Straight Out of Brooklyn

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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
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Name George T Odom
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Name Larry Gilliard Jr
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Name Matty Rich
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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
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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