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A gripping tale of three life-long friends struggling with relationships, responsibility and loyalty on the mean streets of 1980 s-era Brooklyn, NY. When the violent influence of the mafia becomes a factor in their friendship, lives will be threatened as the fond memories of the past begin to give way to a potentially grim future.

Produced and directed by Michael Corrente (Outside Providence, American Buffalo) and written by Emmy Award Winning writer Terence Winter (The Sopranos)

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If Brooklyn Rules, a tale about a trio of good fellas making their way through the mean streets of that New York borough, just happens to remind you of the work of Martin Scorsese, you're not the only one. But even if it's not the most original film in cinematic history, director Michael Corrente's 2007 effort is entertaining enough to hold one's attention for most of its 99 minute running time. Michael (Freddie Prinze Jr., who also supplies the voice-over narration), Bobby (Jerry Ferrara, Entourage's Turtle), and Carmine (Scott Caan, son of James) are the kind of punks who stole money from the church collection plate when they were Catholic schoolboys. Cut to the 1980s, when they're in their twenties, still close pals but following divergent paths: Michael, a smart, ambitious Columbia undergrad, plans to become a lawyer, while nerdy skinflint Bobby ("You're so cheap, if you saw a sign that said 'free slaps in the face,' you'd be the first in line," says Mike) hopes to land a gig at the post office, and the narcissistic Carmine is falling in with the wrong crowd, courtesy of Caesar Manganaro (Alec Baldwin), a captain in the Gambino crime family. Needless to say, conflicts ensue, as Michael scores a WASP girlfriend (an underused Mena Suvari), a mob war breaks out (based on real events, including the murder of big boss Paul Castellano and the ascension of John Gotti), violence strikes tragically close to home, and the f-word is employed liberally. Corrente does a nice job of evoking an era in which Billy Idol and Culture Club ruled the airwaves and Cabbage Patch Dolls were all the rage; and writer Terence Winter, a veteran of The Sopranos, has an ear for colorful, pithy dialogue ("That cardigan makes you look like the Italian Fred MacMurray"… "Depressed? She wouldn't be happy sitting in the lap of Jesus"). But a largely unsatisfying ending underscores the fact that Brooklyn Rules is nothing to go to the mattresses for. Extras including commentary by Corrente and Winter and a video accompanying the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil," which is featured on the soundtrack. --Sam Graham


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  • Actors: Freddie Prinze Jr., Alec Baldwin, Scott Caan, Mena Suvari, Jerry Ferrara
  • Directors: Michael Corrente
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: City Lights Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TJBO16
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brooklyn Rules" on IMDb

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Brown on December 22, 2006
Format: DVD
What a movie! It is like a Bronx Tale meets Stand By Me. A Romeo & Juliet/West Side Story combo. From The streets of Brooklyn to the streets of Manhattan. Three friends follow their dream. One follows the path of the street; the wannabe gangster. Another follows the path of the streets via college. And one lost soul is just happy to be the blue collar regular guy. A love story; a story about friendship and loyalty. Freddie Prinze Jr. is fantastic; as is Mena Suvari. Scott Caan reminds us so much of his father in this role. Jerry Ferrara's break out big screen role. Michael Corrente outdid himself with this masterpiece. He has Alec Baldwin back in another good role. And check out the non-speaking doorman; his expressions are priceless. A must see film!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rick Shaq Goldstein on September 27, 2007
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This story starts off with three young boys in a Brooklyn church in 1974. The three friends; Carmine, Michael, and Bobby are played by Scott Caan, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jerry "Turtle" Ferrara. At the 3 minute mark Alec Baldwin enters the movie, and immediately beats up a guy, and throws him down the stairs. Later on he is introduced as Caesar, a captain in the Gambino Family. Alec's performance is top notch in this movie, as one minute he comes across as a ferocious murdering grizzly bear, and the next minute, he's as warm and protecting as a loving big brother. Before the boys even reach their teens they become immune to the violence and crime filled neighborhood they live in. One day on the way home they come upon a car on the shore with a "wacked" man in the front seat. One boy takes the dead man's cigarette lighter, one boy takes a gun out of the glove compartment, and one boy takes a puppy. No further comment is made about the situation.

