March/27/2011

Category: Drama
All Genres: Drama
Release Year: 2010
Country: USA
Runtime: 109
Rating: (0)
Languages: English
Director: John Gray
Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
Taglines:

  • Blood is thicker than Brooklyn.

  • Writing by: John Gray – written by

    Produced by: Paul F. Bernard – producer
    Russell Boast – co-producer
    Kelly Crimmins – associate producer
    John Gray – producer
    Melissa Jo Peltier – producer
    Traceigh Scottel – line producer
    James Scura – producer

    Cast: Karen Allen – Margaret
    Anthony Amorim – Young Danny
    Zachary Booth – Todd McKay
    Dan Burkarth – Paddy's dock mate
    Daniel Carpenter – Guy in Bar
    Jon Corry – Concertgoer
    Michael Drayer – Dennis Gleason
    Jonathan Dwyer – Lawyer
    Vincent Ferro – Party Goer
    Julia Giolzetti – Mourner / Concertgoer
    Lizzy Grant – Diane

    Music: The Shillaly Brothers Mark Snow
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    Plot Outline:

    Brooklyn, 1975: two brothers looking for a way out of their working-class neighborhood make a pact to rob a local theater on the night of a Rolling Stones concert.


    Plot: It's early autumn of 1975 in Brooklyn and 18-year-old Brian Leary (Nick Thurston) is killing time, pulling off petty crimes with his street tough older brother Danny (Geoff Wigdor), whom he both idolizes and fears. He doesn't really want to be a criminal, but he doesn't share the dreams of his old friends from their working class neighborhood either. They all yearn for the culturally approved 9-to-5 Civil Service jobs with benefit packages that will carry them through weekends of beer into lazy retirement. Brian doesn't want to end up in a soul-numbing job like his buddies, but he's sure he doesn't want to be like his best friend Todd (Zachary Booth) either. Todd has betrayed their blue-collar roots by accepting a scholarship to college. But Brian has a secret — he's a talented artist. In the basement of the bagel shop beneath his parent's apartment, he creates impressionistic charcoal and watercolor images of the stifling city that surrounds him. When he puts on his headphones and paints, shouting matches between Brian's longshoreman father Paddy (Stephen Lang) and world-weary mother (Karen Allen) fade into the distance. But even his private world can't block out the brutal beatings a drunken Paddy inflicts on Danny. Though Paddy has never been physically abusive to Brian, every time he sees his brother's suffering, his heart breaks a little more. Besides his art, Brian finds respite in working for Whitey (Peter Riegert), a kindly curmudgeon who runs the failing Lafayette movie theater in Bay Ridge. Brian's been helping Whitey pay his debts to local mobster Jimmy Cheeks (Ken Jennings) by bringing in rock groups to play gigs at the theater. With money problems mounting, Whitey decides to call in a lifelong favor from an old friend, now the tour manager of the Rolling Stones. The Stones will stop to play the Lafayette for one hour only on their way to Madison Square Garden…a plan Whitey hopes will solve his loan shark problems forever. The small Brooklyn neighborhood buzzes with anticipation of the Stones' arrival, which gives Brian the courage to talk to pretty Shauna Friel (Leslie Murphy), the girl he was too shy to approach in high school. Shauna, a travel agent, is awaiting transfer to a glamorous new job in Los Angeles, and dreams of traveling the world before she's 25. She and one of Brian's other friends, the college-bound Todd, begin to plant new seeds of hope in Brian's doubtful mind. Perhaps his art could be a ticket for him out of his dead end life and into a future of possibilities. When one excessively violent beating from Paddy convinces Danny he can't stay at home anymore, he tries to enlist Brian in one last scheme – to rob the Lafayette on the night of the Rolling Stones concert. Danny sees this as their only chance to get enough money to skip town and start them both off in a new life, somewhere far away from Brooklyn. As the theater fills with revelers, Brian is torn between his love and loyalty to Danny and his real fondness for Whitey. In the twists and turns that follow, both brothers must reexamine their dreams, and make decisions that will change their lives forever.

    Movie Quotes:

    Wiseman: If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.



    Goofs: We know about 3 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Anachronisms: The movie is set in 1977, but some of the cars have white headlights. French cars had yellow headlights and switched to white ones only in 1993. However Gerard Depardieu's car has the correct headlights.

    Trivia: There are 12 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • Amanda Seyfried was the first choice for Babydoll, but she dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
    • Emma Stone was in early talks to star as Amber, but dropped out to star in Easy A (2010).
    • Evan Rachel Wood was the first choice for Rocket but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and Jena Malone replaced her.




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