The Deuce

The Deuce

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2018
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Chronicles the rise of the porn industry that began in New York City in 1971-72, driven by the gradual legalization of porn and a politically motivated effort to 'clean up' Times Square. Over the course of eight episodes, viewers will get an up-close look at a gritty world of sex, crime, high times and sudden violence, as the porn business begins its climb to legitimacy, cultural permanence, and billion-dollar profitability.

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Miller1114
Jul 16, 2018

Gritty. Realistic. It reminded me of 42nd street before it was Disneyfied. Eagerly waiting for season 2.

If you like David Simon series like THE WIRE and TREME, you'll like THE DEUCE (slang for 42nd Street in Manhattan). It features pimps, wise guys, street walkers and cops. But what the show is really about is the last major cultural revolution in this country -- the massification of bohemia in the early 1970s when the courts began to look the other way on the old obscenity laws and freak culture went mainstream. James Franco is terrific as is Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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RoseFlorence
Mar 30, 2018

This quotation from another comment says it well: "'The Deuce' is a show about Times Square in the early 70s, when New York was so seedy there were two James Francos."

This film is just relentlessly raunchy, consisting of the depiction of endless repetitions of degenerate acts and non-stop exploitation of vulnerable, pathetic women. Whatever value it may have as a sociological document is lost in the morass of squalor and brutality. I expected better from a David Simon's project.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 11, 2018

"If you haven't seen it, 'The Deuce' is a show about Times Square in the early 70s, when New York was so seedy there were two James Francos."-Seth Meyers
I was skeptical about HBO's "The Deuce." An HBO show about porn and prostitution? Really? Hadn't they done enough shows with gratuitous nudity and sexual violence ("Sopranos," "Deadwood," "Game of Thrones")? But it was created by David Simon, who did "The Wire," one of my favorite shows ever, but, then again, his follow up "Treme" was brutally underwhelming. "The Deuce," which was a nickname for 42nd St., is both better and worse than I thought it would be. Like "The Wire" it deals with both the criminal and the law side and the city emerges as almost a character. James Franco plays two brothers and while he's not bad, he's still James Franco and you can't really forget it. Much better is Maggie Gyllenhaal as an independent-minded prostitute branching out into films. You'll also recognize lots of actors from "The Wire," including Method Man and Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. At the end of season one, you're left with a lot of potential thread and story arcs, so I remain guardedly optimistic. The opening credits make good use of Curtis Mayfield's "If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go."

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