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Brooklyn's Finest (2010)

Richard Gere , Don Cheadle , Antoine Fuqua  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes
  • Directors: Antoine Fuqua
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Overture Films/Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0034G4OSG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brooklyn's Finest" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind the Scenes Featurette – Conflict & Chaos: Life as an Undercover Cop
  • The Boyz In The Real Hood
  • From the MTA to the WGA: Writer Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary with Director Antoine Fuqua

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Fans of the grit of HBO's The Wire, as well as of the mean-streets story intersection plot of Crash, will find a lot to like in the intense crime drama Brooklyn's Finest. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) with a sure hand, Brooklyn's Finest follows three NYPD cops who come from very different places (geographically and personally) as their lives, and the compromises they have made daily to coexist with the mean streets of Brooklyn, dovetail to a climax that will have viewers on the edge of their seats. Fuqua has assembled a stellar cast here, including Richard Gere, a veteran cop just a week from retirement; the always amazing Don Cheadle, an undercover officer whose loyalties to the force may be compromised by his growing loyalties to the groups he's infiltrating; and the film's true revelation, Ethan Hawke, a young corrupt cop whose morals make the stomach turn, though Hawke's performance is nuanced and riveting. Supporting cast members include Wesley Snipes as a badass gangster whom even the police have second thoughts about messing with. Other great performances are turned in by Vincent D'Onofrio, whose wooden delivery works here to make his character all the more menacing; Lili Taylor; and a ravishing, world-weary Ellen Barkin. The action is propelled along by the great performances, the excellent cinematography, Fuqua's deft direction, and the moody score by Brazilian composer Marcelo Zarvos. If the plot is a little far-fetched, even for a crime drama, the stellar performances more than make up for it, making Brooklyn's Finest one of Fuqua's, and certainly Hawke's, finest.

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Something of a genre homecoming, Antoine Fuqua's latest film once again finds him delving into the gritty, brutal realm of cops and crooks—as he did in Training Day. Tango is an undercover officer on a narcotics detail that forces him to choose between duty and friendship. Having been to hell and back, he wants out, but the powers that be won't let him quit. Family-man Sal is a detective tempted by greed and corruption. He can barely make ends meet, and now his wife has an illness that threatens the life of their unborn twins. Eddie is nearing retirement age and has long since lost his dedication to his job as a cop. He wakes up every morning trying to come up with a reason to go on living...and he can't think of one. Fate brings the three men to the same Brooklyn housing project as each takes the law into his own hands. Crosscutting between multiple subplots, Brooklyn's Finest unfolds violently and passionately as coiled, constantly roving cinematography contributes a measure of unease to the underworld action.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding NY Police Drama March 13, 2010
Format:DVD
"Brooklyn's Finest" is a remarkably entertaining and well-acted police drama from director Antoine Fuqua, who also directed the also outstanding police drama, "Training Day."

The film focuses on three very different Brooklyn cops over the course of a week. Richard Gere plays Eddie, a hardened veteran just a week away from retirement. He has nightmares, he's separated from his wife, and he's just biding his time until his retirement. Ethan Hawke, the hero of "Training Day, plays a narcotics detective desperate to finance a new home to give a better life to his wife, children, and twins on the way. Don Cheadle plays Tango, an undercover cop, who is so deep undercover that he forgets who he really is, and to make matters worse, he now has to setup a high-level drug dealer who saved his life while he was undercover in prison.

These examples of Brooklyn's Finest are all living on the edge, and they all go over the edge one way or another. The acting from these three is superb. Their performances along with Wesley Snipes as the drug dealer, Brian F. O'Byrne as Hawkes' best friend and partner, Shannon Kane as Eddie's hooker with a heart of gold, and a number of others, make this a very enjoyable, but powerfully sad and tragic film.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Cop Drama With A Great Cast March 8, 2010
Format:DVD
Brooklyn's Finest is about three cops working in different units in the NYC police department, who struggle with the perils of the crime-infested streets, particularly the drug trafficking operations.

Ethan Hawke delivers probably his best performance to date. He plays Sal Procida, a NYPD narcotics officer who's a devout Catholic with mostly good intentions, but is plagued with his own demons as he chases after ruthless drug dealers while struggling to support more kids at home than he can afford on a cop's salary.

Don Cheadle plays the role of "Tango", an ambitious undercover cop working double-duty on a drug sting operation. He's burned out and wants out of the game before it's too late, but he's in too deep and the powers that be on the corrupt police force won't let him escape. Ellen Barkin plays the hard-ass boss lady in charge of the sting operation. She has Cheadle by the balls and couldn't care less about his survival.

