A New York City drug dealer decides to get out of the business, but has to flee from mobsters.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Winslow ...
Raymond Serra ...
Gino (as Ray Serra)
Kenny Marino ...
Christina Marie Denihan ...
Baby Renee
Bruno Damon ...
Mama's Friend
Richard Bassett ...
John McCurry ...
Junkie / Guard #1


A New York City drug dealer decides to get out of the business, but has to flee from mobsters.

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At 19, they gave him the streets. Tonight, they're going to take them back.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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26 November 1984 (Denmark)  »

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Shot in 20 nights. See more »


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An Underrated Underground Sleeper
24 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ultra-Low-Budget but done with a panache that is still somewhat beautiful today with its garish nightlife colors and an Artistic Flare that is rarely achieved in this type of Quickie. This is a Sleeper and is a fine example of what you can do with limited resources.

This has more appeal than a lot of Mainstream Movies with huge amounts of Money and very little Talent. The street scenes have a glamorous gritty look and remind one of a Comic Book or something out of the imagination.

This is an underrated, underground Film treat and could be defined as a Cult Movie that has yet to be acknowledged for what it is. A great looking, surreal, well-done take on a time of opulence and decadence, shown here as a picture postcard from a Twilight Zone. Nothing here is presented or meant to be realistic. It is a swath of decay presented as a twinkling other place that is as accessible as it is disturbing.

Kudos to all involved, especially the Cinematographer and the Art Designer. But it took a group effort to pull this one off and make it so much better, Artistically, because it hardly stood a chance and rose above its restraints and Money-Men meddling.

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