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
Music by Robert Irving III
Cinematography Adam Holender
Edited by Priscilla Nedd
Distributed by Cannon Group
Release date
March 20, 1987
Running time
97 minutes
Budget $6 million
Box office $1,119,112

Street Smart is a 1987 American thriller-drama 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. However, the Police and the District Attorney think the story is of a real pimp who is wanted for murder and start pressuring him to reveal the identity of his subject. Fast Black (Morgan Freeman), a pimp and police suspect, also believes that the story is about him and wants to know who betrayed him to Jonathan. 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 film 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]
  • Morgan Freeman was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe (among other honors) for Best Supporting Actor for his role, giving his acting career a major boost. Despite appearing in The Electric Company during the 1970s, Freeman has considered Fast Black to be his true breakthrough role. He also considers the role to be his favorite Oscar-nominated performance.[7][8]
  • Miles Davis and Robert Irving III recorded the complete soundtrack.


  1. ^ Mills, Bart (1987-07-27). "And Now . . . Mighty 'Superman Iv' To The Rescue - Page 2 - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (1987-03-27). "Film: Christopher Reeve Stars In 'Street Smart' - New York Times". 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. ^ Benson, Sheila (1987-03-20). "Movie Review : The Word On The 'Street' Is Smart - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  6. ^ Reeve, Christopher (1998), pp 221-224, 228
  7. ^ Morgan Freeman talks 'Street Smart', winning an Oscar and reveals that acting isn't hard on YouTube
  8. ^ Morgan Freeman Talks About His Big Career Break on YouTube

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