Premiering in New York in 1996, FORTY-DEUCE appeared on the scene like a lost artifact from the pre-Disney-ized Times Square of another age. Paul Morrissey's drama about 42nd Street hustlers, pimps and johns is harsh, powerful, and fascinatingly stylized.
The story begins when a 12-year-old runaway boy dies of an overdose in a hotel bed. Feeling remorseful but frightened, the two young male prostitutes who procured the drugs for the boy, Ricky (Kevin Bacon) and Blow (Mark Keyloun), devise a blackmail scheme with the help of their pimp, Augie
(Harris Laskowy). Their plan is to get their wealthy, middle-aged john, Mr. Roper (Orson Bean), so stoned on marijuana lat...