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Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)

R | | Drama | 4 May 1990 (USA)
Set in Brooklyn during the 1950s against a backdrop of union corruption and violence. A prostitute falls in love with one of her customers. Also a disturbed man discovers that he is homosexual.

Director:

Uli Edel

Writers:

Hubert Selby Jr. (book), Desmond Nakano (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Lang ... Harry Black
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Tralala
Burt Young ... Big Joe
Peter Dobson ... Vinnie
Jerry Orbach ... Boyce
Stephen Baldwin ... Sal
Jason Andrews Jason Andrews ... Tony
James Lorinz ... Freddy
Sam Rockwell ... Al
Maia Danziger ... Mary Black
Camille Saviola ... Ella
Ricki Lake ... Donna
Cameron Johann ... Spook
John Costelloe ... Tommy
Christopher Murney ... Paulie
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Storyline

Taken from Hubert Selby, Jr.'s controversial novel. A gallery of characters in Brooklyn in the 1950s are crushed by their surroundings and selves: a union strike leader discovers he is gay; a prostitute falls in love with one of her clients; a family cannot cope with the fact that their daughter is illegitimately pregnant. Written by Serdar Yegulalp <syegul@ix.netcom.com>

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The Novel That Shocked The World Is Now A Movie.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Letzte Ausfahrt Brooklyn See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$186,489, 6 May 1990

Gross USA:

$1,730,005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,730,005
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie's opening prologue is a quotation from the bible. It reads: "I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth. Song of Solomon 3:2:2". See more »

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Referenced in Madonna: Secret (1994) See more »

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Written and Performed by Helen Humes
Courtesy of CEMA Special Markets/EMI Records, Inc.
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A GEM OF A MOVIE!
29 March 2000 | by newnoirSee all my reviews

Last Exit to Brooklyn is a great flick. It's brutal, dark, funny as heck at times, and in the end uplifting. Watching this movie it was hard to imagine this was based on a book from the 50's. A book which explores homosexuality, prostitution, sexual confusion would seem to be almost unheard of subjects in the uptight, Leave It To Beaver 1950's. People who put down this film don't know what they're talking about. The author of the book this movie was based on said himself he thought this was one great adaptation of his novel. And he was sure right. Folks who can handle the dark, brutal films of David Lynch, the Coen Brothers and Tarantino, Scorsese, Kubrick, Hartley and Fosse will dig this movie. But if "You've Got Mail" is your idea fo a great rental, you won't like it a bit. It's just as well, a lot of great, cool films aren't for everyone.


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