Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, "Motherless Brooklyn" follows Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome, as he ventures to solve his friend's murder. Armed only with a few clues and the powerful engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely-guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance.Written by
The scenes in which Moses Randolph played by Alec Baldwin is re-appointed head of two city commissions by the Mayor played by Peter Gray Lewis and then complains to the Mayor that he wasn't re-appointed to the third commission and, threatening to resign, writes his own commission appointment and forces the Mayor to sign it are described exactly in The Power Broker: Robert Moses And The Fall Of New York, the Pulitzer Prize winning biography of Robert Moses by Robert A. Caro. After he was sworn in as Mayor of New York City in 1954 Robert F. Wagner reappointed Robert Moses to his posts as City Park Commissioner and City Construction Coordinator but, under pressure from various Good Government Organizations in the city, did not reappoint Robert Moses to the City Planning Commission. Immediately after the ceremony Moses followed Wagner to his office and threatened to resign unless he was reappointed to the City Planning Commission. When Wagner explained to Moses that it must have been an oversight and that he'd take care of it in a few days, Moses left his office and reappeared moments later with an appointment form he'd filled out himself and had Wagner sign it on the spot. See more »
Moses Randolph is shown pulling out a pack of Chesterfields (an unfiltered cigarette) and removing a smoke. However, the next scene and other subsequent scenes show him smoking filtered cigarettes instead. See more »
Frank always used to say, "Tell your story walkin', pal." He was more philosophical than your average gumshoe, but he liked to do his talkin' on the move, so here's how it all went down. I got somethin' wrong with my head. That's the first thing to know.
It's like having glass in the brain. I can't stop pickin' things apart... twistin' 'em around, reassembling 'em. Words and sounds, especially. It's like an itch that has to be scratched.
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Shauna Lyn... this is yours as much as mine. See more »
I went into this not expecting much but Edward Norton gave till it hurt.
Overall, this was a great movie with some amazing performances by Norton and his fantastic ensemble cast. So well acted by such fine actors.
It's a very good murder mystery. That classic gum shoe style was done perfectly.
I love the art direction. He painted a great picture of 50s style New York.
And the music was stellar. Those jazz numbers really blended in perfectly with the atmosphere. Then I had that one piece of music made by Thom Yorke of Radiohead (you'll know it once you hear).
This was a really great movie.
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