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Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)

R | | Crime, Drama | June 1991 (USA)
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A young man living in poverty makes a plan to rob a drug dealer and change the life of his family.

Director:

Matty Rich

Writer:

Matty Rich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George T. Odom ... Ray Brown
Ann D. Sanders Ann D. Sanders ... Frankie Brown
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Dennis Brown (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Barbara Sanon Barbara Sanon ... Carolyn Brown
Reana E. Drummond Reana E. Drummond ... Shirley
Matty Rich Matty Rich ... Larry
Mark Malone Mark Malone ... Kevin
Ali A. Wahhab Ali A. Wahhab ... Luther (as Ali Shahid Abdul Wahhab)
Joseph A. Thomas Joseph A. Thomas ... Saledene
James McFadden James McFadden ... James
Dorise Black Dorise Black ... Ms. Walker
Robert N. Nash Robert N. Nash ... Skeet
Fran Sperling Fran Sperling ... Sarah
Billy R. Billy R. ... Gas Station Customer
Joseph Pampillonia Joseph Pampillonia ... Gas Station Manager (as Joseph Pillonia)
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Storyline

A young man living in poverty makes a plan to rob a drug dealer and change the life of his family.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Egyenesen Brooklynból See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,918, 27 May 1991

Gross USA:

$2,712,293

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,712,293
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Begun by director Matty Rich when he was only 17. See more »

Goofs

Principal character's parents' argument clearly indicates that the film was "flipped" to achieve proper eye-line match. Unfortunately, a large wound on the mother's face (from earlier abuse) changes from one side of her face to the other. See more »

Quotes

Ray Brown: What you been doing? Fucking Shirley?
Dennis: Yes.
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Alternate Versions

Emmitt H Thrower played the role of Father of Larry. Scenes cut from movie. See more »


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Performed by Queen Latifah / Daddy-O
Published by T-Girl Music (BMI)
Produced by Daddy-O
Written by Queen Latifah (as Dana Owens) / Daddy-O (as G. Bolton)
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Powerful Performances, Realistic dialog, Looked Staged.
7 January 2006 | by BenjaminPalmerSee all my reviews

I have seen at least 450 films from the "Urban" genre, and I have to say I am always perplexed by this film. If you are someone who is fussy about the aesthetics and the technical aspects of a film, you do not want to see this film. However, if you are looking for a film with strong performances by black actors, or a film with a look at life in the projects, this is the film for you. I think sometimes when we talk about project life we imagine a certain picture or image. This film deals a lot more with the mindsets of people in the projects. The most powerful performance is by George T. Odom, whose monologues and multi-personalities combine for a great example of a struggling black man. Larry Gillard Jr. is also in this film(the man who played D'Angelo Barksdale in HBO's The Wire) and he delivers a relatively impressive performance as a ordinary kid in the projects. Overall this is an impressive film with no budget. The one thing you need to be warned about is at times it is so low budget it will sometimes look as it was scenes from staged plays. I also wish the supporting cast was made up of better actors. I like this film, enough that i look at scenes from it once and a while when I myself am studying character archetypes.


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