- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 10, 2011
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: Summit Inc/Lionsgate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Audio Commentary with Director Uli Edel
- Making of Last Exit to Brooklyn
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 05/31/1990
"...Bold and imaginative..."
New York Times - 05/02/1990
"...A good, dark, uncommonly evocative screen adaptation....The performances are nearly perfect..."
Total Film - 10/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] movie that isn't only touching and revealing, but occasionally even beautiful."
Based on Hubert Selby, Jr.'s novel depicting the flip side of the "fabulous fifties." Set against a violent dockworkers strike, a union leader, a prostitute and a gang of petty criminals roam the streets of Brooklyn in search of passion and excitement.
The mean and desolate streets of Brooklyn are home to a host of unhappy, hopeless characters stuck in dead-end lives. A young prostitute, emotionally numb from having sold her body so many times, regularly leads her prospective clients to a dark alley where a gang beats and robs them; an office worker cannot deal with his repressed homosexuality; and a young girl's father refuses to admit that she is eight months pregnant.
All these stories take place in a world waiting to explode: local workers are engaged in an angry strike against a nearby factory, while, not too far away at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, soldiers sail daily for Korea, many never to return.
The personal and the political intermingle in this bleak look at poverty, drugs and violence in the inner-city in the early 1950s.
Theatrical Release |
- The film, an adaptation of the novel, "Last Exit to Brooklyn," was originally published in 1964. The novel was banned, both here and in England, for its alleged pornography, although sex was only a secondary element of the story. Several directors have optioned for the motion picture rights over the years, including Stanley Kubrick and Brian DePalma.
- The film was shown at the 1989 London Film Festival.
- Jennifer Jason Leigh received the Best Supporting Actress Award from the New York Film Critics Circle in 1990, for her work in this film and in "Miami Blues."