Deuces Wild (2002)



Critic Consensus: Melodramatic and weighted down with silly dialogue, Deuces Wild is a forgettable, overheated thriller that leaves no cliche unturned.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Kimatian, Christopher Gambale
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 6, 2002
Box Office: $6.0M


as Bobby

as Freddie

as Father Aldo

as Scooch

as Jimmy Pockets

as Little Jack

as Philly Babe

as Vinnie Fish

as Patty Cugire

as Joey Pants

as Mary Ann

as Stevie Olives

as Young Boy at Pool

as Allie Boy

as Stretch

as Marco's Babe

as Italian Band Member

as Italian Band Member

as Italian Band Member

as Italian Band Member

as Alley Cop

as Feast Barker

as Carnival Patron
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Critic Reviews for Deuces Wild

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (24)

A repellent orgy of gratuitous violence and hackneyed melodrama, Deuces Wild marks a grim nadir for everyone involved.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

It not only promotes every stereotype and invokes every cliché of Brooklyn lore, it combines them all into an insulting composite, fuses that to the chrome-and-fins of the pointless Fifties, and then -- weirdly -- pretends it's Shakespeare.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Skip it. Just fill in the blanks and you too can brew the same bland, goopy mixture.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
Top Critic

A flashback to a heroin casualty on a rain-soaked playground is a crucial visual aid, but any punch-drunk victim of Deuces Wild might prefer the needle to the damage done.

Full Review… | June 3, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

This is a movie that can't say no to a melodramatic opportunity, and whatever verisimilitude inspired Paul Kimatian and Christopher Gambale to write a script based on Kimatian's memories of the gangs has been utterly lost along the way.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Slow-motion shots of swaggering tough guys punctuate this painfully hackneyed gang drama set in late-50s Brooklyn.

Full Review… | March 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Deuces Wild


While this movie is completely ridiculous and corny, it's still fun to see Stephen Dorff being the bizarre person he is. There's actually some really good things about the movie, there's some very decent acting from Brad Renfro and Balthazar Getty, but the majority is just a rip-off of various other gangster movies. There's really nothing that hasn't been seen before and the characters aren't interesting enough to make it memorable. Visually it's pretty bland too.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


Not bad, too cliche at times and predictable resolution, but still not bad. I guess it helps that i'm a sucker for 50s retro stuff. Fairuza Balk also looks hot in some kind of weird way.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


An explosive gangland drama, the best film of it's kind since The Outsiders. An electrifying film that explodes with action and a powerful cast of superb talents and gifted new comers. It has style and groove thats all it's own

Al S

Super Reviewer

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