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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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  (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

Kevin Ash ... Bill's Buddy (uncredited)
Steve Baker ... Dean (2nd rapest) (uncredited)
Mario Biazzo ... Soldier in Bar (uncredited)
Edward Burke ... Soldier (uncredited)
David Giardina ... Extra (uncredited)

John Hayden ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Frank Laurents ... Soldier (uncredited)

Elisa London ... Wedding Guest (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
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
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: a camera
James B. Walsh .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aryn Chapman .... set costumer
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
Anthony D'Esposito .... production assistant
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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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Inspired, epic vision of a dark world is an unacknowledged classic, 29 May 2001
Author: Mattydee74 from Sydney, Australia

I remember my intense eagerness to see this film. I wasn't entirely sure why at the time but when I finally saw it in 1990 I was devastated and soon addicted to this sad tale of city life spiralling out of control. Its a film with an epic quality and a grand, sweeping style that turns the city scape into a character in itself. This was Uli Edel's (as he was then known) classic and it remains a remarkably strong film. Its not pretty and doesn't hold back in revealing the light and dark of its characters. Brutal it may be, but there is something vital and alive seething in this movie with anger and pain. Its source is Hubert Selby Jr's novel. I believe its a superior adaptation.

The film is based around a union strike which threatens to cripple the city of Brooklyn in the 1950s. The film focuses several characters; Harry, the troubled union leader struggling to come to terms with his desires for other men and his gender-bending lover against the anger, aggression and hypocrisy of the era; a woman, TraLaLa, who sells her body for money but finds herself committing the ultimate crime of her profession by falling for a client - an army man destined to hurt her; a family with a daughter pregnant out of wedlock; a gang of aimless young men hungry for trouble; and a young teen looking for love in TraLaLa.

Its a film full of fascinating performances which reinforce the greatness of this film. Jennifer Jason Leigh burst into the spotlight with her startling performance as TraLaLa. She embodies the role with unceasing honesty and vigour. It is her late scenes in the film which rip at the heart, especially when she finds compassion in an unlikely source at the worst of moments. Her portrayal doesn't seek sympathy - on the contrary Jennifer Jason Leigh gets deep inside the cruel and manipulative character to reveal the hope beneath without a false note. Peter Dobson, Stephen Baldwin are a brilliant combination as the thugs and Alexis Arquette is remarkable as their taunted worshipper, Georgette. Ricki Lake, Sam Rockwell and Stephen lang also excel in a great ensemble film.

I can still picture vividly the majesty and intensity of the strike riot and the water spraying at the wire fence as strikers confront the police.

There are many great scenes such as this which combined with striking performances and an unflinching script and score make Last Exit to Brooklyn a modern masterpiece. This is a highly underrated film, mainly because of the view that the subject matter is too seamy, grotesque and extreme. And there is no doubt this is a confronting, violent and provocative film experience. Unfortunately, because of this widely heralded view, many people are missing out on an unacknowledged classic. Don't miss out.

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