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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This major motion picture's opening title card reads: "BROOKLYN 1952". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Madonna: Secret (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Harlem Nocturne
Written by Earle Hagen
Performed by Johnny Otis
Courtesy of S. J. Records
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Violent slice-of-life that lingers in the memory
17 April 2003 | by Pedro_HSee all my reviews

Working class life in 1950's Brooklyn is disrupted by a strike.

One of these films that seems about nothing in the explaining (the ups and downs of the roughhouse working-class), but is a very powerful piece in the watching and highly recommended.

The film reminded me of an X rated version of American Graffiti where people go about their ordinary lives, but somehow, we become fascinated. While actually shot in West German (when there was one) there are too many real NY character actors for us to notice.

There is fair amount of stupidity and leaching. The male hustler and the whore stick in your mind longer, but the working class morals of all the characters are well observed. Certain scenes actually play no real role in the plot, but add to the feel of time and place.

A lot of people will be shocked by this movie. It is brutally frank and at times violent, but it is never just put there for entertainment. This is an adult picture dealing with adult themes and adult lives. I found it quite hard to watch at times myself, but I think it is an important film and no insult to the classic Selby book which inspired it.


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