Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989)

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Produced for theatrical released by PBS' American Playhouse, Bloodhounds of Broadway is not exactly a remake of the 1952 film of the same name, though both pictures use the same Damon Runyon stories as inspiration. The scene is Broadway: the time is New Year's Eve, 1928. Madonna plays small town girl-turned-hoofer Hortense Hathaway, who loves gambler Feet Samuels (Randy Quaid) more than somewhat. Since it is known far and wide that Feet has not a penny to his name, he must find some way to pay off his debts in a hurry. So he offers to sell his huge feet to a demented-an operation which will, alas, cost Feet the use of his life. Upon waking up to the fact that Hortense loves him, Feet decides that he prefers breathing to pushing up daisies. Meanwhile, a society doll named Harriet MacKyle (Julie Hagerty) turns on the spigots when her pet parrot is laid low by a clumsy gunman. And while all this is transpiring, high-roller Regret (Matt Dillon) has to beat a murder rap. Even while Regret is sweating it out, "The Brain" (Rutger Hauer), who is bleeding profusely after confronting the business end of a shiv, searches high and low for someone willing to donate blood to save his life. If you can, keep an eye out for author William Burroughs as a butler. Bloodhounds of Broadway was the first non-documentary effort of filmmaker Howard Brookner-and the last, since he died before the film was released. To gloss over the film's plot holes, the distributors added a Winchell-like narrator to the proceedings, courtesy of actor Joseph Sommer.
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PG (violence)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Matt Dillon
as Regret
Steve Buscemi
as Whining Willie
Randy Quaid
as Feet Samuels
Madonna
as Hortense Hathaway
Fisher Stevens
as Hotfoot Harry
Rutger Hauer
as The Brain
Julie Hagerty
as Harriet MacKyle
Jennifer Grey
as Lovey Lou
Esai Morales
as Handsome Jack Maddigan
Alan Ruck
as John Wangle
Michael Wincott
as Soupy Mike
Richard Edson
as Johnny Crackow
Dinah Manoff
as Maud Milligan
Tony Longo
as Crunch Sweeney
Stephen McHattie
as Red Henry
Josef Sommer
as Waldo Winchester
Cathryn de Prume
as Showgirl
Tony Azito
as Waiter
Ethan Phillips
as Basil Valentine
John Rothman
as Marvin Clay
Gerry Bamman
as Inspector McNamara
Sara Driver
as Yvette
Howard Brookner
as Daffy Jack
Mark Nelson
as Sam the Skate
Leonard Termo
as Goodtime Nate Fishkin
Googy Gress
as McGinty
Anita Morris
as Missouri Martin
Tamara Tunie
as Cynthia Harris
George Ede
as Judge Witherspoon
William Murray Weiss
as Joey the Toothpick
Madeleine Potter
as Widow Mary
David Youse
as Busboy
Jane Brucker
as Charlotte
Graham Brown
as Doc Frischer
Robert Donley
as Doc Bodeeker
Nicole Burdette
as Woman on Corner
Patrick Garner
as Rodent Ralph
Ed Zang
as Hymie Weisberger
Shelly Abend
as Long George
Linda Beausoleil
as Showgirl
Black-Eyed Susan
as Minnie the Shrimp
Helmar Augustus Cooper
as Brother Divine
Grant Forsberg
as Cab Driver
Cynthia Friberg
as Showgirl
Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks
as "300 Club" Musician
Lorien House
as Showgirl
Katherine Monick
as Bobby Baker
Dana Pinchera
as Showgirl
Veryle Rupp
as Whitey
Herschel Sparber
as Big Shelley
Lynette Tompkins
as Showgirl
Tobin Wheeler
as Fleming Meeks
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½

***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Not bad, but not that great either. The Cotton Club is a much better period piece during the same era.

Pete Skeris
Pete Skeris
½

I think the film had too many characters to really get in depth with any of them - that was my biggest complaint about it. I got the movie for my Madonna collection, and other than the singing, it was kind of a different character than what she normally plays - so it was definately enjoyable to see that.

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