Straight out of Brooklyn

Straight out of Brooklyn

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Director: Matty Rich

Cast: Lawrence Gilliard Jr., George T. Odom, Ann D. Sanders

     
 

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Matty Rich's Straight out of Brooklyn is an unflinching portrait of an African-American family struggling to survive in a Brooklyn housing project. The family's oldest son (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) decides that the easiest way to get his family out of the projects is by robbing a local drug dealer, but that plan turns disastrous when the pusher and his gangSee more details below

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Matty Rich's Straight out of Brooklyn is an unflinching portrait of an African-American family struggling to survive in a Brooklyn housing project. The family's oldest son (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) decides that the easiest way to get his family out of the projects is by robbing a local drug dealer, but that plan turns disastrous when the pusher and his gang track the boy and his family down. Rich was only 19 years old at the time he wrote and directed Straight out of Brooklyn (he also appears as Larry in the film).

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As powerful as contemporary inner-city films such as Do the Right Thing and Boyz N the Hood were, the tale of hopelessness in the projects feels even more achingly real on a lower budget. Such is Straight Out of Brooklyn, the remarkable debut from teenage writer/director Matty Rich, so gritty that it looks like a documentary. Shot on a shoestring with a cast of all first-time actors, including the director in a supporting role, the film gets right inside the moments of crisis in a poor African-American family. George T. Odom is menacing as the drunken father, a ranting lout who frequently leaves the family's kitchenware in a pile of rubble when he gets liquored up. His painful ravings are scary, but the real hurt exists within the pregnant silences, as his family waits out the storm, too obedient to do anything but cower. Although the sense of futility dominates, Odom's infrequent happier moments with his teenage son (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) hint at the functional bonds that could exist between them all if they could indeed get "straight out of Brooklyn." The actors all give naturalistic performances, and the young actors in particular (Gilliard, Rich, and Mark Malone) effectively translate their own experiences to generate a sense of youthful bravado and enthusiasm. Rich's point is well made: there's just so little for the characters to be enthusiastic about.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/1994
UPC:
0026359066832
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Hbo Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lawrence Gilliard Dennis Brown
George T. Odom Ray Brown
Ann D. Sanders Frankie Brown
Barbara Sanon Carolyn Brown
Reana E. Drummond Shirley
Matty Rich Larry
Mark Malone Kevin
David Belgrave Grocery Clerk
Dorise Black Ms. Walker
Lawrence Clifford Actor
Krystal Davis Luther's Girlfriend
William Erskine Man in Bar
J.R. Hill Bartender
Soraya Hyppolite Woman in Grocery Store
Booker T. Matthews Uncle Scotty
James Arnold Mayes Man in Bar
James McFadden James
Walter Meade Man in Grocery Store
Albertha Moody Secretary in Employment Office
Robert N. Nash Skeet
Joseph Pillonia Gas Station Manager
Billy R. Gas Station Customer
Ulysses Rivers Voiceover
Fran Sperling Sarah
Joseph A. Thomas Saledene
Ali Shahid Abdul Wahha Luther

Technical Credits
Matty Rich Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Allen Black Associate Producer
Ira Deutchman Producer
Jack Haigis Editor
Lidsay Law Producer
John Rosnell Cinematographer
Harold Wheeler Score Composer

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