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Last Exit to Brooklyn [Blu-ray] (1989)

Jennifer Jason Leigh , Stephan Lang  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stephan Lang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Summit Inc/Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0059GVB5I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Hailed as an uncompromising look at life on the dark side, last exit to brooklyn follows a gang of young hoodlums, a down and out call girl, an alcoholic father, and a low level union official as they attempt to survive in the harsh underbelly of lower class 1950s Brooklyn.

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why the Dodgers left Brooklyn April 22, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
It's the 1950s. Under President Eisenhower's administration, everyone has a house in the suburbs, a decent job, a gas-guzzling car, and a basic "Leave It to Beaver" lifestyle.
Not so, said Hubert Selby, in his novel, LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN. For a good deal of the working class, times were still tough. Preyed upon by crime, toyed with by factory owners and unions, and, ultimately, shackled by their own ignorance, the working class had their promise of a white picket fence and primrose garden vacated. In Brooklyn, particularly, things were acutely tough. Manufacturing jobs were on a rapid decline, as companies moved out of town or out of state (which was why those companies remaining in Brooklyn were able to mess with their employees: take it or leave it, was their attitude). At the same time, an influx of immigrants seeking jobs made the hunt for work even more competitive--another bonus for the remaining factory owners. Slums rapidly worsened, so much so that Dodger owner Walter Alston decided his team's future was in jeopardy. L.A. looked like a much safer place for a stadium.
But neither Selby nor director Uli Edel portrayed this working class as merely innocent victims. Neither the book nor the film is a didactic rant about class warfare. The poor had their own vices of greed, brutality, and dissipation. Just about every other scene has someone going through someone else's wallets, union funds or pockets. If they aren't doing that, they're drinking, fighting, or whoring. It's a pretty dismal world. The natural response to this film might be: "Wait a minute. Not everyone working class Johnny-Punchclock guy was a criminal. Most people worked hard and honestly." Of course, this is true but it's not the film's concern.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly good but very disturbing movie. June 11, 1999
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This movie is based on Herbert Selby's cult novel from the early 1960s. The novel traces the lives of some rough urban characters (prostitutes, street hoodlums, transvestites, striking dock workers) in 1950s Brooklyn. Think of this as "On the Waterfront" without the sugar coating. A friend of mine hates the movie because he feels it is nightmarish and lacks a moral center. I like the movie for just this reason, as deep down I think life is that way. The movie is a harsh and uncompromising look at people whose dreams don't work out; in fact, the dreams often explode in the characters' faces. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stephen Lang, Stephen Baldwin, Jerry Orbach and Alexis Arquette are fantastic. Don't watch this with kids or with people with delicate sensibilities---it's violent, sexually graphic, and full of verbal abuse and foul language.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hell of a Film January 5, 2004
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Last Exit to Brooklyn tells a story the way it needs to be told...realistically. This film is not for everyone. If you can't accept the fact that some people do behave like this than this film is not for you. Everyone doesn't live in a fantasy land and Last Exit to Brooklyn shows this. People brought up in conditions like these or who are familiar with people such as this can vouch that people are truly like this in some places. It may not be an excuse for how others act but it is real and this film proves that. This is a powerful, moving film not to be looked upon if you're easily offended out of your own ignorance and live in a rose-colored world. If you have the ability to watch a movie, understand it and be taken in with what the film represents ( without feeling threatened ) then this movie is a keeper. If you can't see that Last Exit to Brooklyn deplicts reality for people other than the super fortunate, rent Sweet Home Alabama because this movie is not for you.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw Look at the 1950s June 8, 2007
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This is a frank filming of the Hubert Selby novel about the brutality of street life in Brooklyn 1952. If you like "happy" films, this isn't for you. But if you appreciate a good dose of realism, the film is remarkable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made, but probably more enjoyable for Selby fans October 8, 2004
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Over the summer I purchased and read Hubert Selby Jr.'s "Last Exit to Brooklyn". It was the first book I had read for pleasure since high school. I also only bought it because the film Requiem for a Dream was astonishing, and because it wasnt at that particular bookstore. Anywho, I read LETB in about a week, which is super fast for me, and was intrigued enough to go out and watch the film.

I had never heard of Uli Edel but was curious to see how well the book was illustrated through film. From the opening shot of the three military men walking through the dark streets to the Greeks to the factory to the strike office, things seemed to have been pulled straight from the book. If you have read the book you know how it can be sometimes quite difficult to read Selby's writing style, considering there are pages upon pages of text in all caps and run-on sentences up the wazoo, so a visual illustration really did a good job of bringing some confusing parts of the book to life.

Jennifer Jason Leigh gave a good performance as the infamous Tralala, Jerry Orbach was always refreshing to watch, but I think I liked the portrayal of Harry Black the best (I think it was Stephen Lang). As in the book, his "chapter", along with Tralala's, were the longest, and the two characters were also the most intertwined in the other stories, so they also got a majority of the screen time in the film. Oh, and Burt Young was well cast, too. He seems to thrive on the grumpy-caring-jerk-semi womanizer type character quite well.

I know others who have read the book or seen the movie have been put off by its unflattering portrait of the Brooklyn working class 60 years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars long live jennifer jason leigh
though everyone was wonderful, jennifer jason leigh steals the film. her heartbreaking tra la la is at once gross and yes poetic. one of the greatest performances by any actor ever
Published 6 days ago by echo12
5.0 out of 5 stars & A good Friend of mine is in it
Classic! & A good Friend of mine is in it!
Published 2 months ago by Rudy
1.0 out of 5 stars Music: 5 stars! Acting and story: 1 star!
This film couldn't possibly receive an acceptable review. It was poorly written, shot and edited, acted and advertised. How wrong can one producer/distributor be? Read more
Published 5 months ago by W. Gaudreau
5.0 out of 5 stars IMPORT, Hard to find:
Good movie from back in the day! A must have for any DVD collector. It has a drag queen in it.
Published 8 months ago by M. Garlotte
5.0 out of 5 stars last exit
this was on my husband's wish list, so it was a gift for christmas we just finished watching it, very good movie
Published 9 months ago by barney
3.0 out of 5 stars I only bought this to watch Jennifer Jason Leigh
It's been awhile since I've watched this so I'm trying to remember what exactly this movie was about. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jman
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, edgy noirish drama.
Fun, edgy noirish drama. Don't bother with the Blu-ray though, it's not appreciably different from standard DVD except in price.
Published 10 months ago by Johnny Reb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
Saw this a long time ago but the video store has been long closed and I could only find this at Amazon. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nathaniel Coe, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars OFFENSIVE BUT ENTERTAINING, A true feel bad movie! I love it!!!!!
Not a feel good movie! This movie does cover A LOT OF TABOO issues! I do not recommend if you get offend easily, this movie will offend some audience members!
Published 11 months ago by jojo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I saw this movie "used" at amoeba for $30 so I was surprised when I saw this for as cheap as it was. The movie came quickly and it was in great condition!
Published 15 months ago by Natasha Padilla
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