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Fear City is a 1984 American action-thriller directed by Abel Ferrara. The lead roles are played by Billy Dee Williams and Tom Berenger.

Fear City
Film poster
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Produced by Bruce Cohn Curtis
Written by Nicholas St. John
Starring Tom Berenger
Billy Dee Williams
Jack Scalia
Melanie Griffith
Michael V. Gazzo
Cinematography James Lemmo
Edited by Jack W. Holmes
Anthony Redman
Distributed by Aquarius Releasing
Release date
  • July 18, 1984 (1984-07-18) (France)
  • February 16, 1985 (1985-02-16) (U.S.)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

In 2012 the film was released on Blu-ray by Shout! Factory.



A serial killer who is an expert at martial arts is preying on strippers in Manhattan's Times Square. Night after night, he visits smoky strip clubs, waiting for his victims. The owners of the largest company of strippers in the city are Matt Rossi (Berenger) and Nicky Parzeno (Scalia). Rossi is a retired boxer who retired after having killed an opponent in the ring. He is now seeing their whole business under threat, at the same time as he fears that the woman he loves might be the next victim.



  1. ^ Brad Stevens, Abel Ferrara:the moral vision, Fab Press, 2004, page 78

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