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Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn (2013)




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Bobby Baldano, (William DeMeo) is the black sheep of his family. When he gets out of prison after serving a five year sentence, his Father, (Armand Assante) has high hopes of a fresh start for him and coming to work at Joseph Baldano & Sons Contracting, the legitimate and thriving multi-generational family business Bobby's grandfather built up from nothing. But Bobby's a mob connected street thug who gets caught back up in a life of inescapable crime. He has two families - one supportive and loving, the other dangerous and deadly. He must decide between the two families and once he does truths are revealed that Bobby always knew but was too blind to see and too afraid to face. (c) Official Site
R (for adult language and brief nudity)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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as Tyler Moss
William DeMeo
as Bobby Baldano
Armand Assante
as Joseph Baldano, Sr.
Ja Rule
as Willie Davis
Cathy Moriarty
as Sarah Baldano
Louis Vanaria
as Stan 'The Jew' Gerzof
Wass W. Stevens
as Jimmy Vitigliano
Vincent Pastore
as Luigi Leone
Tony Darrow
as Patsy Pirati
Paul Borghese
as Agent Russo
William Sweet
as Agent Benson
Corey "Complex" Roberts
as Joey "The Kid"
Anthony Henry
as Tyrone
Alex Dimenna
as Big Al
Lorraine Ziff
as Eleanor Klein
Steven Maglio
as Stevie "Sinatra"
Christian DeMeo
as Boy on Street Corner
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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

"GoodFellas" is just one of the movies that did this all much better before.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Packing the screen with wiseguy-story regulars - like Vincent Pastore and a limp Tony Darrow, perhaps distracted by his recent legal difficulties - is fruitless when your movie is as pathetically inept as this one.

May 2, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Cathy Moriarty and other Scorsese alums pop up, but these mean streets feel too derivative to thrill.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn's vision of the Mafia comes filtered through a needlessly complex screenplay, as if the creators felt the need to prove they've seen a few Arnaud Desplechin films alongside Goodfellas.

Full Review… | April 30, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Solid performances can't save the film from its banal, convoluted screenplay that leaves no room for interpretation or subtlety.

Full Review… | May 5, 2013
NYC Movie Guru

As far as derivative crime sagas go, Paul Borghese's film might represent the new gold standard of shameless barrel-scraping.

Full Review… | April 30, 2013
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn

Rats. I got no use for them. Bobby is released from prison for doing some time he earned and held his word to his crime family; so once out, he returns to his crime family roots. A lot has changed since he went in, and the new recruits aren't as conservative and the new bosses aren't as tough. Bobby struggles to adjust to his new lifestyle and tries to stay true to his brothers from before he went in...but he may discover they have changed as well... "Please don't spank me..." Paul Borghese, director of Four Deadly Reasons, Searching for Bobby D, From Geek to Guido, Sex on the Saddle, and the upcoming Dinner with the Foodfellas, delivers Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and contains some entertaining characters. The script and acting are average and the cast includes William DeMeo, Armand Asssante, Cathy Moriarty, Ice-T, and Wass Stevens. "What are you, a walking tornado?" I recently came across this on Netflix and randomly added it to my queue. This was better than I anticipated. Some of the scenes could have been better, and some of the characters could have been more dynamic, but I enjoyed the main character and thought William DeMeo did a solid job. Overall, this is worth seeing once but I wouldn't add it to my DVD collection. "It was a distraction...a good one though..." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Quite easily one of the top ten worst movies I've seen in my 38 years. And I grew up when they were making all those cheesy horror movies! This beats Open Water as my top "I'd use this to torture people" movie.

Jay Nicholson
Jay Nicholson

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