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Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)

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A ship sails into Brooklyn with all its crew dead. But something gets off and the killing continues on land. The vampire is looking for a specific woman - half-human, half-vampire. Rita's the cop detective investigating the many killings.

Director:

Wes Craven

Writers:

Eddie Murphy (story), Vernon Lynch (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Maximillian / Preacher Pauly / Guido
Angela Bassett ... Det. Rita Veder
Allen Payne ... Detective Justice
Kadeem Hardison ... Julius Jones
John Witherspoon ... Silas Green
Zakes Mokae ... Dr. Zeko
Joanna Cassidy ... Capt. Dewey
Simbi Kali ... Nikki, Rita's Roomate (as Simbi Khali)
Messiri Freeman Messiri Freeman ... Eva, Julius' Girl
Kelly Cinnante Kelly Cinnante ... Policewoman Photographer
Jsu Garcia ... Anthony (as Nick Corri)
W. Earl Brown ... Thrasher
Ayo Adeyemi Ayo Adeyemi ... Bartender
Troy Curvey Jr. Troy Curvey Jr. ... Choir Leader
Vickilyn Reynolds ... Mrs. Brown
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Storyline

Maximillian is the only survivor from a race of vampires on a Caribbean Island, and, as a vampire, he must find a mate to keep the line from ending. He knows that a child had been born to a woman who had a vampire father, and he searches for her in Brooklyn. Rita's mother, who has died in an asylum, was that woman and Rita has nightmares that she does not understand. Not knowing that she is part-vampire, Max woos her and attempts to bring her to her bloodsucking destiny. Even though Rita has strange dreams and actions, Justice, her partner, has feelings for her and does not want her involved with this stranger Max. But it is Rita who must decide her destiny. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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A comic tale of horror and seduction.


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Rated R for strong language and vampire violence | See all certifications »

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In a November 2011 interview with "Rolling Stone", Eddie Murphy stated that he made this movie for one reason: Paramount agreed to release The Nutty Professor (1996)'s rights in exchange for finishing his deal with the studio. Murphy also said that the wig his character wore was so awful it immediately made people despise the film. See more »

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The cross impression on the lady cop's neck changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Julius is escorting Max around the streets in his limo]
Julius Jones: Hey, Max, let me ask you something. Why didn't you just bite this bitch when you had a chance?
Maximillian: It doesn't work that way. She has to give herself to me voluntarily.
Julius Jones: [laughs] Hey, this is Brooklyn, baby. Don't nobody give up shit unless you got some cold cash or a hot slug for their ass.
Maximillian: In this case, I know a lot more about her than she knows about herself. One dance with me, one dance, and she'll be mine
Julius Jones: Oh, see now, yeah, yeah. Now you're ...
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Connections

References Lassie (1954) See more »

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Whatta Man
By Hurby 'Luv Bug' Azor (as Herby Azor), Cheryl 'Salt' James (as Cheryl James) & Dave Crawford
Performed by Salt-N-Pepa (as Salt 'n' Pepa)
Courtesy of London Records, a division of PolyGram
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I wish Eddie Murphy never grew up.
2 July 2005 | by Nozze-MusicaSee all my reviews

When Eddie Murphy did movies like Trading Places, and Beverly Hills Cop, he was cool because he was funny. With movies like this Murphy is trying to be cool before he is being funny. there is very little comedy in this movie, and if the movie is trying to be modern in vogue it really doesn't succeed at that either. Murphy does a fair job as a Caribbean vampire in Brooklyn looking for a soulmate. The movie does not have enough of his crazy characterizations, nutty characters, and all around goofy comedy. The movie was so disappointing because I thought this was going to be extremely funny. Why wouldn't Eddie Murphy make this movie like he did Beverly Hills Cop? Not take the movie so seriously? The movie had a very dark tone, and that would have worked, because it could make for more subtle Eddie Murphy comedy, but Murphy attempts so few jokes here, there is so little opportunity for him to try and be funny. The movie seems like a grand experiment that falls on it's face. But it was so easy to make this movie funny, just have his characterizations and good one liners applied to a very unusual vampire movie, don't worry about being cool. Movies used to be so natural for him in the eighties, but it was a different time. He was still funny then and he could be now. Angela Bassett does a pretty good job as a cop in search of Murphy, but really can't save this movie, it's just so awkward, it doesn't know whether it wants to be a horror flick a love story or a comedy. It tries to be all three and succeeds at none.

But overall this movie was a disappointment, something that could have been great but was mediocre. Murphy overall struggled in the nineties, and this is a classic example why, instead of being funny in his movies he tries too hard to be cool and it doesn't work. Murphy needs to remember he was funny because he applied his unique sense of humor to films, he needs to have his own band of movie instead of trying to produce someone else's style of comedy. Stick with Beverly Hills Cop or 48 Hours, where he is at his best and he is Eddie Murphy, the one we all know and love. Hours to see Murphy at his best.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wes Craven's Vampire In Brooklyn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,045,379, 29 October 1995

Gross USA:

$19,751,736

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,751,736
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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