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Story

A beleaguered family feverishly tries to get out intact from New York's notorious Red Hook projects in this micro-budget debut film from writer-director-star Matty Rich. The director deserves attention for simply getting this unrelentingly bleak movie created and then released (as has been well documented, the then-19-year-old Rich had to gather the thinnest of shoestring budgets from friends and various grants); but the genuine passion behind this gangland drama can't disguise the fact that what's being presented here isn't particularly new or innovative. (A much more facile treatment of a similar subject can be found in Boaz Yakin's stunning Fresh.) Despite the impressively gritty locations, honestly pessimistic worldview, and George T. Odom's raw performance as a haplessly abusive patriarch, one can't quite shake the unfortunate feeling that this is a film more notable for its backstory than what actually made it up onto the screen. Rich would later go on to make the considerably more polished, Disney-funded coming-of-age story The Inkwell. --Andrew Wright

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

George T. Odom
Ann D. Sanders
Mark Malone
Matty Rich

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Matty Rich
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 91 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 1, 1991
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 7, 2003
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