Dark Streets

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Overview

A naïve playboy investigating the suspicious death of his wealthy father finds his charmed life as owner of the hottest nightclub in town suddenly spiraling into disaster in this shadowy film noir fever dream from director Rachel Samuels. Gabriel Mann, Bijou Phillips, Izabella Miko, and Elias Koteas headline the film, which features music by Aaron Neville, Etta James, Dr. John, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, and more.
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Overview

A naïve playboy investigating the suspicious death of his wealthy father finds his charmed life as owner of the hottest nightclub in town suddenly spiraling into disaster in this shadowy film noir fever dream from director Rachel Samuels. Gabriel Mann, Bijou Phillips, Izabella Miko, and Elias Koteas headline the film, which features music by Aaron Neville, Etta James, Dr. John, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, and more.
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Special Features

Director & Cast Commentary; Deleted & Alternate Scenes; ; Closed Caption
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
"A bullet's kiss is a cold way to meet betrayal." Thus begins Dark Streets, and that line, spoken in a bluesy rasp by Prince Toledo, the film's narrator, and the dark slow-motion imagery that accompanies it, sets the tone for Dark Streets, director Rachel Samuels' hyper-stylized musical-noir pastiche. DP Sharone Meir's images are blurred at the edges, as though they were shot through a veil of smoke and Vaseline. Samuels successfully sets a mood, surrounding her main character, Chaz Davenport Gabriel Mann, with a rogue's gallery of underhanded oddballs and dangerous women. Toledo, as one of the performers at Chaz's nightclub, gives a fresh and charismatic performance, while Elias Koteas delivers an interesting new twist on the menacing weirdo role he's perfected in films like Crash and Exotica. Bijou Phillips playing Crystal, another performer is surprisingly adept, particularly in her slinky musical numbers. The musical aspects of the film generally work well -- no small feat from a relatively inexperienced director approaching the genre for the first time -- and the soundtrack, featuring great New Orleans-based performers like Dr. John, Solomon Burke, and Aaron Neville, helps to further establish the film's sultry mood. Mann is an appealing actor, but he seems a bit boyish for this role. All the flash and style that Samuels musters makes the film fairly engrossing, but the script, with its convoluted but predictable plot and its clunky dialogue, can't match the film's visual and musical force. While it's acceptable stylization for the images to be blurry around the edges, the script needs to be sharper.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • UPC: 043396305908
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:24:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,789

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gabriel Mann Chaz Davenport
Bijou Phillips Crystal Labelle
Izabella Miko Maddie Bonderont
Elias Koteas The Lieutenant
Toledo Prince Royale
Michael Fairman Nathaniel Davenport
Technical Credits
Rachel Samuels Director
George Acogny Score Composer
Steffen Aumüller Executive Producer
Andrea Balen Producer
Frank Bollinger Production Designer
Tim Langhorne Brown Songwriter
Claus Clausen Producer
James Compton Songwriter
Corina Danckwerts Producer
Tony De Meur Songwriter
Michael J. Duthie Editor
Anne Goursaud Editor
Wallace King Screenwriter
Sharone Meir Cinematographer
Johanna Ray Casting
Maria Schicker Costumes/Costume Designer
Glenn M. Stewart Original Story, Producer
Keith Young Choreography
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dark Streets
1. Chapter 1 [3:34]
2. Chapter 2 [2:36]
3. Chapter 3 [3:17]
4. Chapter 4 [2:26]
5. Chapter 5 [3:50]
6. Chapter 6 [2:13]
7. Chapter 7 [3:46]
8. Chapter 8 [3:05]
9. Chapter 9 [3:09]
10. Chapter 10 [2:34]
11. Chapter 11 [2:46]
12. Chapter 12 [2:39]
13. Chapter 13 [2:45]
14. Chapter 14 [4:04]
15. Chapter 15 [2:13]
16. Chapter 16 [3:59]
17. Chapter 17 [3:03]
18. Chapter 18 [2:27]
19. Chapter 19 [:50]
20. Chapter 20 [2:23]
21. Chapter 21 [1:54]
22. Chapter 22 [2:26]
23. Chapter 23 [2:28]
24. Chapter 24 [3:24]
25. Chapter 25 [2:28]
27. Chapter 27 [4:21]
26. Chapter 26 [1:26]
28. Chapter 28 [7:54]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Dark Streets
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary: On/Off
         With Director Rachel Samuels, Gabriel Mann and Toledo Diamond
      Deleted and Alternate Scenes
         Play All
         Chaz Watches Audition From Balcony
         Goon Kisses Chaz - Alternate
         Maddy Cries In The Alley
         Uncle Nate Meets Maddy
         Fight At The Burning Car
         Crystal Steals Money From Drunken Chaz
         Prince Talks Poorly Of Chaz
         Chaz Won't Kiss Crystal
         Couple Walks Downstairs And Gets Killed
         Chaz Sees Pale Man In Mirror - Alternate
         Dream Sequence
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Musical Mystery

    Been watching the movie Dark Streets. It's a musical. The last ones I've seen are old movies from the 40's and 50's featuring Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and others of that era. This film is a dark mystery centering around a night club owner trying to make a success. The club features nightly shows of the cabaret variety with beautiful half clothed dancers strutting their stuff with singing and dancing. The gist of the story is the devious uncle has killed the current owners father (his brother) for the ownership rights to the club. Now he is after his nephew in order to acquire the deed to the club. Action is sometimes intense with very good singing and dancing along with several renditions of songs by well known performers, i.e., Natalie Cole, Etta James, and Aaron Neville. This movie contains some sex scenes and depicts drug taking with some violent content. If you are of the puritan class, don't watch. Otherwise, I think you'll like. Rated "R", Released 2008, 4-stars.

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