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Boardwalk (1979)

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In this drama, David Rosen and his wife Becky have lived in the same Coney Island neighborhood for nearly all their married life. But the area is not what it used to be, and a gang leader ... See full summary »

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David Rosen
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Florence Cohen
Joe Silver ...
Leo Rosen
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Eli Rosen
Merwin Goldsmith ...
Charley
Michael Ayr ...
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Marilyn
Chevi Colton ...
Vera Rosen
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Betty Rosen
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Friedman
Rashel Novikoff ...
Sadie
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Strut
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Peppy
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In this drama, David Rosen and his wife Becky have lived in the same Coney Island neighborhood for nearly all their married life. But the area is not what it used to be, and a gang leader named Strut has decided to make Coney Island his new turf. Strut begins shaking down the merchants in the area, demanding payment for "protection" and using violence to deal with anyone who gets in his way. David refuses to give Strut protection money for the restaurant he owns, and as a result his diner is soon firebombed, while many of his neighbors are attacked and his synagogue is desecrated. Written by alfiehitchie

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The next time someone tells you to act your age---tell them about these two.

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14 November 1979 (USA)  »

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Flores e Espinhos  »

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Never Felt So Right
Written by Susan Collins, R. Berardi, M. Berardi
published by April Blackwood Music/Chappell Music
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Drably 'realistic' comment on today's society...
23 September 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Stephen Verona co-wrote and directed this story about an elderly married couple living in a decaying New York neighborhood near Coney Island who refuse to relocate despite escalating crime and racial tensions. Low-budget film from I.T.C. doesn't have an exploitation gimmick (on the level of, say, "Death Wish") to lean on, therefore it didn't reach many audiences. Both Lee Strasberg and Ruth Gordon do first-rate work, but the glumness of the concept and Verona's need for his slim plot to come full circle to make a point results in a very depressing experience. Janet Leigh has a smaller role as the couple's daughter, and her eagerness with this dramatic material is heightened by Verona's unsubtle handling (it isn't one of her better performances). The picture stays in the mind through a few pointed scenes and images, but "Boardwalk" is too static to make a greater impact. *1/2 from ****


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