"The Deuce" - HBO Series with James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Tone, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Was pimps still hanging about 42nd Street in 1983?
  2. ex_mixer

    ex_mixer Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Yes! in fact after moving back to NYC in early '83 , I was not surprised to see the slimy and xxx Times Square of my youth was still intact.
  3. NickCarraway

    NickCarraway Forum Resident

    Gastonia, NC
    Only one song (a rap by Paris) was anachronistic. Pretty much everything else was '82-'84. However nothing (at least not in the premiere) by the Mount Rushmore of 80s pop (Michael, Prince, Bruce, Madonna).
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  4. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    Wasn't last years (Elvis) song a rerecording, at least of the vocals? They can afford to have Debbie go in and crank out another vocal version out if the tracks are all set. This is prestige TV, don'cha know.
  5. rednoise

    rednoise Forum Resident

    Not exactly. It was a remix of the original Elvis Costello recording with some of Elvis's lines replaced by some female singer.

    This new theme music sounded like a re-recording or alternate version. The music sounded different, but it sounded like Debbie Harry to me, maybe even the original vocal track. I need to hear it again to be more sure.
  6. jjhunsecker

    jjhunsecker Forum Resident

    New York city
    This was kind of the end of an era...you'd see an occassional hooker or pimp in Times Square, but most of the massage parlors were gone....

    Which leads to one of my questions about the show, in which I doubt a massage parlor (which were just pretty open , and were not private hidden spaces) would still be operational in the same location for over a decade (like on the show).

    Also, I wonder if ladies doing sex work like Lori and the other hooker that is now doing porno flicks for Franco's character would still look as good as they do after over a decade of that type of work. They would probably be more like Shay- completely wasted and worn out.

    Those are the only issues I had. Elsewise, I love this show.
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  7. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Wonder what Martin Scorsese thinks of the series?

    I would imagine S3 is the last.
  8. jjhunsecker

    jjhunsecker Forum Resident

    New York city
    Yep, this will be the last season, sadly.

    Interstingly, I thought the Scorsese produced series "Vinyl", also set in NYC in the 1970s, was just OK, and not nearly as good as "The Deuce"
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  9. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Vinyl was awful imo. MC ( S1 ~episode 1) Boardwalk Empire was excellent !!!!
  10. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    That 'Franco-on-Franco' kiss seemed pretty damn real to me!
  11. jjhunsecker

    jjhunsecker Forum Resident

    New York city
    That was pretty seemless how they interacted
  12. Chazro

    Chazro Forum Resident

    West Palm Bch, Fl.
    The fact that the music on the show's being discussed more than the plot says something! I felt that the reality of the Deuce was depicted somewhat softly in the past. But the 1st episode felt bleak and tired, EXACTLY how the principals should be feeling after dealing with one of the most infamous meat markets of all time! Gotta feeling everybody's not getting to the finale!;)

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