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Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989)

Tony Azito , Matt Dillon  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Azito, Matt Dillon, Richard Edson, Jennifer Grey, Julie Hagerty
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001IN0QW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,588 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It was New Year's Eve in New York City, 1928. The champagne was cold, the dolls were red-hot and everyone who was anyone was there. Shimmy on down to the speakeasy run by jazz-baby Miss Mussou (Anita Morris), where earnest Lovey Lou (Jennifer Grey) and dishy Hortense Hathaway (Madonna) sing and dance on the hearts of two-timin' pony player Regret (Matt Dillon) and hapless Feet Samuels (Randy Quaid), a lumbering oaf with a heart o' gold who's sold it, along with the rest of his body, to a mad doctor determined to collect at midnight. And make an appearance at the home of feather-headed socialite Harriet MacKyle (Julie Hagerty), whose glittering New Year's bash really takes flight with an untimely aviary assassination perpetrated by suave bootlegger Handsome Jack (Esai Morales). Add a handful of reluctant gangsters, an assortment of unflappable flappers and a philandering gambler, andyou've got a comic celebration of the infamous night when the underworld met the upper crust - and th

Glittering 1920s decor surrounds a host of famous faces in Bloodhounds of Broadway, an adaptation of four stories by Jazz Age scribe Damon Runyon (whose stories were also the basis for Guys and Dolls). A loser (Randy Quaid) sells his body to science just when his luck turns; a wounded gangster (Rutger Hauer) takes a cab all over town trying to find someone to take him in; the death of a parrot turns a schmuck (Ethan Phillips) into a tough guy; and a pair of bloodhounds track a gambler (Matt Dillon) all over town because of the sausages in his pocket. The swank look of Bloodhounds of Broadway has more depth than its characters; the dialogue has all the jargon of Runyon but none of the rhythm. Madonna and Jennifer Grey play lovelorn flappers, Julie Hagerty is a bird-brained socialite, and Steve Buscemi and author William S. Burroughs make cameo appearances. --Bret Fetzer

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank Goodness for Subtitles September 6, 2009
This film is certainly entertaining, and is, as many professional reviewers have said, the best film adaptation of works by Damon Runyon. The only reason I would not give it five stars is that in many scenes, the dialog cannot be heard. I find myself pumping up the volume to "jet engine blast" levels while people are talking, only to have to grab the remote and quickly turn it down again when a sudden burst of music threatens to break the glass in the windows. The compromise has been to use the subtitles, which at least let me find out what is being talked about. You would think that the sound engineer, particularly in a film which relies heavily on slang terms and offhand remarks, would have been extremely careful about making sure the dialog was audible. But if you don't mind reading your way through the film, or you have the sensitive hearing of the average canine (and a strong familiarity with 1920's slang expressions) then you'll find the rest of the film top notch.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to a great writer November 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I am a huge fan of Damon Runyon and this is so much in his style it's a delight to watch. The star studded cast play Runyons characters marvelously. If you like this move you will love Runyons books and vice versa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic sadly often forgotten still shines July 10, 1999
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This 1989 film is a truly great movie starring everyone from Rutger Haur to Madonna, and everyone (everyone!) is amazing! This film is not to be missed, despite its low-key theme and less flashy style. Excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Year's Eve Classic! January 21, 2009
By Beulah
Okay, first a disclaimer - I happen to have met some of the actors in this work... the two bloodhounds. (Hey, the only other actor I've ever met was Jake Busey on the set of "Enemy of the State", but the bloodhounds were smarter, better looking, and far better actors!)

This movie, although it would probably bore kids, is like "A Christmas Story" for New Year's Eve.

One reviewer commented that it was filmed "like a tv movie". I believe that it was - in fact I recall that I first saw it as an American Playhouse piece (for PBS), and then Columbia later picked up the rights.

So it's a "small" movie, No car chases or seriously over-the-top sets, but the cast, which mixed many top "Hollywood" thespians with "Broadway" ones, is nothing less than amazing. You will see a great many familiar faces doing fine work.

The plot is tongue-in-cheek, and combines several Daymon Runyon tales into a fairly tight storyline. Even the lesser characters are well drawn, and some of the romantic couples, like Madonna & Randy Quaid, are unexpected. There is a LOT of chemistry and detail in this piece (yes, I've seen it many times, now, and almost always on NYE).

