Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)




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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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Matty Rich
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On DVD: Oct 7, 2003
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Awfully difficult to watch outside of its 1991 womb, with its limitations cringe-inducing, reducing a powerful statement of frustration to no-budget After School Special.

Full Review… | May 24, 2011

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