Deuces Wild (2002)



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

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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 by mobster Fritzy Zennetti (Matt Dillon). As a vicious gang war heats up that will determine Brooklyn's future, a romance develops between Bobby and Annie (Fairuza Balk), the leader of a girl gang. Deuces Wild co-stars Frankie Muniz, Balthazar Getty, Max Perlich, Drea de Matteo, Deborah Harry, Vincent Pastore, Joshua Leonard, James Franco, and Johnny Knoxville.
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Brad Renfro
as Bobby
Max Perlich
as Freddie
Vincent Pastore
as Father Aldo
Frankie Muniz
as Scooch
Balthazar Getty
as Jimmy Pockets
Matt Dillon
as Fritzy
Alba Albanese
as Brenda
Danny Cistone
as Little Jack
Louis Lombardi
as Philly Babe
Johnny Knoxville
as Vinnie Fish
Mel Rodriguez
as Big Dom
Shamus Murphy
as Patty Cugire
Paul Sampson
as Joey Pants
Maurice Compte
as Maurice
Jackie Tohn
as Mary Ann
George Palermo
as Stevie Olives
Marc Alexander Sferrazza
as Young Boy at Pool
Blake Bashoff
as Allie Boy
Larry Moss
as Pops
Alex City
as Stretch
Stephanie Stenta
as Marco's Babe
Clayton Barber
as Top Hat
Norman Panto
as Italian Band Member
Frank Panto
as Italian Band Member
Tony Doria
as Italian Band Member
Tony Giaimo
as Italian Band Member
Ian Quinn
as Alley Cop
Joe Campana
as Feast Barker
Eric Prescott
as Carnival Patron
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Critic Reviews for Deuces Wild

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (24)

Maybe if the movie had left all the expensive period artifacts, and most of the hackneyed script, on the street corner and let its capable young cast loose, Deuces Wild would have offered the audience a more interesting game.

July 24, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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 17, 2008
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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
Conner Rainwater

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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
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
Al S

Super Reviewer

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