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Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)

R | | Crime, Drama | June 1991 (USA)
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A young man living in poverty makes a plan to rob a drug dealer and change the life of his family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ray Brown
Ann D. Sanders ...
Frankie Brown
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Dennis Brown (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Barbara Sanon ...
Carolyn Brown
Reana E. Drummond ...
Shirley
Matty Rich ...
Larry
Mark Malone ...
Kevin
Ali A. Wahhab ...
Luther (as Ali Shahid Abdul Wahhab)
Joseph A. Thomas ...
Saledene
James McFadden ...
James
Dorise Black ...
Ms. Walker
Robert N. Nash ...
Skeet
Fran Sperling ...
Sarah
Billy R. ...
Gas Station Customer
Joseph Pampillonia ...
Gas Station Manager (as Joseph Pillonia)
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A young man living in poverty makes a plan to rob a drug dealer and change the life of his family.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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June 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egyenesen Brooklynból  »

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$450,000 (estimated)

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$2,712,293 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in the winter of 1990. See more »

Goofs

Principal character's parents' argument clearly indicates that the film was "flipped" to achieve proper eye-line match. Unfortunately, a large wound on the mother's face (from earlier abuse) changes from one side of her face to the other. See more »

Quotes

Ray Brown: If I find out you've been doing anything in the street, I am going to kick your ass.
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Referenced in Cinefile: Made in the USA (1993) See more »

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Come Again
Performed by J.C. Lodge
Published by T-Boy Music/E. Sharp Publishing (ASCAP)
Produced by Errol O'Meally / J.C. Lodge
Written by Errol O'Meally / Carl Estick
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Powerful Performances, Realistic dialog, Looked Staged.
7 January 2006 | by (Chicago, IL, USA) – See all my reviews

I have seen at least 450 films from the "Urban" genre, and I have to say I am always perplexed by this film. If you are someone who is fussy about the aesthetics and the technical aspects of a film, you do not want to see this film. However, if you are looking for a film with strong performances by black actors, or a film with a look at life in the projects, this is the film for you. I think sometimes when we talk about project life we imagine a certain picture or image. This film deals a lot more with the mindsets of people in the projects. The most powerful performance is by George T. Odom, whose monologues and multi-personalities combine for a great example of a struggling black man. Larry Gillard Jr. is also in this film(the man who played D'Angelo Barksdale in HBO's The Wire) and he delivers a relatively impressive performance as a ordinary kid in the projects. Overall this is an impressive film with no budget. The one thing you need to be warned about is at times it is so low budget it will sometimes look as it was scenes from staged plays. I also wish the supporting cast was made up of better actors. I like this film, enough that i look at scenes from it once and a while when I myself am studying character archetypes.


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