The performances are first rate (maybe Jennifer Grey could have worked on her singing a little more, but she was doing a duet with Madonna, who after all, can probably outsing most of Hollywood AND Broadway.) This is NOT a Madonna Movie, though. in fact no character could be said to dominate the screen for long.

Best seen with a sweetheart - and possibly a Bloodhound!

Oh yes, and if you might want to have a string on those little weinies on hand...
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4.0 out of 5 stars when madonna could act July 31, 2007
By ross
this was much better than i expected. It's filmed like a t.v. movie of the week but has a slew of a-list film actors, most of whom continue to enjoy successful careers today. Madonna does a great job as she is cast perfectly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars strike a pose August 5, 2008
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I was once a huge Madonna fan (still love her) and that's how I got turned on to this movie. Madonna's role in "Bloodhounds of Broadway" sorta reminds me of her Breathless Mahoney character in her next movie. The film includes an all-start cast (Randy Quaid, Matt Dillon and Rutger Hauer), as well as a duet with Madonna and Jennifer Grey. The movie first premiered to a limited engagement in 1989 and when Madonna didn't attend the premiere MTV reported that it was because she wanted to save herself the embarssment of yet another movie. Considering all of the other Thanksgiving turkeys she has made, this one is certainly not as bad as the rest. It's just very silly and somewhat over-the-top and funny in many parts. Overall it's a pretty good movie. No special features are included on the DVD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The last scene makes the entire movie worthwhile June 29, 2014
By Laura D
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That beautiful last outdoor scene when they are leaving the nightclub, at or before dawn on New Year's day 1929, is exquisite; there is no other word for it -- perfectly capturing the velvety pale gray lighting of a snowy winter night/morning, when the whiteness of the sky and the ground combine to make that enchantingly calm atmosphere, at once cozily comforting and bewitchingly eerie, seen only in midwinter. How the director and camera people so perfectly understood how to attain that baffles me -- I didn't think non-independent movie makers could be so sensitive (I'm not talking just original and creative, I'm talking sensitive.) But they did it, and I felt "right there" on a snow-smelling frosty city morning 85 years ago, standing between the parked cars watching the speakeasies empty out after the New Year revelries.

Now, for what's wrong. All that inaudible mumbling, for one. Bad sound? Not talking loudly enough? Really inept people operating the boom mikes? I couldn't understand what was going on (and, being a 1920's buff, sure I'm familiar with Damon Runyon.) Plus, having to endure Madonna's loathsome, conceited sneer throughout much of the film; the nasty smile of spite she gave Jennifer Grey when they started their duet; her odious "I'M really the star of this movie, of course!" attitude she maintains. (A woman despicably cruel to her colleagues and fans -- and we all know the horror anecdotes, plus I'm privy to hearing about a ghastly encounter a friend of a friend of a friend had with her, when the poor young woman, an extra on the set of that movie A League of Their Own, was being made up on the set in a chair next to her and complimented Madonna on her music and films. But Madonna snarled in reply at her, "Is that your face or did your neck throw up?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Far out fun
Published 20 days ago by John Henry Broad
1.0 out of 5 stars Two Bloodhounds & A Parrot - Only Breathing Things Worth Watching
Have forever wanted to be a Jazz Age babe, but born too late. So looking forward to this movie - the ensemble cast - so promising. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kandy Langford
4.0 out of 5 stars OK movie.
A little on the slow side, but an OK flic for the money but better spent on something else--the cast convinced me to buy, but they're ill-used..
Published 15 months ago by Lyle Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves to be a classic
I first saw this movie when I was a young closeted high school student and would have literally paid money to watch Madonna read the phone book. Read more
Published on August 24, 2012 by Eric C. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the music!
This film popped up in my U-Verse onscreen program guide and I watched it based on the description. It was apparently a 1989 remake of an earlier film with the same title. Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by Randall Stehle
1.0 out of 5 stars Raucous and self-indulgent
Probably meant to be humorous, this attempt to re-capture Damon Runyon fails on all counts. Loud and abrasive, perhaps suitable for revelers on New Year's Eve who won't mind that... Read more
Published on March 23, 2010 by Donald J. Richardson
3.0 out of 5 stars For Madonna fans
The movie is not that great, but is always fun to see Madonna in character. Not even the music is great. God choise for a sunday morning with nothing to do :)
Published on July 29, 2008 by Gabriel Castro
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