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 overview, first billed only:
Ray Brown
Ann D. Sanders ...
Frankie Brown
Dennis Brown (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Barbara Sanon ...
Carolyn Brown
Reana E. Drummond ...
Matty Rich ...
Mark Malone ...
Ali A. Wahhab ...
Luther (as Ali Shahid Abdul Wahhab)
Joseph A. Thomas ...
James McFadden ...
Dorise Black ...
Ms. Walker
Robert N. Nash ...
Fran Sperling ...
Billy R. ...
Gas Station Customer
Joseph Pampillonia ...
Gas Station Manager (as Joseph Pillonia)


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 »




Release Date:

June 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egyenesen Brooklynból  »

Box Office


$450,000 (estimated)


$2,712,293 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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To raise financing for his film, Matty Rich went on a local radio station in Brooklyn, asking for pledges. The next day about 50 people showed up and he raised $77,000 in the space of 20 minutes. See more »


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 »


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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Take Some Time Out
Sung by Shirley Matthews
Written by Harold Wheeler
Trumpet Solo by Virgil Jones
Published by Hammer Hands (ASCAP)
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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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