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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)
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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 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. A gallery of characters in Brooklyn in the 1950s are crushed by their surroundings and selves: a union strike leader discovers he is gay; a prostitute falls in love with one of her clients; a family cannot cope with the fact that their 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.

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Letzte Ausfahrt Brooklyn See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$186,489, 6 May 1990, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,730,005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Patricia Arquette, who was originally cast in the lead role of Tralala, dropped out before the filming started when she discovered she was pregnant. in 2015, while a guest on "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," Arquette talked about why she dropped out and how difficult it was for her to make the decision to do so: "that character really goes through a lot of difficult things in that movie, and it was my first time having a baby. And I thought, I don't want to be pregnant and emotionally go through this woman's journey that's very violent at certain points with a baby inside me. And it was a very difficult moment where I sat with the producers, and they said, well, we think you could still shoot this while you're pregnant. I said, 'well, let me just walk around the block.' And I came back and I said, 'I can't do this movie 'cause I don't know how that will be for my baby.' And I didn't know if I would ever get another movie. And when I--right after I had him, I'd audition and I wasn't getting movies. And I remember walking into this restaurant on Sunset Boulevard and saying--you know, applying for a job as a waitress. And I said, 'look, I'm smart. I don't have a lot of experience. I like people, I'm nice to people, I learn fast and I have a baby to feed.' And they give me the job, and I was going to start on Wednesday. That Monday, I got a call that I got my first movie after my son." See more »

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Because I Love My Baby So
Written and Performed by Johnny Otis
Courtesy of S.J. Records
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a more violent time
16 July 2004 | by vanlaarhovenpSee all my reviews

Having been born in NYC during the late fifties it was important for me to read, see and finally own Last Exit To Brooklyn. Our household was always a violent and unhappy one. None of us lived in the streets like the characters in the film but the violence from there was definitely reflected in our day to day life. Heartwrenchingly faithful to the mood and sentiment of Hubert Selby's important novel I am continuously surprised at how films like this are overlooked in a larger, classic sense. This is not a pleasant film. The German direction and influence put me in mind of Fassbiner's Berlin Alexanderplatz. There was a similar grotesque as well as aesthetic beauty that I found to be very compelling. Most of all, however, I was remarkably impressed by Jennifer Jason Leigh's performance. She gave us the flip side of Marylin Monroe, the antithesis if you will. I'm pretty sure that she has not, as yet, received Oscar recognition and am puzzled how her performance in Last Exit did not get her a nod. This film come highly recommended.


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