HIGH STAKES is built on three well-worn plot devices: the whore with a heart of gold; Scrooge sees the light; and boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. Oddly enough, writer-producer-director Amos Kollek makes the combination work reasonably well. Bambi Rose (Sally Kirkland) is a
sexy, albeit aging, New York prostitute who is at the mercy of Slim (Richard Lynch), a vicious racketeer pimp. John Stratton (Robert LuPone) is the unprincipled Wall Street financier whose fortunes become intertwined with Bambi's when a mugging leaves him at her doorstep. Together, John and Bambi
have more than their share of thrills after Bambi steals $4,000 from one of Slim's hen...