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Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

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In 1950s New York, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend.

Director:

Edward Norton

Writers:

Edward Norton (written for the screen by), Jonathan Lethem (from the novel by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Norton ... Lionel Essrog
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Laura Rose
Alec Baldwin ... Moses Randolph
Willem Dafoe ... Paul Randolph
Bruce Willis ... Frank Minna
Ethan Suplee ... Gilbert Coney
Cherry Jones ... Gabby Horowitz
Bobby Cannavale ... Tony Vermonte
Dallas Roberts ... Danny Fantl
Josh Pais ... William Lieberman
Radu Spinghel Radu Spinghel ... Giant Man
Fisher Stevens ... Lou
Peter Gray Lewis ... Mayor (as Peter Lewis)
Robert Wisdom ... Billy Rose (as Robert Ray Wisdom)
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Trumpet Man
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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 Warner Bros.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references, brief drug use, and violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Michael Kenneth Williams and Bobby Cannavale both appeared on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014). See more »

Goofs

AT the beginning of the film when the two were sitting in the car listening to the conversation from upstairs, you hear an electronic siren in the background. They were not invented until 1964. A few moments later, you see a NYPD patrol car race by with its red light turning. It should have had red and white alternating lights but the siren was correct for the period then. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lionel Essrog: [narrating] 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.
Lionel Essrog: [real life] If!
Lionel Essrog: [narrating] 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.
Gilbert Coney: [...]
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Crazy Credits

Shauna Lyn... this is yours as much as mine. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Joe Rogan Experience: Edward Norton (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Daily Battles
Written by Thom Yorke
Performed by Wynton Marsalis, Joe Farnsworth, Russell Hall, Isaiah J. Thompson and Jerry Weldon
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User Reviews

 
That was pretty darn good!
5 November 2019 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,500,454, 3 November 2019

Gross USA:

$9,277,736

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,477,736
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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