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Last Exit to Brooklyn
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Writers (WGA):
Hubert Selby Jr. (book)
Desmond Nakano (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 May 1990 (USA) See more »
The Novel That Shocked The World Is Now A Movie.
Set in Brooklyn during the 1950s against a backdrop of union corruption and violence. A prostitute falls in love with one of her customers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Violent slice-of-life that lingers in the memory See more (50 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stephen Lang ... Harry Black

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Tralala

Burt Young ... Big Joe

Peter Dobson ... Vinnie

Jerry Orbach ... Boyce

Stephen Baldwin ... Sal
Jason Andrews ... Tony

James Lorinz ... Freddy

Sam Rockwell ... Al

Maia Danziger ... Mary Black
Camille Saviola ... Ella

Ricki Lake ... Donna
Cameron Johann ... Spook

John Costelloe ... Tommy

Christopher Murney ... Paulie
Frank Acciarto ... Eddie
Lisa Passero ... Teresa
Mike Cicchetti ... Brickowski

Nicholas J. Giangiulio ... Stump

Alexis Arquette ... Georgette
Bernard Zette ... Regina (as Zette)
Robi Martin ... Goldie
Sarah Rose ... Rosie
Julian Alexon ... Camille
Robert Weil ... Alex

Mark Boone Junior ... Willie
Sylvie Spector ... Submarine Annie

Colleen Flynn ... Ruthie
Frank Military ... Steve

David Warshofsky ... Mike

Daniel O'Shea ... Bill

Daniel Beer ... Tral's Trick

Rutanya Alda ... Georgette's Mother
Al Shannon ... Arthur
Bruce Smolanoff ... Lost Soldier
James McDonald ... Lost Soldier
Andrew Van Dusen ... Lost Soldier

James Harper ... Cop
Ray Gill ... Dowland

Mike Starr ... Security Guard
Christopher Curry ... Riot Police Officer
Michael O'Hare ... Riot Police Officer
Bob Martana ... Truck Driver

Joseph Carberry ... Uptown Bartender
John Michael Bennett ... Uptown Doggie

Bill Mondy ... Uptown Doggie

Frank Vincent ... Priest
Brent Katz ... Bobby
Marc Ryan ... Jack
Rob Kramer ... Fred
Hubert Selby Jr. ... Car Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Peter Austin Noto ... A Union Leader
Steve Baker ... Dean (2nd rapest) (uncredited)
Mario Biazzo ... Soldier in Bar (uncredited)
David Giardina ... Extra (uncredited)

John Hayden ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Rick McKay ... Strike Leader (uncredited)

Burke Morgan ... Soldier Hustled in Bar (uncredited)
Nick Pernice ... Striking Dockworker (uncredited)

Mark Quiles ... Striking Dockworker (uncredited)

Jerry Rector ... Strike Worker (uncredited)
David Sherrick ... Military Officer (uncredited)
Stan Taffel ... Striking Worker (uncredited)

George-Michael Tucci ... Riot Police Officer (uncredited)

F.X. Vitolo ... Lou (uncredited)

Directed by
Uli Edel 
Writing credits
Hubert Selby Jr. (book)

Desmond Nakano (screenplay)

Produced by
G. Mac Brown .... line producer
Jake Eberts .... associate producer
Bernd Eichinger .... producer
Anna Gross .... associate producer
Dieter Meyer .... line producer
Herman Weigel .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mark Knopfler 
Cinematography by
Stefan Czapsky 
Film Editing by
Peter Przygodda 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Jeffery Passero 
Production Design by
David Chapman 
Art Direction by
Mark Haack 
Set Decoration by
Leslie A. Pope 
Costume Design by
Carol Oditz 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Bihr .... makeup department head (as Katie Bihr)
Michael Maddi .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Rolf M. Degener .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Glen Trotiner .... second assistant director
Art Department
David H. Allen .... assistant property master
Tommy Allen .... property master
Jeff Balsmeyer .... storyboard artist
Bruce Lee Gross .... lead man
Eric Matheson .... carpenter
John Merrick .... construction grip
John Ralbovsky .... scenic artist
Raymond M. Samitz .... construction coordinator
Patricia Walker .... charge scenic
Claudette Didul .... set decorating production assistant (uncredited)
Timothy Main .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Peter R. Adam .... sound effects editor
Danny Michael .... sound mixer
Ian Silvester .... technical engineer
Joan Cunningham .... stunts
Gene Harrison .... stunt double: Steven Baldwin
Tom Sierchio .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer
Philippe Carr-Forster .... camera operator: "a" camera
Anthony Dunne .... key grip
Morris Flam .... gaffer
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Kevin Murphy .... electrician
Claudia Raschke .... second assistant camera
David Satin .... video engineer
Gary Steele .... camera operator
Allen Stillman .... rigging gaffer
Zoran Veselic .... assistant camera
James B. Walsh .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Lax .... costume supervisor
Ellen Ryba .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jolie Gorchov .... assistant editor
Music Department
Guy Fletcher .... musician
Mark Knopfler .... musician
David Nolan .... musician: violin
Other crew
Stephan Beringer .... production assistant
Andrew D. Cooke .... location supervisor
Quincy Z. Gunderson .... location assistant
Tim Haslam .... worldwide sales
Rich Murray .... production assistant
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach
Timothy Klein .... Stand In: Steven Lang (uncredited)

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102 min
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Filmed in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn (2nd avenue at 58th street) during the summer of 1988. (from the director's commentary).See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Violent slice-of-life that lingers in the memory, 17 April 2003
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

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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