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Dark Streets (2008)



Critic Consensus: Dark Streets is a film noir musical that's too gimmicky for its own good.

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A naïve playboy investigating the suspicious death of his wealthy father finds his charmed life as owner of the hottest nightclub in town suddenly spiraling into disaster in this shadowy film noir fever dream from director Rachel Samuels. Gabriel Mann, Bijou Phillips, Izabella Miko, and Elias Koteas headline the film, which features music by Aaron Neville, Etta James, Dr. John, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, and more.
R (for some sexual content, drug use and brief violent images)
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Gabriel Mann
as Chaz Davenport
Bijou Phillips
as Crystal Labelle
Izabella Miko
as Maddie Bonderont
Elias Koteas
as The Lieutenant
Michael Fairman
as Nathaniel Davenport
as Prince Royale

Critic Reviews for Dark Streets

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (11)

An unwieldy combination of film noir and film musical, Dark Streets doesn't manage to be effective on either level.

December 22, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Dark Streets has atmosphere coming out its ears, but not much going on between them.

December 12, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

I love musicals, but I'd be hard-pressed to recommend this curiosity.

Full Review… | December 12, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

Dark Streets lost me early, real early, like still-adjusting-my-eyes-in-a-dark-theater early: Welcome to the blues, growls the entertainer with the mohawk and the full-length ringmaster gown.

Full Review… | December 12, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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Rachel Samuels' thin, affected jazz-age noir Dark Streets is worse than most, grafting an indifferent series of twists and double-crosses onto a blues-nightclub backdrop that overwhelms the foreground.

December 11, 2008
AV Club
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So obsessed with mimicry it's practically a tribute band of a movie.

Full Review… | December 11, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Dark Streets


Great performances, great jazz history, great dirty politicians. I really enjoyed this one, but what a tragic ending for our naive club owner.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] I liked the wild ambition of this odd musical. Surely not for everybody, but I got a kick out of Elias Koteas' supporting role.


Way much better than I thought. Particularly good at photography (together with the beautiful sets & props), the musical numbers, with the successful building-up of the moody 1930s environment. The story & narrative are still the weakest links however. A wonderfully-acted Bijou Phillips once again.


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