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Brooklyn's Finest (2009)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  5 March 2010 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronny Rosario
C-Rayz (as Wade Allain Marcus)
Melvin Panton (as Logan Marshall Green)


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 to buy a house big enough for his family; 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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Rated R for bloody violence throughout, strong sexuality, nudity, drug content and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 March 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los mejores de Brooklyn  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£1,252,604 (UK) (2 July 2010)

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Ethan Hawke and Richard Gere only share one scene in the entire film. As indeed does Don Cheadle with Mr Gere. See more »


Tango talks about getting a speeding ticket from a state trooper on Brooklyn's Belt Parkway. But the Belt is normally patrolled by the NYPD Highway Patrol, a city force. See more »


Det. Sal Procida: What happened to the cops?
Carlo: Nothin. They were were right even though they were wrong. And I was wrong only *because* that I was right. Ya see? You get that now. You get that, right?
Det. Sal ProcidaCarlo: Righta and wronga.
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References The Yogi Bear Show (1961) See more »


Written by Isaac Hayes and Al Bell (as Alvertis Isbell)
Performed by Isaac Hayes
Courtesy of Fantasy Records
By Arrangement with Concord Music Group Inc.
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Gloomy and Bitter Police Story
24 July 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Brooklyn, New York, the veteran policeman Eddie (Richard Gere) is a bitter and disillusioned lonely man that will retire in seven days. The catholic dirty detective Sal (Ethan Hawke) is a family man in despair that needs to raise money to buy a better house for his family. The undercover detective Tango (Don Cheadle) is affected by the long period he has been working infiltrated in gangs and has requested to be transferred to an office. Their lives and fates are entwined when Eddie retires and sees a missing girl that has been kidnapped by sex traffickers and he has to take a decision; Sal has to make the down payment of the dreamed house and he does nit have enough money; and Tango is assigned to frame the drug lord Caz (Wesley Snipes) that saved his life years ago and has become his friend.

"Brooklyn's Finest" is a gloomy and bitter police story with a cast that is a constellation of stars, some of them with minor parts. I watched this film with great expectations, but unfortunately the screenplay is not original, too long and sometimes confused. The three stories are very well known by viewers of this genre and the narrative is cold, without emotions. The director Antoine Fuqua could (or should) have made a better feature with the available budget and cast. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Atraídos Pelo Crime" ("Attracted by the Crime")

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