Plot: The tawdriest streets in Tinsel Town provide the setting for this sleazy comedy anthology, a take-off on Vice Squad. In one tale, a mother (Trish Van DeVere) heads for Hollywood to search for her runaway daughter Lori (Robin Wright), who unfortunately has become a heroin-addicted hooker working for a ruthless pimp (Frank Gorshin). In another tale, a greenhorn cop (Carrie Fisher) fights to put the kiddie porn studio she discovers in her own neighborhood out of business. In the final tale, a Big Apple gangster tries to get involved in a new racket.
Director: Penelope Spheeris
Writing Credits: James J. Docherty
Cast: Ronny Cox, Frank Gorshin, Leon Isaac Kennedy, Trish Van Devere, Carrie Fisher, Evan C. Kim, Joey Travolta, H.B. Haggerty, Cec Verrell, Tom Everett, Emilia Crow and Robin Wright.
Genre: Action – Comedy
USA Release Date: 28 February 1986
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Filming Dates: March-April 1985
MPAA rating: R (under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian)
Runtime: 101 min
-During the opening credits we’re informed, “The Hollywood Vice Squad is one of the most unusual police organizations in the country. The stories you’re about to see are based on actual cases.”
Robin Wright as Lori Stanton:
Some people are wrong when they say Robin Wright debuted in cinemas in 1987 with the movie ‘The Princess Bride’ because this supporting role as a runaway teenage girl, who gets caught in the world of pornography and prostitution, is the first feature film of Robin Wright.
Wright’s billing in ‘Hollywood Vice Squad’ is “Introducing Robin Wright”, the same that was used in ‘The Princess Bride’.
In an interview from 1993 Robin talked about this: “I didn’t know anything about the business. I thought ‘Hollywood Vice Squad’ was an escape from the soap and so far for me to play a teenage hooker. But then I did ‘The Princess Bride’ and everyone thought it was my first thing. And I didn’t want to go: “well, I did a semi porn before that”. But I had my principles even then. I would not take my clothes off in ‘Hollywood Vice Squad’. There was a fight. I ended up wearing lingerie.”