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

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Ramon
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Preppie
John McCurry ...
Junkie / Guard #1
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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.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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1 February 1985 (West Germany)  »

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Shot in 20 nights. See more »

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(at around 1h 19 mins) Shadow of camera visible. See more »

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Lady Luck
Written by Nile Rodgers
Performed by Maura Moynihan
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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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