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Need (2005)

95 min | Drama

NEED is film #6 in the nine film 9@ Night cycle. A cinema portrait of 40-50 inner city characters living in the San Francisco Tenderloin circa 2001-2005 cast from the Tenderloin yGroup Actor's Ensemble. NEED goes into the shady alleys and ...See moreNEED is film #6 in the nine film 9@ Night cycle. A cinema portrait of 40-50 inner city characters living in the San Francisco Tenderloin circa 2001-2005 cast from the Tenderloin yGroup Actor's Ensemble. NEED goes into the shady alleys and smoky bars explored in many films with "noir" pedigree and genre intentions but takes a different tack. It tries to avoid the stereotypes of underworld life and the conventions of crime shows and detective series. Instead of "satin sheets, satin pillows" fatalism. it depicts the fragile friendships, the familial struggles, the competition as well as the solidarity between four women who work in the sex business in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. It is also a personal look at four distinct people and the people they love, deceive, endure and seek to know. Petite struggles to hold onto her relationship with Tyrone, a pool hustler, while Jane works as a stripper in the Gold Club. Lou, Jane's mother and a heroin addict, is a renegade aging prostitute who works the streets and bars in defiance of the pimps. Francesca manages an escort service and does phone sex. The film concentrates on the shared experiences which hold these women together and the strains of the business which threaten their friendship. In a profession which thrives on fantasy and martyrdom they struggle to hold onto their reasons for caring for each other. Written by Rob Nilsson, Director See less
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Aug 28, 2008 (United States)

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Diane Gaidry
Petite Petite   See fewer
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Mira Larkin
Francesca (as Gabriela Maltz Larkin) Francesca (as Gabriela Maltz Larkin)   See fewer
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David Fine
Salowitz Salowitz   See fewer
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Vernon Madeiros
Blackie Blackie   See fewer
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Johnny Holiday
Homeless Man Homeless Man   See fewer
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Irit Levi
Homeless Woman Homeless Woman   See fewer
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Dean Adams
Henry Henry   See fewer
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Maria Mastroyannis
Maple (as Maria Mastroyannis-Zaft) Maple (as Maria Mastroyannis-Zaft)   See fewer
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Teddy Weiler
Phil Berkowitz Phil Berkowitz   See fewer
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Armand Blasi
Thomas Ethan Lovell Thomas Ethan Lovell   See fewer
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Jerome B. Sims
Fireman 1 Fireman 1   See fewer
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Joe Buono
Fireman 2 Fireman 2   See fewer
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Dave Dumanis
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Pat Wallace
Security Guard Security Guard   See fewer
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Constance Taylor
Hooker 1 Hooker 1   See fewer
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Jessica Levai
Hooker 2 Hooker 2   See fewer
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Emily Sims
Cindy Cindy   See fewer
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Rob Nilsson
Photographer Photographer   See fewer
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Crister De Leon
Gang Guy 1 (as Christer de Leon) Gang Guy 1 (as Christer de Leon)   See fewer
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Juan Sandoval
Gang Guy 2 Gang Guy 2   See fewer
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Devin Qualls
Gang Guy 3 Gang Guy 3   See fewer
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Brian Danker
Bridge Guard Bridge Guard   See fewer
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Billy Aguero
Golfer Golfer   See fewer
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Liz Harris
Candy Candy   See fewer
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John Hunsaker
Chuckles Chuckles   See fewer
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Chris Kaikinger
Junkie 1 Junkie 1   See fewer
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Kevin Woodruff
Little F Little F   See fewer
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Dennis Somera
Junkie 2 Junkie 2   See fewer
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Kirsten Long
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7.5 / 10 | 13 votes