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Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)

R | | Drama | 4 May 1990 (USA)
Set in Brooklyn during the 1950s against a backdrop of union corruption and violence. A prostitute falls in love with one of her customers. Also a disturbed man discovers that he is homosexual.

Director:

Uli Edel

Writers:

Hubert Selby Jr. (book), Desmond Nakano (screenplay)
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Lang ... Harry Black
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Tralala
Burt Young ... Big Joe
Peter Dobson ... Vinnie
Jerry Orbach ... Boyce
Stephen Baldwin ... Sal
Jason Andrews Jason Andrews ... Tony
James Lorinz ... Freddy
Sam Rockwell ... Al
Maia Danziger ... Mary Black
Camille Saviola ... Ella
Ricki Lake ... Donna
Cameron Johann ... Spook
John Costelloe ... Tommy
Christopher Murney ... Paulie
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Storyline

Taken from Hubert Selby, Jr.'s controversial novel set in early 1950s Brooklyn. During a bitter strike by workers against a local factory, a gallery of struggling characters are crushed by their squalid surroundings and selves: an unhappily married union strike leader discovers he is gay; a jaded prostitute falls in love with one of her clients, a naive young sailor; a union negotiator attempts to peacefully resolve the strike while desperately hiding the fact that he's a communist ; the family of a striking factory worker cannot cope with the fact that their teenage daughter is illegitimately pregnant. Written by Serdar Yegulalp <syegul@ix.netcom.com>

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The Novel That Shocked The World Is Now A Movie.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Debut English language theatrical feature film of German director Uli Edel though Edel's earlier German film Christiane F. (1981) was released in a dubbed English language version. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1990 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Always Love You
Written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Performed by Dean Martin
Paul Weston and His Orchestra
Courtesy of CEMA Special Markets/Capitol Records, Inc.
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A GEM OF A MOVIE!
29 March 2000 | by newnoirSee all my reviews

Last Exit to Brooklyn is a great flick. It's brutal, dark, funny as heck at times, and in the end uplifting. Watching this movie it was hard to imagine this was based on a book from the 50's. A book which explores homosexuality, prostitution, sexual confusion would seem to be almost unheard of subjects in the uptight, Leave It To Beaver 1950's. People who put down this film don't know what they're talking about. The author of the book this movie was based on said himself he thought this was one great adaptation of his novel. And he was sure right. Folks who can handle the dark, brutal films of David Lynch, the Coen Brothers and Tarantino, Scorsese, Kubrick, Hartley and Fosse will dig this movie. But if "You've Got Mail" is your idea fo a great rental, you won't like it a bit. It's just as well, a lot of great, cool films aren't for everyone.


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Country:

UK | West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$186,489, 6 May 1990

Gross USA:

$1,730,005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,730,005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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