Brooklyn's Finest

Brooklyn's Finest

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Director: Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Antoine Fuqua, Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke

     
 

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Training Day director Antoine Fuqua takes viewers on a dark ride through the streets of Brooklyn, following three New York Police officers as they wrestle with temptation, loyalty, and duty while attempting to uphold the law and deal with the pressures of the job. Eddie Dugan (See more details below

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Training Day director Antoine Fuqua takes viewers on a dark ride through the streets of Brooklyn, following three New York Police officers as they wrestle with temptation, loyalty, and duty while attempting to uphold the law and deal with the pressures of the job. Eddie Dugan (Richard Gere) is days away from retirement, but he's been burnt-out for years. Unable to remember why he signed up for the job in the first place, all Eddie can think about is retreating to his fishing cabin in Connecticut, and forgetting the horrors that he's seen during his decades on the job. At the same time, undercover narcotics cop Clarence "Tango" Butler (Don Cheadle) is right in the thick of it. As hard as he tries to quit, however, his superiors always find a way of keeping him on the job. Much like Dugan, he's lost sight of his priorities, and these days Tango's loyalties seem to lie more with notorious inner-city drug dealer Caz (Wesley Snipes) than with the boys in blue. And Tango isn't the only cop who's being drawn to the dark side of the law; narcotics officer Sal Procida's (Ethan Hawke) wife is currently pregnant with twins, and he's barely making enough to keep his family afloat. When Sal learns that his wife is at risk of losing their unborn children, desperation drives him to consider unethical means of ensuring financial stability. In seven days, the lives of all three officers will converge at one crime scene as the NYPD attempts to clean up the BK projects, the epicenter of lawlessness in the highest-crime precinct.

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In Brooklyn's Finest, director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) paints a brutal picture of the volatile world of one of New York City's most dangerous precincts, where law meets crime and the line between right and wrong is blurred. The film follows the lives of three conflicted New York City police officers as they navigate the seedy underbelly of a rough area of Brooklyn plagued by drugs, prostitution, and corruption. Burned-out veteran Eddie Dugan (Richard Gere), days from his retirement, just wants to take his pension and move to a fishing cabin in Connecticut. Narcotics officer Sal Procida (Ethan Hawke) finds that there's no line he won't cross to provide his family with a better life and save his long-suffering pregnant wife and kids from squaller. Clarence "Tango" Butler (Don Cheadle) has been undercover so long he fears he may never crawl out of the dark hole he's burrowed himself into. With pressure bearing down on them, each man faces daily tests of judgment, loyalty, and morality in one of the city's most dangerous professions. Brooklyn's Finest is reminiscent of similar cop dramas such as Serpico, New Jack City, and even HBO's The Wire (though not as brilliant), and for a while the film starts off as a promising crime drama about three police officers driven to extremes in order to do their job. Fuqua brings the same kind of soulful intensity and gritty realism that characterized his previous inner-city tale Training Day, but this time abandons the simplicity for a more complex and claustrophobic narrative filled with tortured souls. Where Brooklyn's Finest falters is in the script, written by first-time screenwriter Michael C. Martin. As gritty cop dramas go, Martin does an OK job of hitting all the major plot points, but as the film moves inexorably toward its climax, where the three storylines finally intersect, it feels more or less out of necessity than inevitability that they converge and leaves the audience to wonder why they were all part of the same movie in the first place. What saves the film from being just another mediocre cop movie are the performances from an all-star cast. Hawke is convincing as the cash-strapped, twitchy family man just desperate enough to steal drug money. With his grizzled demeanor and brooding mentality, Hawke brings just enough suspense to make the audience wonder will he or won't he. Cheadle is surprisingly convincing as conflicted undercover police officer Tango. He wants to get out of the world he's entrenched in and live the dream with a comfy desk job, but his loyalties have started to shift from his fellow police officers to the drug dealers he now sees as family. The most interesting relationship in the film is between Tango and Caz (played by Wesley Snipes), who formed a bond while in prison (Tango was undercover) and carried that brotherhood to the streets. Snipes turns in a solid performance as the formerly incarcerated drug kingpin who wants to score one last time and disappear from his old life, and it's delightful to see Cheadle and Snipes play off each other. The weakest storyline of the film, however, is that of alcoholic veteran Eddie, and though Gere consciously makes an effort to portray a man whose lack of enthusiasm for each day is evident, that listlessness translates to his performance and leaves the audience to wonder whether the film would be better off without him. The supporting cast includes a cameo by Vincent D'Onofrio as a shifty corrupt cop and Ellen Barkin as a foul-mouthed FBI agent, whose performance is completely unexpected but definitely welcome. Brooklyn's Finest isn't the greatest cop drama. At its best it's a character-driven story of desperate men doing desperate things in desperate situations; at its worst, however, it reveals itself as a film riddled with clichés and happenstance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2010
UPC:
0013132140490
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:12:00
Sales rank:
39,917

