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Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)

 -  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

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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
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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:

Fugir de Brooklyn  »

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$450,000 (estimated)

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$2,712,293 (USA)
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Begun by director Matty Rich when he was only 17. See more »

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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: What you been doing? Fucking Shirley?
Dennis: Yes.
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Straight Out of Brooklyn (Hip-Hop)
Performed by The East New York Connection
Produced, Written, Arranged and Composed by Daddy-O
Additional Writers: M.C. Watchout / Rob n' the Rich / King Shabbaz
Production Consultant: Arthur Baker
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5 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The memorable debut feature by Matty Rich begins by asking the question: what do you know about being black? The answer is a familiar but powerful display of rage and desperation, set in the same, miserable Red Hook housing project where Rich himself grew up. It's a simple, straightforward film, surprisingly polished given the inexperience behind the camera (the entire cast and crew were hired through newspaper want ads), and remarkable because writer/director/producer Rich was only 19 years old when the film was released. His basic plot, about an angry teenager's reckless plan to escape the cycle of poverty by robbing a local drug lord, is direct and unambiguous, and the outline hasn't been embellished by any visual style. But the understated script and a talented cast transform what could have been a hopeless melodrama into a gripping, heartfelt tragedy (but not entirely grim: a measure of humor is provided by some inspired comic banter).

Postcript: at the time I thought the film might have trouble surviving the rush of 1991 summer blockbusters, but Matty Rich was a name to remember: he already showed more confidence and depth of feeling than many veteran directors. Sadly, that potential was never fulfilled: Rich would direct only one more feature before disappearing into undeserved obscurity.


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