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Pretty Baby (1978)

In 1917, in the red light district of Storyville, New Orleans, prostitute Hattie (Susan Sarandon) lives with her twelve-year-old daughter Violet (Brooke Shields) in the fancy brothel of Madame Nell, where she works.

Photographer Ernest J. Bellocq (Keith Carradine) is an habitué of the whorehouse and develops an attraction to Hattie and Violet.

One day, Madame Nell auctions Violet’s virginity and the winner pays the fortune of US$ 400 to spend the night with the girl.

prettybaby1978Then Hattie marries a wealthy client and moves to Saint Louis, leaving Violet in the brothel alone.

The controversial film’s most shocking moment was a nude scene of 12-year-old Shields, which was cut from many releases.

Violet
Brooke Shields
Bellocq
Keith Carradine
Hattie
Susan Sarandon
Nell
Frances Faye
Professor
Antonio Fargas
Red Top
Matthew Anton
Frieda
Diana Scarwid
Josephine
Barbara Steele
Flora
Seret Scott
Gussie
Cheryl Markowitz
Fanny
Susan Manskey
Agnes
Laura Zimmerman
Odette
Miz Mary
Highpockets
Gerrit Graham
Mama Mosebery
Mae Mercer
Alfred Fuller
Don Hood
Ola Mae
Pat Pierre Perkins
Nonny
Von Eric Thomas
Justine
Sasha Holliday
Antonia
Lisa Shames
Harry
Henry Braden
Violet’s First Customer
Don Lutenbacher

Director
Louis Malle