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Director: Matty Rich     Starring: Lawrence Clifford
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Straight Out of Brooklyn DVD 1 of 1
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40227238
UPC: 027616896612
UPC 14: 00027616896612
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More powerful than Boyz N The Hood... Truer Than New Jack City.
A group of desperate young men rob brooklyn's most ruthless drug dealer and become the targets of his revenge.

"...emotionally torrid...  Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"...the truth is there, and echoes after the film is over.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's 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.
Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Pan and Scan (TV Format), No Longer Produced
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/8/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 83 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1991
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1005340
Video UPC UPC: 00027616896612
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Ann D. Sanders
Video Cast Info George T. Odis
Video Cast Info Lawrence Gilliard
Video Cast Info Reana E. Drummond
Video Cast Info John Rossnel - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Matty Rich - Director
Video Cast Info Harold Wheeler - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Matty Rich - Producer
Video Cast Info Matty Rich - Screenplay
Plot 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.

Awards


Independent Spirit (1992)
Video Award Name Matty Rich, Winner, Best First Feature
   Video Award Name Harold Wheeler, Nominee, Best Music
   Video Award Name George T. Odom, Nominee, Best Supporting Male

Sundance Film Festival (1991)
Video Award Name Matty Rich, Winner, Special Jury Recognition

Professional Reviews

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 drama...it's an achievement..." 12/20/1991 p.3D

Washington Post 8 of 10
...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. - Hal Hinson

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
...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. - Roger Ebert

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