A middle-aged woman meets a strange man on the streets at night who shows her the remains of a leather jacket. He takes her back to Brooklyn of 1953, and tells her about Vinnie, his gang, the Stompers, his girl Roz, his friend Crazy Shapiro, and the all-out rumble with the black rival gang, the Chaplins. Written by
Ralph Bakshi, creator of "Fritz the Cat" and "Heavy Traffic" brings you the outrageous '50s the way they really were.
Did You Know?
Live-action footage was shot as part of Ralph Bakshi
's original vision to have the film be a combination of live-action and animated characters (like Who Framed Roger Rabbit
(1988)). The only animated characters were Vinnie, Rozzi, Crazy, and Eva. The rest of the cast were live action characters shot on live action sets. This version was finished in the late 1970s. When it was initially shown to Warner Brothers executives, they told Bakshi that they loved it. A week later, they told Bakshi that the idea of having live-action and animated characters in the same frame would never work, as it was too unbelievable. He was forced to throw out all the live action footage and reanimate it. Bakshi, having to pay himself, took five more years to complete it around other projects before its official release in 1982. See more
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