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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

Writers:

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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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Project was originally supposed to be black and white because director Amos Poe's favorite film at the time was The Battle of Algiers (1966), so he wanted to make "The Battle of Algiers (1966) in the Lower East Side". The producers did not agree. See more »

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

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Ready To Break
Written by Nile Rodgers
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An Underrated Underground Sleeper
24 June 2013 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Ultra-Low-Budget but done with a panache that is still somewhat beautiful today with its garish nightlife colors and an Artistic Flare that is rarely achieved in this type of Quickie. This is a Sleeper and is a fine example of what you can do with limited resources.

This has more appeal than a lot of Mainstream Movies with huge amounts of Money and very little Talent. The street scenes have a glamorous gritty look and remind one of a Comic Book or something out of the imagination.

This is an underrated, underground Film treat and could be defined as a Cult Movie that has yet to be acknowledged for what it is. A great looking, surreal, well-done take on a time of opulence and decadence, shown here as a picture postcard from a Twilight Zone. Nothing here is presented or meant to be realistic. It is a swath of decay presented as a twinkling other place that is as accessible as it is disturbing.

Kudos to all involved, especially the Cinematographer and the Art Designer. But it took a group effort to pull this one off and make it so much better, Artistically, because it hardly stood a chance and rose above its restraints and Money-Men meddling.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1984 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Alphabet City See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,172,292, 6 May 1984

Gross USA:

$7,035,585

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,035,585
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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