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Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)

R  |   |  Drama  |  4 May 1990 (USA)
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Set in Brooklyn during the 1950s against a backdrop of union corruption and violence. A prostitute falls in love with one of her customers. Also a disturbed man discovers that he is ... See full summary »

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Set in Brooklyn during the 1950s against a backdrop of union corruption and violence. A prostitute falls in love with one of her customers. Also a disturbed man discovers that he is homosexual. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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The Novel That Shocked The World Is Now A Movie.

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Patricia Arquette, who was originally cast in the lead role of Tralala, dropped out before the filming started when she discovered she was pregnant. in 2015, while a guest on "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," Arquette talked about why she dropped out and how difficult it was for her to make the decision to do so: "that character really goes through a lot of difficult things in that movie, and it was my first time having a baby. And I thought, I don't want to be pregnant and emotionally go through this woman's journey that's very violent at certain points with a baby inside me. And it was a very difficult moment where I sat with the producers, and they said, well, we think you could still shoot this while you're pregnant. I said, 'well, let me just walk around the block.' And I came back and I said, 'I can't do this movie 'cause I don't know how that will be for my baby.' And I didn't know if I would ever get another movie. And when I--right after I had him, I'd audition and I wasn't getting movies. And I remember walking into this restaurant on Sunset Boulevard and saying--you know, applying for a job as a waitress. And I said, 'look, I'm smart. I don't have a lot of experience. I like people, I'm nice to people, I learn fast and I have a baby to feed.' And they give me the job, and I was going to start on Wednesday. That Monday, I got a call that I got my first movie after my son." See more »

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Violent slice-of-life that lingers in the memory
17 April 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Working class life in 1950's Brooklyn is disrupted by a strike.

One of these films that seems about nothing in the explaining (the ups and downs of the roughhouse working-class), but is a very powerful piece in the watching and highly recommended.

The film reminded me of an X rated version of American Graffiti where people go about their ordinary lives, but somehow, we become fascinated. While actually shot in West German (when there was one) there are too many real NY character actors for us to notice.

There is fair amount of stupidity and leaching. The male hustler and the whore stick in your mind longer, but the working class morals of all the characters are well observed. Certain scenes actually play no real role in the plot, but add to the feel of time and place.

A lot of people will be shocked by this movie. It is brutally frank and at times violent, but it is never just put there for entertainment. This is an adult picture dealing with adult themes and adult lives. I found it quite hard to watch at times myself, but I think it is an important film and no insult to the classic Selby book which inspired it.


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