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Rita La Punta
Richard Ulacia ...
Thiago
Linda Kerridge ...
Carol
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Toni
Angel David ...
Juan the Bullet
Ulrich Berr ...
The German
Rodney Harvey ...
Jose
Álvaro Rodriguez ...
Herman
William Rodriguez ...
Carlos
Eduardo González ...
Jajo
Steven Garcia ...
Pedro
Edwina Ebron ...
Hooker
Andres Castillo ...
Macetero
Peter Cruz ...
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Brazilian drug dealers in the lower east side of Manhattan start a war with a rival gang of Latino drug dealers. Their soldiers are Latino kids all under 17 because, as Rita La Punta says, "They can kill and not go to jail." The war escalates to include their German heroin supplier, his sexy English girl friend, a Puerto Rican ex-cop, and the Japanese police captain. This movie is about racism, police corruption, junkies and drug dealing. There is plenty of killing and even a visit to a store dedicated to the Latino pop group "Menudo." Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Drugs. Sex. Murder. All in a day's work for the kids of "Alphabet City".

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Clotting factor needed!
29 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I adore the music of Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon; love salsa dancing; and after 33 years in NYC, anything about my now ex-home. So when Turner Classic Movies ran this flick, I DVR'd it eagerly. Glancing over the preceding reviews, I imagine that Paul Morrissey has numerous articulate and devoted friends -- or maybe since moving out of the city, I have lost my sense of humor. About the only thing I like in this movie is the music, and its nod to the competition between Puerto Rican Fania salsa and Domincan merengue, a battle to the death that merengue won.

It's not my goal to hurt anyone's feelings, so all I'll say is that the actors could have benefited from -- direction -- and maybe a few acting lessons?


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