Alphabet City (1984)





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Movie Info

This stylishly photographed drama is set in the Lower East Side area known as "Alphabet City." There 19-year-oldJohnny has become a drug lord in charge of the neighborhood gangs and pushers. Unfortunately, he too has a boss and when he asks Johnny to burn down the tenement building that houses his mother and sister, the boy refuses and decides to go straight for the sake of his wife and child. This doesn't set well with his boss who sends gangsters out to kill him. Of course, the gangsters have to catch Johnny first. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Atlantic Releasing

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Vincent Spano
as Johnny
Kate Vernon
as Angie
Jami Gertz
as Sophia
Ray Serra
as Gino
Billy Anagnos
as Stunt Person
Lisa Loving
as Stunt Person
Amy Gootenberg
as Suicide Squeeze Customer
Webster Whinery
as Stunt Person
Barry Mitchell
as Water Pistol Man
Bob Fuchs
as Bouncer
Cintia Cruz
as La Tropicana Girl No. 1
Nandrea Lin
as La Tropicana Girl No. 2
Tom Wright
as Cahuffeur
Bruno Damon
as Mamma's Friend
Miguel Pinero
as Dealer
John McCurry
as Junkie/Guard No. 1
George Kyle
as Junkie/Guard No. 2
Gary Tacon
as Junkie/Guard No. 3
Luther Rucker
as Junkie/Guard No. 4
Harry Madsen
as Hitman No. 1
Alex Stevens
as Hitman No. 2
Jery Hewitt
as Stunt Person
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Critic Reviews for Alphabet City

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Audience Reviews for Alphabet City


A watchable tale of the streets, though I wasn't ever fully drawn into it - not sure why, it just didn't grab me the way I sort of expected it to. I did enjoy the sketchy '80s era NYC settings though, so that's a definite selling point. Rental?

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

A mostly bad drama about a city of drugs and corruption, and the dealer who wants out. It's a predictable story, it has a couple of high points at least, but overall it's not very good.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Not an awesome movie, but not a totally bogus one either. I really had no sympathy for the main character, but I did feel bad for his wife and kid. The ending is a bit unbelievable, although you feel relieved. I liked that Michael Winslow was in this, but if only they could have let his character be a lot funnier. I know it's a serious drama about drug dealers, but they need to lighten the mood at least once or twice.

Lisa Spader
Lisa Spader

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