"Oh my God, it's my daughter!" wails George C. Scott in the most celebrated scene in HARDCORE, an inconsistent but challenging film from writer-director Paul Schrader (BLUE COLLAR, AMERICAN GIGOLO, CAT PEOPLE, MISHIMA).
Scott (in a performance that ranges from completely over-the-top to downright heartbreaking) plays Jake Van Dorn, a devoutly religious Calvinist from Grand Rapids, Michigan, whose teenaged daughter, Kristen (Davis), disappears during a church trip to California. Van Dorn ventures out to sinful
California to find his missing child. He hires sleazy private detective Andy Mast (Boyle) to look for her and then returns to his virtuous life back in Mic...