The movie then fast forwards to 1985, with Michael attending Columbia University, Bobby going nowhere fast, but thinking about taking the Postal exam, and Carmine trying to buddy up to the Mafia, and pulling off a few "strong-arm" jobs. This story really isn't a "Mafia movie", but the Mafia is always lurking on the periphery. There are a number of good quotes that epitomize the "flavor" of Brooklyn: "You invent a better mousetrap here, you get a mousetrap stuck up you're a**!" "There's a big difference between fear and respect!"

This movie is really about a coming of age of three lifetime buddies in Brooklyn. Being that my family is originally from Brooklyn, I can state un-categorically, that the director of this movie has the accents and mannerisms and swagger down pat!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christian Delgado on August 10, 2007
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"Brooklyn Rules," written by Sopranos' writer Terrence Winter, and directed by Michael Corrente, is a masterpiece in it's own right. Semi-based on the true life story of three friends from Brooklyn, NY, this picture shows the world the true meaning of friendship, struggle, and love that is almost untouchable by any other movie I have ever seen. It is brilliantly written and acted out. The stars, Scott Caan, Freddie Prince, Jr., and Jerry Ferrara capture the true culture of Brooklyn and what it means to be from the neighborhood. The supporting cast is AMAZING (Chris Caldovino's portrayal of Philly Cabrese is GREAT)! Everyone MUST see "Brooklyn Rules".
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. Parkinson on August 21, 2007
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I was completely blown-away by "Brooklyn Rules," which is an Oscar caliber, skillful blending of a solid character drama with an in-your-face mob-actioner. Purportedly inspired by real life circumstances for writer Terry Winter (of the "Sopranos" fame), one can only hope that Mr. Winter fictionalized at least portions of it, or hope that the statute of limitations on prior bad acts has since expired. While audiences can always expect a solid performance from Alec Baldwin, I was especially impressed with the acting of Freddie Prinze, Jr., whose previous work in films such as "Scoobie-Doo" did not suggest the level of intensity, conflict and color that he shows throughout "BROOKLYN RULES." Tech credits -- from music to cinematography -- are tops, making this film one of the best indie films in years, perhaps of all time. This is a must-buy collectible movie, that merits repeat viewings, with new dimensions revealed each time. Director Michael Corrente is one of the best in the industry, and "BROOKLYN RULES" proves it beyond any doubt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z. Faruque on November 30, 2007
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Though I won't do a recap as previous reviewers have already done so, this is a thoroughly enjoyable movie that especially appeals to fans of the crime genre. Terrence Winter has done fantastic work in the Sopranos writing many of the best episodes throughout the seasons that include "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Army of One," and "Unidentified Black Males" to name a few. Fans of the Sopranos will fall in love again with the style of dialogue- a masterful balance that examines the meaning of tragedy, betrayal, and friendship. The direction is compelling and the different pieces of the cinematography, score, acting, and script blend beautifully. I suggest buy the dvd, tell your friends, as this may become the next american gangster cult classic.

A Bronx Tale meets the Sopranos meets Stand by Me: film lovers won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Elliano on April 29, 2008
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Should say 4.5 stars. Great cast, great story, believeable script, soprano style action, Characters you like, and others you love to hate, add a mixture of laughs and sadness with heavy belt of drama. Why ruin this story. This is a guys flick true and true and one of the best movies out there to sit down and laugh. Well balanced in all aspects and...hey I don't want to ruin the story. This is a winner. Read my other reviews and get an idea of my taste. (I am also Italian) so if that means anything, enjoy...enjoy...enjoy!!! Why not five stars, because its great, not perfect or what I would call a lifetime best. Close enough.
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