Straight Out of Brooklyn

Directed By: Matty Rich Starring: Lawrence Clifford

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A group of desperate young men rob brooklyn's most ruthless drug dealer and become the targets of his revenge.


Studio MGM
SKU 40227238
UPC 027616896612
UPC 14 00027616896612
Format DVD
Release Date 1/8/2008
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Race Relations
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Editors Note
Note Trapped in a world of desperation, drugs and constant danger, Dennis is desperate to escape. Though encouraged by his parents to go to college, Dennis has run out of patience. Joined by his equally frustrated friends, they plan a heist. But robbing the neighborhood's most ruthless drug dealer makes Dennis and his buddies targets for revenge. Winner of a Special Jury Recognition award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Plot Summary
Summary Raised in the projects of Brooklyn's Red Hook district, Dennis Brown feels trapped in a world of desperation, drugs and danger. He learned early to duck the druglord's bullets and to stay clear of a fight that's not his own. But now Dennis can see his family's falling apart, and he'll do anything he can to save them... no matter what the cost.
New York Times "...Affecting earnestness....A promising film-making debut..." 05/22/1991 p.C11
Los Angeles Times "...The movie has the kind of tentative, searching quality that you often see in raw, autobiographical works by young artists....Rich himself is a funny live-wire performer..." 05/31/1991 p.F8
USA Today "...Rich was only 19 when he made this on-location's an achievement..." 12/20/1991 p.3D
Matty Rich
Lawrence Clifford
Cast & Crew
Ann D. Sanders - Actor
George T. Odis - Actor
Lawrence Gilliard - Actor
Reana E. Drummond - Actor
John Rossnel - Cinematographer
Matty Rich - Director
Harold Wheeler - Musical Score
Matty Rich - Producer
Matty Rich - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1991
Catalog ID 1005340
UPC 00027616896612
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 83 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Independent Spirit (1992) Matty Rich, Winner, Best First Feature,Harold Wheeler, Nominee, Best Music,George T. Odom, Nominee, Best Supporting Male
Sundance Film Festival (1991) Matty Rich, Winner, Special Jury Recognition
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review ...Rich's greatest strength here is not his artistry but his lack of it. Working with the unchiseled marble of his own life, the director seems almost too passionate to bother with aesthetics. He doesn't want anything to stand between his audience and the lives of his characters, not even style. As a result, scenes like a gentle one in which Ray and Frankie remember their courting days by cutting a funky rug in the dining room, or the bedroom conversations between Dennis and his girlfriend, Shirley (Reana E. Drummond), have the immediacy of diary entries. It's as if Rich were scribbling down his feelings directly on the unlined blankness of the screen.
Reviewer Hal Hinson
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...For most of the movie, the characters stand poised between two possible choices--between crime and trying to do the right thing. But the movie finds time to develop some of their complexities as they make up their minds, in well-written scenes such as the one where the mother actually defends her husband, even though he beats her; hospitalized by his brutality, she refuses to denounce him. And there are scenes of everyday life, goofing around, small talk, passing time. It all adds up to a convincing portrait of a big-city black teenager who feels that if he does not take some sort of conclusive action, life will clamp him into poverty and discouragement... Matty Rich has put the pieces together and used them to make a film out of his own experience. The edges are rough and the ending is simply a slogan printed on the screen. But the truth is there, and echoes after the film is over.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Pan and Scan (TV Format), No Longer Produced
Hal Hinson, Washington Post ...emotionally torrid...
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...the truth is there, and echoes after the film is over.

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