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Review of "The
Deuce" 9/26/17 by
airs Sundays on HBO
This show takes place in Times Square, New York City,
back in the 70's. There were a lot of drugs and
prostitution in that area back then, before they cleaned it
up and made it a tourist place.
James Franco stars as twin brothers Frankie and Vincent
Martino. Vinnie just wants to make some money, but the drugs
and gangs keep him involved in the sordid life there. His
brother Frankie is a gambler, which also gets him in
trouble. They end up being fronts for the mob with their
bar. Pimps, hookers and mobsters are regular colorful
characters in this show. "Candy" (Maggie Gyllenhaal)
and others are hookers in the area that end up getting
involved in porn.
This is not really my type of show because it's just very
sleazy and depressing. The writing and acting are both
excellent. I do love Franco and also the writer, David
Simon, who wrote one of my favorite cop shows, "Homicide:
Life on the Street" as well as the acclaimed HBO show "The
Check it out if you care about high quality writing and
realism in TV.
Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon (The Wire)
and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, The
Deuce follows the story of the legalization and
subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times
Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring
the rough-and-tumble world at the pioneering moments of what
would become the billion-dollar American sex industry.
George Pelecanos, David Simon, James Franco and Nina K.
Noble executive produce.
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