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Gravesend (1997)

Thomas Brandise , Tom Malloy , Salvatore Stabile  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Thomas Brandise, Tom Malloy, Michael Parducci, Tony Tucci, Sean Quinn
  • Directors: Salvatore Stabile
  • Writers: Salvatore Stabile
  • Producers: Salvatore Stabile, Daniel Edelman, Mark Ross, Toni Ross
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009MECC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,273 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gravesend" on IMDb

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and disturbing urban drama February 22, 2000
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Gravesend is certainly a fine example of what a talented director can accomplish with a micro budget and a well written screenplay. The editor's review says this film was produced with $5,000 - Blair Witch Project was done with $25,000 more - and in every way Gravesend is superior. From acting to story to direction. *This* is what should have been released nationally in theaters.
The film spans one saturday night and is narrated from time to time by a friend of the four people the film revolves around. "I was glad I wasn't with them that night.." he comments - and he is not exaggerating. An accident in the midst of a fight sends our four "heroes" on a desperate, and inherently flawed, scheme to cover up a death and evade police involvement. The film follows their collision course for tragedy as they scramble to accumulate enough money in 24 hours to pay the only person that can make their problem go away. As the body count rises, it becomes clear that there will be no easy out.
Every so often the narrator will offer little tidbits about the characters as well as reminding us that he's glad he wasn't around for the incident he is describing - heightening the suspense of the story until we come to its brutal conclusion.
The film has a very gritty feel that could best be compared to that of 'Gummo'. Packed with dark hallways lit only by dim bulbs, the darkness of the picture is intoxicating and effectively conveys the theme of hopelessness that the film so graphically displays. One major distinction between Gravesend and Gummo, however, is that Gummo was incoherent trash. Gravesend is a masterpiece of independent film making.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature, explosive, raw, impeccably edited December 28, 2005
This film is about much more than some street punks spouting the F word every 3 seconds and losing control after one of them "accidentally" shoots somebody. I'm putting the word "accidentally" in quotation marks because the shooting that catapults these four guys even deeper into the hell they're already in doesn't strike me as accidental; it strikes me as almost preordained.

The whole film seems like a nightmare in which these young men had been trapped since birth, culminating in a nightmare night that mirrors their nightmare lives, lives beginning and ending in violence because that's how some lives seem destined to begin and end in places like Gravesend.

It's easy for us to sit back and say "well, they had a choice, didn't they?" Too easy for us to say that after the "accidental" shooting these four guys could have chosen to go to the police before things went "too far." From the echo of that first gunshot and the thud of that first body upon the floor, however, things probably had already gone "too far."

Even before the gun is fired "accidentally," it seems to be all over for these four guys to a large extent. The moment I saw one of them waving a gun around during that first scene in the basement, I got this awful feeling in the pit of my stomach that, whether he fired it or not at that particular time, all four of them were doomed ... and then he fired it, and I knew for sure that they were doomed, if not physically then certainly psychologically, though they all still retained a degree of choice in the situation.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Sometimes film don't fit any category, as we can see with 'HATE' and 'Tetsuo: Iron Man'. Although a bit harshly shot (not bad for only a $5,000 budget though!), it is cleverly executed, bringing a stark look to a group of kids who really weren't ready for this...
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4.0 out of 5 stars True story May 7, 2012
Not many are aware but the movie is based on a true story that occured 6/89 in Gravesend, Bk. Tragic accidental shooting of a friend of mine. The movie depicts the event very accurately. Its worth watching. Not available in no stores or other mailorders. Good for the 16-36 range. Email me if your interested in more info on the event or the movie some more.
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