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Alphabet City (1984)

A New York City drug dealer decides to get out of the business, but has to flee from mobsters.

Director:

Amos Poe

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Gregory K. Heller (screenplay), Amos Poe (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Spano ... Johnny
Michael Winslow ... Lippy
Kate Vernon ... Angie
Jami Gertz ... Sophia
Zohra Lampert ... Mama
Raymond Serra Raymond Serra ... Gino (as Ray Serra)
Kenny Marino Kenny Marino ... Tony
Daniel Jordano ... Juani
Tom Mardirosian ... Benny
Christina Marie Denihan Christina Marie Denihan ... Baby Renee
Tom Wright ... Chauffeur
Bruno Damon Bruno Damon ... Mama's Friend
Clifton Powell ... Ramon
Richard Bassett Richard Bassett ... Preppie
John McCurry John McCurry ... Junkie / Guard #1
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A New York City drug dealer decides to get out of the business, but has to flee from mobsters.

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At 19, they gave him the streets. Tonight, they're going to take them back.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1984 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

ABC-város See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Amos Poe used to hate the score mainly because Nile Rodgers was hired on the film before Poe himself knew there was a film going on. At first he thought his music was not right, but he changed his mind in the following years. See more »

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(at around 1h 19 mins) Shadow of camera visible. See more »

Soundtracks

Lady Luck
Written by Nile Rodgers
Performed by Maura Moynihan
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80's New York crime drama
10 January 2013 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A street lieutenant for the New York branch of the Mafia (Vincent Spano) is ordered by his boss to burn down the house that his mother, father and sister live in. Spano's younger sister (Jamie Gertz) is in the process of becoming a call girl. Plus his street connection (Michael Winslow) has a habit of using some of the heroin that he's supposed to be selling for Spano. Also Spano has to make the rounds through an abandoned tenement building where addicts wait in line to buy their heroin, in order to collect the night's profits and deliver them to the big Mafia boss (Raymond Serra). Of the characters mentioned, they are all fairly decently portrayed as parts of the overall depridation of the decaying urban environment, which looks pretty good in the film's use of color cinematography which looks as if it's been shot with gauze over the lens. The dilemma that Spano's character faces, of having to burn down the building in which his parents and sister live in order to stay in good with the Mafia sets up a tough ending showdown with the Mafia boss Serra. All in all, this film is rather a pleasant surprise.


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