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  • Actors: Lee Strasberg, Janet Leigh, Ruth Gordon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MVD Visual
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00G1L6VR8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,397 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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David Rosen (Lee Strasberg) and his wife Becky (Ruth Gordon) have lived in the same Coney Island neighborhood for most of their married life. But the area is not what it used to be, and a gang leader named Strut has decided to make it his new turf. Strut begins shaking down the merchants, demanding payment for ""protection"" and using violence to deal with anyone who gets in his way.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Man VINE VOICE on March 22, 2014
Format: DVD
“Boardwalk” stars Lee Strasberg and Ruth Gordon as David and Becky Rosen, who have lived in the same Coney Island neighborhood for nearly all their married life. Ruth Gordon has said this performance is her favorite movie role.

As their 50th wedding anniversary approaches, the area has changed for the worse and a gang leader named Strut (Kim Delgado) has decided to make Coney Island his new turf. Strut begins shaking down merchants, demanding payment for “protection” and using violence to deal with anyone who gets in his way. David refuses to give Strut protection money. His diner is soon firebombed, while many of his neighbors are attacked and his synagogue is desecrated. Janet Leigh plays their daughter Florence, who is planning to marry more for security than for love.

The movie covers several themes — old age, urban blight, the generation gap, terminal illness, and the American Dream. Director Stephen Verona has elicited first-rate performances. The supporting cast includes 1930’s actress and singer Lillian Roth, songwriter Sammy Cahn, and longtime deep-voiced character actor Joe Silver. There are no bonus extras on the DVD release.
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Despite the A-list of actors in the cast (Actors Studio founder Lee Strasberg, veteran actress Ruth Gordon and “Psycho”’s lead actress Janet Leigh, you probably have never heard of this film, now making its DVD and Bluray debut. That’s because this 1979 “indie” (before “indie” was a designation for a low budget “art film”) was only the 3rd or fourth film written and directed by Stephen Verona. The only other Verona film you may be familiar with – at least it was the only one I knew – is “The Lords of Flatbush”, a film about gangs in Brooklyn, best known for the first film to star Henry Winkler after he became “The Fonz” on TV’s “Happy Days”. This film takes place in Brooklyn too, specifically the Jewish section of Coney Island (hence the “boardwalk” in the title. It was films on location and uses a lot of hand-held camera work.

The plot revolves around an elderly Jewish couple (Strasberg owns a cafeteria; Gordon gives piano lessons at home) who are a dying breed (no pun intended) as their fellow synagogue congregants and friends leave the city because of crime and gangs. At the same time their daughter (Leigh) is looking for love in middle age (she is either divorced or widowed) and Leigh’s 20ish son want to be a pop songwriter and musician. And to add to the “icons” in the cast list there are both composer/lyricist Sammy Cahn and veteran actress Lillian Roth (whose life was the basis for the film “I’ll Cry Tomorrow”). Both have very small parts.

I won’t give any spoilers here – I don’t like them either – but I will say that the “gang” of “minorities” do prey on them. And since this is the late 70s the soundtrack lets you know when they are coming. Cue the bongos! (And yes there are lots of “bongo moments” in the film’s 100 minutes). The film LOOKS like a 70s film too!
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This film has to be seen to be believed, more talent in one film than you would ever hope for. Lee Strasberg, Ruth GOrdon, and Janet Leigh in Coney Island dealing with 70's changing racial paterns, a street gang, and personal health issues and age. Starts out light, and opens your heart to what must be the greatest couple on film celebrating their 50th in a world where hatred is not hidden. In my top three movies of all time.
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By Chris Larken on June 12, 2014
Format: DVD
This movie was a unintended look into the future of America. We see this blatant disregard for authority or other people, the elderly, etc. - today among criminals, and even kids. We see more and more gangs taking over our neighborhoods with a government turning a blind eye and making excuses thanks to political correctness. The disease of evil is spreading like cancer. More and more kids turning to a life of violence thanks to psychotropic drug use issued by doctors and parents. Besides the illegal drugs pouring over the borders in an unstoppable gravy train of death. The downfall of our country is upon us. It started to get bad in the 1960's, between race baitors using the race card to divide, the influx of drugs and the use thereof by acceptance through music such as the beatles. The broken traditional family unit. All leads to dysfunction and godless behaviors. You can find the common denominator very easily. Just look at the changes made by progressive leftists over the decades. A slow but strong undermining of goodness that once made America great, safe, prosperous and pleasant to live in years ago. We are headed now for a wasteland of MadMax proportions unless the mistakes are corrected. Evil is a cancer. And it only succeeds when the Good do nothing. This movie precisely predicts and shows what happens to communities when criminals are not punished but the peaceable citizens are the target instead of more redundant silly laws that do nothing to stop crime. We need criminal control, psychotropic drugs halted, home schooling and the borders sealed once and for all to truly solve America's out of control criminal behaviors wrecking our lives !!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Chartoff on April 30, 2014
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A museum piece of an era in ethnic assertions of territory
Great piece of nostalgia for Brooklyn and some lovely moments from
Strasberg, but over the top heavy handed directing, offensive
stereotypes, and uneven acting throughout.
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