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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Filmed in the winter of 1990. 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: What you been doing? Fucking Shirley?
Dennis: Yes.
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Referenced in Cinefile: Made in the USA (1993) See more »


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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Low Budget Urban Cinema Series.
26 February 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991) was a great debut film for Matty Rich (who also co-stars as well). This low budget movie is about the poverty and desperate situation that people live in around the Redhook housing district. One person is a young man named Dennis, he's tired of seeing the effects of racism, drugs and poverty that plague his family and those around him. He decides to make some money fast so he could improve his family's current condition. His family is sadly affected as well. Pop's is under the strong influence of alcohol and his mother is the victim of his violent out bursts. The mother refuses to seek help or stand up to his physical and verbal abuse. When he's not tying one on, Pop's is a great guy. Can Dennis escape the depressing life of Redhook or will he become just another statistic?

Matty Rich made a strong showing with his hard hitting debut but suffered from the dreaded sophomore jinx. His next film The Inkwell wasn't bad but it couldn't stand up to his first. Maybe he'll come back into the mix and make another movie that'll be as great as Straight Out of Brooklyn. Don't give up Mr. Rich.

Highly recommended.

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