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Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)

R | | Drama | 4 May 1990 (USA)
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.

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Mary Black
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Storyline

Taken from Hubert Selby, Jr.'s controversial novel. A gallery of characters in Brooklyn in the 1950s are crushed by their surroundings and selves: a union strike leader discovers he is gay; a prostitute falls in love with one of her clients; a family cannot cope with the fact that their daughter is illegitimately pregnant. Written by Serdar Yegulalp <syegul@ix.netcom.com>

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The Novel That Shocked The World Is Now A Movie.

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Drama

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4 May 1990 (USA)  »

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A Última Saída para Brooklyn  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$186,489, 6 May 1990, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,730,005
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to show-business trade-paper 'Variety', the picture was "a $16 million Stateside-lensed production of 'Hubert Selby Jr''s controversial 1964 novel". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Madonna: Secret (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Harlem Nocturne
Written by Earle Hagen
Performed by Johnny Otis
Courtesy of S. J. Records
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a more violent time
16 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Having been born in NYC during the late fifties it was important for me to read, see and finally own Last Exit To Brooklyn. Our household was always a violent and unhappy one. None of us lived in the streets like the characters in the film but the violence from there was definitely reflected in our day to day life. Heartwrenchingly faithful to the mood and sentiment of Hubert Selby's important novel I am continuously surprised at how films like this are overlooked in a larger, classic sense. This is not a pleasant film. The German direction and influence put me in mind of Fassbiner's Berlin Alexanderplatz. There was a similar grotesque as well as aesthetic beauty that I found to be very compelling. Most of all, however, I was remarkably impressed by Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance. She gave us the flip side of Marylin Monroe, the antithesis if you will. I'm pretty sure that she has not, as yet, received Oscar recognition and am puzzled how her performance in Last Exit did not get her a nod. This film come highly recommended.


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