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Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) Poster

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Courtney Love auditioned for the central lead female role of Tralala which was in the end cast with actress Jennifer Jason Leigh.
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Ralph Bakshi had made a previous attempt to direct the film, a production he was to co-produce with Steve Krantz and author Hubert Selby Jr. Actor Robert De Niro accepted a major role in the film. However, the project fell apart when Bakshi and Krantz had a falling out. Bakshi and Selby became friends, and, according to Bakshi, they "tried a few other screenplays after that on other subjects, but I could not shake Last Exit from my mind."
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This movie's opening prologue is a quotation from the bible. It reads: "I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth. Song of Solomon 3:2:2".
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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."
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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.
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According to show-business trade-paper 'Variety', the picture was "a $16 million Stateside-lensed production of 'Hubert Selby Jr''s controversial 1964 novel".
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The film was made and released about twenty-five years after its source novel of the same name by Hubert Selby Jr. had been first published in 1964.
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There had been numerous attempts to film this movie's source novel prior to this picture finally been made.
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The movie's closing credits state that the picture was "filmed on location in Brooklyn, New York and at Bavaria Studios, Munich [in then West Germany]".
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This major motion picture's opening title card reads: "BROOKLYN 1952".
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In 1973, it was announced tbat Arthur Hiller would direct " Last Exit to Brooklyn".
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