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Spike of Bensonhurst (1988)

Spike Fumo is an Italian kid apsiring to be a boxer. He falls in love with a rich girl, who turns out to be the daughter of a Mafia boss. Spike is threatened to leave Bensonhurst by the mob... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Morrissey

Writers:

Alan Bowne (additional dialogue), Paul Morrissey (story and screenplay)
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1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sasha Mitchell ... Spike Fumo
Ernest Borgnine ... Baldo Cacetti
Anne De Salvo ... Sylvia Cacetti
Sylvia Miles ... Congresswoman
Geraldine Smith ... Helen Fumo
Antonia Rey ... Bandanas Mother
Rick Aviles ... Bandana
Maria Pitillo ... Angel
Karen Shallo Karen Shallo ... Blondie
Christopher Anthony Young Christopher Anthony Young ... Carmine
Mario Todisco Mario Todisco ... Tortorella
Rodney Harvey ... Frankie
Talisa Soto ... India
Frank Adonis ... Vinaca
Frank Gio Frank Gio ... Pete Fumo
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Storyline

Spike Fumo is an Italian kid apsiring to be a boxer. He falls in love with a rich girl, who turns out to be the daughter of a Mafia boss. Spike is threatened to leave Bensonhurst by the mob, and then goes to a poverty-stricken Puerto Rican part of Brooklyn. Written by Philip Brubaker <coda@nando.net>

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One kid's fight for the respect of the neighborhood. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Connections

Referenced in While We're Young (2014) See more »

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Understand.
19 January 2000 | by rdhibshoSee all my reviews

I grew up in Brooklyn. I knew Spike and his friends. Their names and faces were different, but their lives were the same. If you treat this movie as a political statement you will be offended. If you treat this movie as entertainment you'll suffer. But if you treat this movie as a sociological exercise, you will be enlightened. No movie made before or since, has captured the essence of Brooklyn so effectively. Story, plot progression, and emotive content are deliberately sacrificed to the end of painting a realistic portrait of both the subjects and their neighborhood. At the film's conclusion, the characters, like their environs, develop little. Such is Brooklyn.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Throw Back! See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$623,112

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$623,112
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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