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Brooklyn's Finest (2009)

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Three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths.

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Sal
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Angela
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Red
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Ronny Rosario
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C-Rayz (as Wade Allain Marcus)
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Melvin Panton (as Logan Marshall Green)
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In Brooklyn, amid drug deals, violence, casual racism, poverty, housing projects, and corrupt cops, we follow three officers: Tango, African-American, working undercover, believing he's earned a promotion to a desk job but told he has to set up the bust of an ex-con who saved his life; Sal, who'll commit murder to get cash; and, Eddie, the precinct's oldest beat cop, a week to go before retirement, assigned to mentor an earnest rookie. Can this end well for any of the three? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This is War. This is Brooklyn. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for bloody violence throughout, strong sexuality, nudity, drug content and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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5 March 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los mejores de Brooklyn  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,471,932 (USA) (5 March 2010)

Gross:

$27,154,426 (USA) (14 May 2010)
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Writer Michael C. Martin was influenced by The Nights of Cabiria (1957), Umberto D. (1952) and Bicycle Thieves (1948) and the directors Vittorio De Sica and Jim Jarmusch when writing his screenplay. See more »

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When Tango is talking to the wounded thug that he shot in the street, the thug's pants change position between shots. See more »

Quotes

Det. Sal Procida: [in the confessional] I don't want God's forgiveness. I want his fuckin help!
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References The Yogi Bear Show (1961) See more »

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You Don't Know What You're Doing
(1974)
Written by Anton Scott
Performed by Sound Experience
Courtesy of Brookside Music Corp.
o/b/o Philly Grove Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Reid Whitelaw Productions
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Underrated by many but well worth a look (IMO)...
15 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

Very well made with that gritty feel to it that Antoine Fuqua is renowned for. A decent score by Marcelo Zarvos, interspersed with rap and other 'street' tunes sets the tone. All the performances were excellent; in particular Richard Gere as the world-weary Eddie, Don Cheadle as the street-wise Tango and Ethan Hawke as the up-tight Sal. Wesley Snipes did a great job too as Cal, as did Brían F. O'Byrne as Sal's partner, Ronnie Rosario. Also worthy of note were; Will Patton as Lt. Bill Hobarts, Michael Kenneth Williams as Red, Shannon Kane as Chantel and Ellen Barkin as Agent Smith. Oh, and look out for a nice little cameo from Vincent D'Onofrio as Carlo.

I must say that the critics must have had a bad day or something when they reviewed this one. I'm usually pretty much in agreement with them, but I think they missed a trick here. Yes, the three threads don't tie together in a neat bow but they're not supposed to; that's life, it doesn't always go the way you want it to (seldom does actually). The performances are great and there are some really superb visual moments too. I liked the plot, yes, maybe a little haphazard here and there, but not as bad as some would have you believe. For me, well worth a look… RECOMMENDED.

My Score 7.1/10

IMDb Score: 6.7/10 (based on 32,232 votes at the time of going to press).

MetaScore: 43/100: (Based on 33 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com at the time of going to press).

Rotten Tomatoes 'Tomatometer' Score: 42/100 (based on 140 reviews counted at the time of going to press).

Rotten Tomatoes 'Audience' Score: 47/100 'Liked It' (based on 98,882 user ratings counted at the time of going to press).

You can find an expanded version of this review on my blog: Thoughts of a SteelMonster.


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