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Gere Eddie Dugan
Don Cheadle Clarence "Tango" Butler
Ethan Hawke Sal Procida
Wesley Snipes Caz
Ellen Barkin Actor,Agent Smith
Vincent D'Onofrio Carlo
Brian F. O'Byrne Ronny Rosario,Actor
Will Patton Actor,Lt. Bill Hobarts
Lili Taylor Actor,Angela
Michael Kenneth Williams Red
Shannon Kane Actor,Chantel
Wass W. Stevens Det. Patrick Leary
Armando Riesco Det. George Montress
Wade Allain-Marcus C-Rayz
Logan Marshall-Green Melvin Panton
Hassan Johnson Beamer
Jas Anderson K. Rock
John D'Leo Vinny
George DeNoto Vito
Alison Cordaro Vicky
Francesca Carchia Lynette
Raquel Castro Katherine
Stella Maeve Cynthia
Gwen Stith Myeisha
Joshua Thompson JoJo
Bruce MacVittie Father Scarpitta
Robert John Burke State Trooper #1
Jerry Speziale Captain Geraci
Sarah Thompson Sarie
Sarah Thompson Sarie
Rodney "Bear" Jackson Suspicious Man #1
Cle "Bone" Sloan "The Dragon"
Michael Pemberton Captain Jenkins
Zaire Paige Man Man
Gregory Young Wiz
Randy Eastman J-Mill
Thomas Jefferson Byrd Uncle Jeb
Alain Lautre Kid With Braids
Joseph Adams Doctor
Alok Tewari Pakistani Man
Matlok Student
Zachary Fuqua Z-Man
Lela Rochon Investigator #1
Ed Moran Investigator #2
Isiah Whitlock Investigator #3
Leonid Citer Union Rep
Nicoye Banks Slim
Tobias Truvillion Gutta
Tawny Cypress Allisa
Jeanine Ramirez Reporter
Rosalyn Coleman Crying Mother
Paul Diomede Arguing Man
Diana Bologna Arguing Woman

Technical Credits
Antoine Fuqua Director,Executive Producer
LuAnn Claps Makeup
Elie Cohn Producer
Suzanne Smith Crowley Casting
Boaz Davidson Executive Producer
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Danny Dimbort Executive Producer
Robert Greenhut Executive Producer
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
Basil Iwanyk Producer
Brad Caleb Kane Screenwriter
Jesse Kennedy Executive Producer
John Langley Producer
Avi Lerner Executive Producer
Michael C. Martin Screenwriter
Patrick Murguia Cinematographer
Joe Napolitano Asst. Director,Co-producer
Jeanne O'Brien Associate Producer
Juliet Polcsa Costumes/Costume Designer
Kat Samick Co-producer
Maurice Shell Sound/Sound Designer
Trevor Short Executive Producer
John Thompson Producer
Barbara Tulliver Editor
Mary Vernieu Casting
Mary Viola Executive Producer
Marco Weber Executive Producer
Joe White Sound Mixer
Marcelo Zarvos Score Composer

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Scene Index

Audio commentary with director Antoine Fuqua; Chaos & Conflict: The life of a New York cop; Boyz N the Real Hood; An Eye for Detail: Director featurette; From the MTA to the WGA: Writer featurette; Deleted scenes; Three Cops and a dealer: Character profile

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