Hardcore is a 1979 American crime neo noir drama film written and directed by Paul Schrader and starring George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Ilah Davis and Season Hubley. The story concerns a father searching for his daughter, who has vanished only to appear in a pornographic film. Writer-director Schrader had previously written the screenplay for Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, and both films share a theme of exploring an unseen subculture.
Jake Van Dorn is a prosperous local businessman in Grand Rapids, Michigan who has strong Calvinist convictions. A single parent, Van Dorn is the father of a seemingly quiet, conservative teenage girl, Kristen, who inexplicably disappears when she goes on a church-sponsored trip to Bellflower, California. Andy Mast, a strange private investigator (PI) from Los Angeles, is then hired to find her, eventually turning up an 8mm stag film of Van Dorn's daughter with two young men.
|contentLocation||California Michigan San Francisco|
|keywords||8 mm film 8mm bondage calvinist emotionally distant film force free will grand rapids kidnap los angeles free press los angeles police department police department porn actress porn industry private investigator return home s & m sadomasochism sex show single parent snuff movie stag film teenage girl turn uneasy alliance upbringing|
|producer||Buzz Feitshans John Milius|
|recordedAt||Los Angeles San Diego San Francisco|
|theme||neo-noir noir pornographic snuff|