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Rooftops (1989)

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A skilled young street fighter battles criminals across the rooftops of New York City.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Allan A. Goldstein (story) (as Allan Goldstein), Tony Mark (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Gedrick ... T
Troy Byer ... Elana (as Troy Beyer)
Eddie Velez ... Lobo
Tisha Campbell-Martin ... Amber (as Tisha Campbell)
Alexis Cruz ... Squeak
Allen Payne ... Kadim
Steve Love Steve Love ... Jackie-Sky
Rafael Báez Rafael Báez ... Raphael
Jaime Tirelli ... Officer Rivera
Luis Guzmán ... Martinez
Millie Tirelli Millie Tirelli ... Squeak's Mom
Robert LaSardo ... Blade
Jay Boryea Jay Boryea ... Willie (as Jay M. Boryea)
Rockets Redglare Rockets Redglare ... Carlos
Edouard DeSoto ... Angelo
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Storyline

T, as most of his friends, lives in a self-constructed 'house', built on top of an old building in the city. Their one passion is 'combat'. Combat is a dance/streetfight during which the contestants try to push each other out of the arena, while not allowed to actually touch each other. When drugdealers move into the neighbourhood and kill T's best friend he embarks on a mission to eradicate the drug-presence in the neigbourhood. His friends are reluctant to help though, knowing what happened to T's friend when he crossed them. Written by Joop Carels <zombie@il.fontys.nl>

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Rooftops. It's the only place to be. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dächer des Todes See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,111,263, 19 March 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,043,889
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is the final theatrical film directed by Robert Wise. See more »


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Avenue D
Performed by Etta James feat. David A. Stewart
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Sure ain't "West Side Story"!
10 November 2015 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I was interested enough to watch this movie seeing that it was directed by Robert Wise, who years earlier had directed the great movie "West Side Story" - which like this movie was set in the gritty part of New York City and involved hoodlum youths. But the end results probably explain why this was Wise's last theatrical movie. Now, Wise does really capture the atmosphere of N.Y.C.'s slums, and the parts of the movie involving dancing and martial arts do have some energy. However, he seems unable to do anything with the sorry script. It's a slow story, taking forever to set up the conflict with the evil drug dealer, and not really picking up significantly in pace once that happens. Also making things a slog are the fact there are no real fleshed out (or memorable) characters; the character of "T" (played by Jason Gedrick), for one thing, reveals very little about himself and his past. Quite frankly, I was pretty bored with most of this movie, so it didn't come as no surprise when I learned not only that it didn't do much at the box office, it has also pretty much been forgotten since then.


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