- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 7, 2003
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Stereo Surround - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 03/27/1987
"...Compelling and complex....Strong performances from actors in difficult roles..."
Variety - 03/04/1987
"...Well-made....Potent scenes, particularly those involving Morgan Freeman, who turns in a strong and disturbing performance..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/20/1987
"...STREET SMART is loaded with surprises..."
Jerry Schatzberg's STREET SMART is a multi-layered story dealing with the politics of city life--on the streets, and in the office. Caught unprepared with a deadline he can't miss, moral-free Manhattan journalist Jonathan Fisher (Christopher Reeve) completely fabricates an article about "Tyrone," a successful pimp. The story becomes a sensation, and Jonathan is turned into a media star. But Jonathan's mendacity comes back to haunt him when a shrewd, vicious pimp named Fast Black (Morgan Freeman) wants to meet him, for "Tyrone's" tale resembles his own life a little too closely. Causing even greater trouble is the D.A.'s office, who wants to see Jonathan's notes (which don't exist), for evidence that could convict Fast Black of murder. As a result, Jonathan finds himself caught in a vicious cycle of lies that could easily end his career--and maybe his life.
As the film gains momentum, it splits into two stories: first, Reeve's transition into a highly popular television reporter; and second, Fast Black's relationship with Punchy (Kathy Baker), a veteran hooker who hasn't become completely hardened. These heated street scenes provide STREET SMART with its greatest energy, which is due in large part to the electrifying performances of Baker and Freeman (who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar).
- Theatrical release: March, 1987.
- Filmed on location in New York City and Montreal, Canada.
- Screenwriter David Freeman apparently wrote from experience, for he once fabricated an article for NEW YORK MAGAZINE.