R | | Drama
A teenage girl lives as a prostitute in New Orleans in 1917.
Unknown at the time, Mel Gibson auditioned for the role of Bellocq. But was turned down because of his Australian accent.
Sold to the man with the four hundred dollars cash.
Frieda: Do not give him any argument.
Violet's First Customer: Do you want some whiskey?
Violet's First Customer: Well, Jesus, I didn't mean the whole damn thing.
Violet: I'm glad it's you.
Violet's First Customer: Why are you glad it's me?
Violet: Well, you look nice, and you have a nice chest....
In one scene, Violet holds a plastic doll as opposed to a composite one. Plastic dolls weren't available until the late 1940s.
The closing credits include a card that states, "With our gratitude for the priceless music of FERDINAND "JELLY ROLL" MORTON."
Against his own wishes UK censor James Ferman was forced to make minor edits to the original cinema version under the 1978 Protection of Children Act, and pubic hair was optically airbrushed onto a scene where Brooke Shields is sitting with her legs slightly spread so that 'the actual cleft was not visible'. A further cut was also made to remove a very brief shot of her standing up in a bath. The edits were fully waived for the 1987 video release.