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A group of kids in Brooklyn form a gang. From this moment on they do everything together. This makes things easier but at the same time they have to face new problems.

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David 'Chico' Tyrell
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Butchey Weinstein
Paul Mace ...
Wimpy Murgalo
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Jane Bradshaw
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Frannie Malincanico
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Annie Yuckamanelli (as Reneé Paris)
Paul Jabara ...
Crazy Cohen
Bruce Reed ...
Mike Mambo
Frank Stiefel ...
Arnie Levine
Martin Davidson ...
Mr. Birnbaum
Joe Stern ...
Eddie
Ruth Klinger ...
Mrs. Tyrell
Joan Neuman ...
Miss Molina
Dolph Sweet ...
Mr. Rosiello
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A group of kids in Brooklyn form a gang. From this moment on they do everything together. This makes things easier but at the same time they have to face new problems. Written by Volker Boehm

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20 May 1975 (Sweden)  »

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$160,000 (estimated)
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Richard Gere was originally cast as Chico. According to Sylvester Stallone, he and Gere fought constantly including physically and he demanded Gere to be fired. See more »

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Shortly after leaving the jewelry store, some of the characters are standing in front of a shop with a magazine rack. Some of the magazine titles weren't available until the 1960s. The movie is set in the 1950s. See more »

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Annie Yuckamanelli: [after an embarassing makeout session] Oh Chico... you made a mess!
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Can You Believe You're In Love
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A mixed bag
4 March 2003 | by (New Jersey USA) – See all my reviews

If you grew up in this time and place, or a reasonable facsimile, you will understand and appreciate this little gem of a movie. If you didn't, you won't.

Those of us that did will instantly recognize the time, place and character types portrayed here.

Its strong points are its accurate capture of the milieu and the characters. In that case, the lack of character development is a positive part of the characters themselves, not a shortcoming. We know at the outset that most of them are not going to be able to break out from who or what they are, and the ones that survive Viet Nam will end up back in the neighborhood or a transplanted version of it. Even when one character recognizes his limited prospects, we're not really sure that he is going to be able to do anything about it. That's what gives the story line, such as it is, its bite.

On the other hand, the meandering plot and the technical shortcomings keep this film from achieving all that it could have. If the plot had come up to the standards of the characters and the period accuracy, and if just a little more attention had been paid to technique, this would have been a classic.

As it is, it's not quite there. But despite its shortcomings, it deserves a place among others of its type.


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