Hardcore is a 1979 American neo-noir thriller crime-drama film written and directed by Paul Schrader and starring George C. Scott, Peter Boyle, Season Hubley, and Dick Sargent. Its plot follows a conservative Midwestern businessman whose teenage daughter goes missing in California. With the help of a prostitute, his search leads him into the illicit subculture of pornography and, later, snuff films.
In November 1977 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 teenaged girl, Kristen, who inexplicably disappears when she goes on a church-sponsored trip to Bellflower, California. With the help of his brother-in-law, Wes, Van Dorn hires Andy Mast, an eccentric private investigator in Los Angeles, to locate Kristen.
|contentLocation||California Michigan San Francisco|
|genre||crime drama thriller western|
|keywords||8 mm 8 mm film arrest black market bondage calvinism calvinist emotionally distant fetish club fetish house film force horrify kidnap los angeles free press los angeles police department meet mexico motel room nightclub peep show police custody police department porn actor porn actress private investigator prostitute prostitution return home sadomasochism sadomasochistic sex shop sex show sex work single parent slash snuff film stab stag film uneasy alliance|
|recordedAt||Los Angeles San Diego San Francisco|
|theme||missing people neo-noir religion snuff|