Richard Gere plays Officer Dugan, a washed-out, suicidal veteran cop who is just a week away from retirement. His goal (aside from enjoying the services of a certain "professional" whom he likes more than he should) is to maintain his sanity, keep his nose clean and keep his rookie cop partner under control for just a few more days so that he can cash in on his pension with a little pride. But as it turns out, his last week on the job is probably the worst of his entire career.

Wesley Snipes returns to the big screen as the smart, ruthless drug lord "Caz" running the streets of Brooklyn. He's been in the game for too long as well and appears to be losing his "street cred", as he doesn't know who to trust anymore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of "The Wire" Will Enjoy Brooklyn's Finest March 5, 2010
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Format:DVD
It's been almost a decade since Director Antoine Fuqua treated us to Training Day, and Brooklyn's Finest proves that he still has the goods. While not destined to become the fan classic that Denzel helped deliver, Brooklyn's Finest offers up an excellent cast and an explosive ending.

Don Cheadle, as an undercover cop, gives a terrific performance while continuing to prove himself as one of Hollywood's most underrated actors. It was also amazing to watch Ethan Hawke as a corrupt officer, but unlike Training Day's Alonzo, you really feel his vulnerability. He's thrown into a pressure cooker early into the film, with tension so real that you can almost touch it. If you're a diehard fan of HBO's The Wire like myself, you're going to love the casting of Michael K. Williams (Omar Little) and Hassan Johnson (Wee-Bey) as Brooklyn dealers, and Isiah Whitlock Jr (Senator Clay "Sheeee*t" Davis) as a city investigator. Wesley Snipes gives a great New Jack City throwback performance as drug kingpin Caz. Richard Gere plays the role of a weathered cop to perfection, despite being handed a script filled with one too many police flick cliches.

Brooklyn's Finest starts especially slow, but really picks up steam past the film's halfway mark. The cinematography and directing are both on point, and Fuqua's use of lighting is excellent. Brazilian composer Marcelo Zarvos (Sin Nombre) did a great job with the score, and the rest of the soundtrack fits perfectly (particularly the Busta Rhymes track during a stash house raid). And like The Wire, police bureaucracy is exposed, corruption is revealed, and the streets take no prisoners.

The film gets four stars instead of five, simply because there are one too many cliches, and the "Crash" concept isn't anything new.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, gritty drama August 16, 2010
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I enjoyed Brooklyn's Finest, although I did have a few complaints which I will list first. The three storylines were rather distinct, and other than by location, they were not linked. I would have preferred to see more interaction between the characters other than random chance meetings on the street, but I think the storyline still works in the manner in which it was presented. Additionally, the movie didn't need to be set in Brooklyn, and Brooklyn played no significant part in influencing the storyline, other than providing public housing projects for the drug-ridden backdrop.

Onto the movie itself; it's a melancholy drama, depressing and dark. The cinematography underscores the gritty nature of the BK projects, and the lives of those affected by the drug trade. The three main characters, Gere, Hawke, and Cheadle, are effective in portraying their respective characters. Some have said that Cheadle's character was the most sympathetic, but I found all three storylines to be engaging. Wesley Snipes makes a welcome addition- I think this was Snipes' first movie following his tax evasion sentencing.

**SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW**

The DVD contains a few deleted scenes, which in my opinion, were rightfully deleted. One of the scenes shows Don Cheadle's confrontation with the NJ State trooper in more detail. The deletion of this scene better enhances the tension in Cheadle's character when he describes his inner conflicts to his superior, Bill. Another one of the deleted scenes ties up some of the loose ends. Snipes' character is shown alive (unbelievable glad they deleted this) and Richard Gere's character is shown enjoying his retirement in Connecticut. I prefer the ambiguous ending of the original.

Watch the featurettes for some interesting background on the characters, as well explanation of the on-site filming in the Brooklyn Projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
With the great cast of actors and story, this movie is a must watch. Its not a chick flick but good no the less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Indeed!
I have always felt that this movie was just as good, if not better than Training Day....let me take that back, because Denzel Washington makes just about any movie 5-Star level! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cop Action and Gritty.
A short review! A great thriller and Cop Drama, Starring Richard Gere and Don Cheadle, this movie is about how three policeman lives are different but crosspaths with each other.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wow
this is one of those movies where you aren't sure what is going to happen and when it does its shocking! cop drama
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Does this blu ray come with a slipcover?? I saw the dvd does....and it...
I'm not sure if Brooklyn's Finest has a slipcase, but I do know that Walmart takes the slipcovers off and throws them away so they will fit in the plastic cases.
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