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Boardwalk (1979)

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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Eli Rosen
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Vera Rosen
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Betty Rosen
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Friedman
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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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True Confessions
Written by Peter Collins (as P. Collins) and Christopher Sandford (as C. Sanford)
published by Camex Music Inc.
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5 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first, last, and only time that I ever saw "Boardwalk" was on cable back in 1990 when I was staying in a hotel in Santa Monica, California, looking for a new place to live after I had received my transfer orders from my employer to relocate from New York City to California. I was able to relate to this movie, because I had gone through some of the horrendous experiences during the 4 years I had lived in New York City that the elderly people did in this movie. What was so noteworthy about this film is that it did not sensationalize on urban violence the way that other movies set in the Big Apple had done in recent years. It told the God's honest truth about living in a neighborhood in New York City that once was nice and was now gradually going to Hell in a handbag; as in here is New York, either take it or leave it and leave New York. In watching this movie, I found it admirable that no matter how rough things got, Lee Strasberg and Ruth Gordon stood up to the local thugs and refused to leave their Brooklyn neighborhood and everything else that they had worked so hard for behind. I also liked seeing Ruth Gordon play a good person for a change after having seen her play a creepy, sinister role in "Rosemary's Baby" back in 1968. I was a naive Southern boy from Virginia when I moved to New York City back in 1986, only 7 years after this movie was released, and I never realized back then how much of a shock I was in for. Therefore, I would recommend anyone who is contemplating moving to New York City and has never lived in a big city before to see this movie. Don't get me wrong. New York City had its rewarding moments for me when I lived there, but I wish I had been a lot more streetwise than I was before I moved there. People who think that New York City is this flashy, exciting place where one finds overnight success and grandeur to the extent that they wish to move there will have a much different outlook on it once they have seen this movie. By no standards was this movie politically incorrect about minorities. In fact, there was even a scene in it in which Lee Strasberg defends an African-American married couple next door against his daughter's racist remarks, because even though this married couple had recently moved from the ghetto into Lee Strasberg's neighborhood, they had already showed themselves to be decent, honest, law-abiding citizens who were willing to play by the rules to better themselves socially and economically. They even go as far as providing first aid to Lee Strasberg after he gets into a violent confrontation with local thugs who are terrorizing the community. This movie is a must-see.


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