Leo is released from prison after serving time for car theft. His plan to go straight falls apart when he meets his corrupt uncle for a job and later an old friend working there. It culminates at the (railroad) yards.
1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.
Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test.Written by
Well-cast but prolonged and stagnant police thriller focuses on two brothers on opposite sides of the law in late 1980s Brooklyn. Although raised the son of a well-respected police chief, nightclub owner Bobby Green has chosen to lead a reckless life of sex and drugs. Meanwhile, his brother Captain Jacob Grusinksy has found success following in the footsteps of his father, that is until he falls victim to a random, near-fatal shooting. As the investigation to find the shooter only grows more personal, the two brothers decide to join forces despite their opposing lifestyles. Mild, forgettable cop flick has an intriguing story but little suspense or surprises in this overlong, garrulous script; material is far from compelling and only made worthwhile by a good cast that isn't given much to do. **
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