Jonathan becoming involved with one of the pimp's call girls, Punchy (Kathy Baker).



The movie gained positive reviews.[2][3][4][5] It currently holds a 69% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Background and reviews[edit]

  • This was a long time pet project of Christopher Reeve, but he was having difficulty getting the film financed. When the Cannon Group acquired the rights to the fourth and final Superman film, Reeve agreed to do the film partly because Cannon promised to give Street Smart the financial backing it needed. The film received excellent reviews but performed poorly at the box office, primarily attributed to Cannon Films' failure to properly market the theatrical release.[6]


  1. ^ "And Now . . . Mighty 'Superman Iv' To The Rescue - Page 2 - Los Angeles Times". 1987-07-27. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  2. ^ "Film: Christopher Reeve Stars In 'Street Smart' - New York Times". 1987-03-27. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (1987-03-27). "Movie Review - Street Smart - FILM: CHRISTOPHER REEVE STARS IN 'STREET SMART' -". Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (2013-09-20). "Street Smart Movie Review & Film Summary (1987)". Roger Ebert. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Movie Review : The Word On The 'Street' Is Smart - Los Angeles Times". 1987-03-20. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  6. ^ Reeve, Christopher (1998), pp 221-224, 228

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