Deuces Wild

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Overview

This gang warfare drama is from director Scott Kalvert, whose previous film was the controversial and violent The Basketball Diaries 1995. In the sweltering summer of 1958, Leon Stephen Dorff and Bobby Brad Renfro are leaders of the Brooklyn street gang known as the Deuces. When their brother Alley Boy died from an overdose, the two toughs vowed to keep narcotics out of their turf, but now they're being muscled by a new and more powerful gang called the Vipers, fueled by drug money and led by mobster Fritzy ...
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Overview

This gang warfare drama is from director Scott Kalvert, whose previous film was the controversial and violent The Basketball Diaries 1995. In the sweltering summer of 1958, Leon Stephen Dorff and Bobby Brad Renfro are leaders of the Brooklyn street gang known as the Deuces. When their brother Alley Boy died from an overdose, the two toughs vowed to keep narcotics out of their turf, but now they're being muscled by a new and more powerful gang called the Vipers, fueled by drug money and led by mobster Fritzy Zennetti Matt Dillon. As a vicious gang war heats up that will determine Brooklyn's future, a romance develops between Bobby and Annie Fairuza Balk, the leader of a girl gang. Deuces Wild co-stars Frankie Muniz, Balthazar Getty, Max Perlich, Drea de Matteo, Deborah Harry, Vincent Pastore, Joshua Leonard, James Franco, and Johnny Knoxville.
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Brooklyn in the summer of 1958 was a place where doo-wop blared from candy-store jukeboxes, kids played stickball in the streets, and locals fumed about the Dodgers "doze bums" for having pulled up stakes for the West Coast. But Deuces Wild doesn’t suffuse New York’s most colorful borough in the rosy glow of nostalgia; this operatically violent melodrama unfolds in a '50s Brooklyn where youth gangs fight for control of the streets and play footsie with local mobsters. The Sunset Park neighborhood is dominated by the Deuces, whose charismatic leader, Leo Stephen Dorff, has his hands full. In addition to fending off periodic incursions by the rival Vipers, Leo tries to turn a blind eye to the increasingly intrusive activities of mob boss Fritzy Matt Dillon and keep his hotheaded younger brother, Bobby Brad Renfro, out of trouble. That last assignment proves especially difficult when Bobby takes up with Annie Fairuza Balk, the younger sister of a Vipers big shot. Director Scott Kalvert The Basketball Diaries certainly hasn’t been influenced by West Side Story, or even The Lords of Flatbush; his street toughs are genuinely dangerous kids from dysfunctional families, and their onscreen clashes are hyperrealistic, wince-inducing affairs replete with knives, brass knuckles, and lead pipes. If anything, Kalvert’s been watching westerns like Tombstone -- it’s easy to imagine the Deuces as the Earps, the Vipers as the Clantons, and Sunset Park as the O.K. Corral. The character types may be familiar, but Deuces Wild isn’t your father’s teenage gang movie: It’s a raw, occasionally shocking little film with pitch-perfect performances and vigorous action. Kalvert supplies a commentary track on the DVD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2002
  • UPC: 883904126584
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Dorff Leon
Brad Renfro Bobby
Fairuza Balk Annie
Norman Reedus Marco
Max Perlich Freddie
Drea de Matteo Betsy
Vincent Pastore Father Aldo
Frankie Muniz Scooch
Balthazar Getty Jimmy Pockets
Nancy Ellen Cassaro Esther
Matt Dillon Fritzy
Deborah Harry Wendy
Louis Lombardi Philly Babe
Anna Albanese
James Franco
Johnny Knoxville
Joshua Leonard
Shamus Murphy
Jackie Tohn Mary Ann
Technical Credits
Scott Kalvert Director
John A. Alonzon Cinematographer
Willi Baer Producer
Melissa Barrett Co-producer
Jan K. Bergstrom Set Decoration/Design
Fred Caruso Producer
Michael Cerenzie Producer
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
Marianna Astrom De Fina Costumes/Costume Designer
Adam Druxman Asst. Director
Donna Ekins-Kapner Art Director
Felicia Fasano Casting
Christopher Gambale Screenwriter
Gregory Scott Hooper Set Decoration/Design
Eberhard Kayser Executive Producer
Paul Kimatian Producer, Screenwriter
Shira Levin Associate Producer
Charlie Loventhal Co-producer
Michael R. Miller Editor
Mario Ohoven Executive Producer
Marc Sferrazza Executive Producer
David Snyder Production Designer
Scott Valentine Co-producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Stephan Vonhase Sound/Sound Designer
Marvin Westmore Makeup
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!!!

    Deuces Wild directed by Scott Kalvert in 2002 may have been considered as a 'cliche flick' by most of the critics, but Kalvert had the sense to use amazing actors. Stephen Dorff (Leon Anthony), playing the torn soul for example, brings such promise to the screen. His conflict throughout the movie really showed off his skills. Brad Renfro (Bobby), who played Leon's brother, was amazing as well. He brought his true self to the screem simply because Renfro isn't the calmest person in the world. The chemistry between the two actors was amazing. It was true and really heartfelt. The women in the movie, Fairuza Balk (Annie) and Drea DeMatteo (Betsy), played well with the two male actors. Balk's character played Brad Renfro's girlfriend who also happens to be the sister of a Viper, the gang the Deuces come into contact with. The feel between Renfro and Balk was real. They made the audience feel as if they were really in love. DeMatteo played Stephen Dorff's girlfriend. Dorff and DeMatteo made the audience feel in awe for how much she really loved him. As for the other actors presented in the movie such as Norman Reedus, Matt Dillon, Balthazar Getty, James Franco, Johnny Knoxville, and Frankie Muniz, also brought promise to the screen. They all had chemistry which made the movie more astonishing. I, in particular, loved the movie. It was in the right time setting and everything down to the music and clothing was true. The year of 1958 WAS a time of street gangs. Scott Kalvert did an AMAZING job of making this movie. This movie made me want to see more of each actor. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes tru stories, street gang warfares, and action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fairuza Rules!

    This movie has been one of the very worst reviewed movies of the year, but I disagree. The film does have it's share of corny cliched moments, but so does every other movie out there. The performances were great, especially Fairuza Balk's. She Played Annie, Brad Renfro's girlfriend in the movie. She really made me believe she could be from the 50's and I believed the words she said. She's a great actress. Steven Dorff also did very well... I didn't really like Brad Renfro's performance, but maybe thats just because his scenes were mainly with Balk and Dorff.

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