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Last Exit To Brooklyn [DVD] [1990]


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  • Actors: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stephen Lang, Burt Young, Peter Dobson, Jerry Orbach
  • Directors: Uli Edel
  • Writers: Desmond Nakano, Hubert Selby Jr.
  • Producers: Anna Gross, Bernd Eichinger, Dieter Meyer, G. Mac Brown, Herman Weigel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Korean
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Disc Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZOE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,582 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Vladimir Sergachev on 31 Oct 2000
Format: VHS Tape
If you're in cheerful mood do not watch this movie now! Wait untill you're sad. For this is one of the saddest films ever made. It leaves no hope at all. Beautiful score by Mark Knopfler underlines the hopelessness of being in the 50th's Brooklyn. Performances, especially the one by Jennifer Jason-Leigh, are perfect. It's not an entertaining movie but if you love cinema as an art, entertainment is not the only thing you're looking for in a movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith White on 12 July 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
When I first saw this I thought it was an amazing film, engaging, brutal in places and some will be upset by the strong content. It is a hard honest look at Brooklyn life at the time, surrounded by poverty, prostitution, survival and friendship. A cinematic great.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. A. D. Plowman VINE VOICE on 10 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
Where does one start with LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN?

Let's start, as many do, with the book. It is without a doubt a literary masterpiece, littered with low-life characters each leading a loveless existence. When I first read it the intense, pulsing, musical style of the prose often left me breathless. The unbearably dark passages that Selby led me down quite frankly infected my psyche. It is an incredible book. "An urgent ticker tape from hell..." wrote one journalist on its release. Amen to that.

When I purchased this DVD I had not seen the movie adaptation and, to be honest, I slapped it in to my DVD player with a little trepidation. I furrowed my brow, convinced that (as with many adaptations) it would simply be a watered down version of the book.

By the end of the movie my doubts were cast aside. This film is a WONDERFUL work of art in its own right. Director Uli Edel has done a fine job in bringing the book's characters to life. Basically there are three stories running side by side :- the story of Harry Black, union leader and repressed homosexual. He is locked in a marriage with a wife and child and the situation is crushing his very soul. Secondly, we have the story of Tralala, a hooker who lures sailors in to dark alleyways where hoodlums await with blunt instruments. Thirdly, we have the story of Big Joe who refuses to acknowledge that his daughter is eight months pregnant. Each character has a destiny. I will not say here whether their individual fates are positive or negative. Let's just say during the movie I felt that I genuinely cared what happened to these characters.

This is a superb film, largely thanks to a superb cast (Burt Young and Jerry Orbach are particularly good) and excellent direction.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul Evans on 8 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
Many people will know Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits. Not so many know him for writing excellent film soundtracks. This is one of those. Much different from works like Money for Nothing, this soundtrack is calm and emotional, showing a different side to this musical tallent. Definately something any Dire Straits fan should listen to. Another one would be the soundtrack to The Local Hero. Or better yet, get Screenplaying - a collection of all the best from four film tracks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BPR on 18 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
Movies with various characters whose stories tie in either work or they don't. Last Exit to Brooklyn, based on the book by Hubert Selby Jr., does work and on so many levels. Uli Edel has assembled a cast that put in great performances, from Jennifer Jason Leigh as a prostitute to Stephen Lang as a homosexual union leader, who work together very well from a tight and well adapted script. I have to recommend this film, but be wary if you want something that's going to make you feel good because this isn't it. 4/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Dawson on 21 July 2011
Format: DVD
A very atmospheric account of how different people's lives were affected by a strike. J.J.Lee shines as a young girl with few morals, supported by a great cast. Many threads to this story. all riveting, often shocking. The book is also a great read, but I invariably prefer the book to the film!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Glyn Hearth on 29 May 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Very well produced film. Some lacunae in the storyline though, characters terminated abruptly or not brought to full development. Good film all the same though.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug 2003
Format: DVD
The title says it. The film is great, an excellent rendition of one third of Selby's book, with a strong cast throughout honestly delivering a brutal story. But the DVD transfer is quite awful, flickering, grainy, murky and dull as though someone did the transfer directly from a VHS tape, and not a particularly good one at that. Which does the film an enormous disservice.
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