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Streets is a 1990 American dramatic film directed by Katt Shea and starring Christina Applegate and David Mendenhall.[2]

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Directed byKatt Shea
Produced byRoger Corman
Andy Ruben
Written byAndy Ruben
Katt Shea
StarringChristina Applegate
David Mendenhall
Eb Lottimer
Music byAaron Davis
CinematographyPhedon Papamichael
Edited byGina Mittelman
Distributed byConcorde Pictures
Release date
  • January 19, 1990 (1990-01-19)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,510,053 (US)[1]



Dawn, a drug-addicted teen prostitute living on the streets of Los Angeles, and Sy, a teenager with dreams of becoming a rock star, become friends after Sy rescues Dawn from a violent john. Dawn takes Sy under her wing and gives him a guided tour of the seedy underworld of Hollywood.[3]


Katt Shea later recalled:

That was me just exploring the underside…I tend to really like to explore people I don’t know and so I started doing research on the streets and talking to people who lived on the streets. I did a lot of research and they thought I was a homeless person and I hung out with the kids and stuff and then wrote from that research. I knew a girl who was a heroin addict that we based "Dawn" on her. She lived on the street or sometimes she lived with a very rich boyfriend, which was very very strange.[4]

Streets led to Shea being offered to direct the film Poison Ivy.[5]

Home mediaEdit

Streets was released on VHS in mid 1990 through MGM/UA Home Entertainment.[6] A double feature DVD edition was released in 2011 as part of the Roger Corman's Cult Classics collection, through Shout! Factory.[7]


  1. ^ Streets at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ New York Times
  3. ^ New York Times
  4. ^ "Director Katt Shea talks about her 1980's Roger Corman produced films" TV Store Online 3 Feb 2015 accessed 21 April 2015
  5. ^ How 'Poison Ivy' Got Its Sting: The studio wanted a teen-age 'Fatal Attraction.' Katt Shea's movie may be more than that. 'Poison Ivy': Art or Exploitation? By LAURIE HALPERN BENENSON. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 03 May 1992: 70.
  6. ^ Streets (VHS). ASIN 630197672X.CS1 maint: ASIN uses ISBN (link)
  7. ^ "Roger Corman's Cult Classics". Shout! Factory. Archived from the original on 2010-04-11. Retrieved 2011-03-28.

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