Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)




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Matty Rich's Straight out of Brooklyn is an unflinching portrait of an African-American family struggling to survive in a Brooklyn housing project. The family's oldest son (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) decides that the easiest way to get his family out of the projects is by robbing a local drug dealer, but that plan turns disastrous when the pusher and his gang track the boy and his family down. Rich was only 19 years old at the time he wrote and directed Straight out of Brooklyn (he also appears as Larry in the film).


Dorise Black
as Ms. Walker
Billy R.
as Gas Station Customer
Joseph Pillonia
as Gas Station Manager
Booker T. Matthews
as Uncle Scotty
J.R. Hill
as Bartender
Walter Meade
as Man in Grocery Store
Soraya Hyppolite
as Woman in Grocery Store
Krystal Davis
as Luther's Girlfriend
David Belgrave
as Grocery Clerk
Albertha Moody
as Secretary in Employment Office
Ulysses Rivers
as Voiceover
William Erskine
as Man in Bar
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Critic Reviews for Straight Out of Brooklyn

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Matty Rich was 19 years old when he made this film, although you wouldn't know it. You'd think he was more like 16 and had watched too much TV.

January 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Awfully difficult to watch outside of its 1991 womb, with its limitations cringe-inducing, reducing a powerful statement of frustration to no-budget After School Special.

May 24, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Though amateurish and technically raw, the film offers a fresh insider's view of the disintegration of one black family, serving as a microcosm of the entire inner-city black community

December 2, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Probes the struggles to keep hope alive in an inner city ghetto

July 20, 2003 | Full Review…

A gritty realistic look at life in the black ghetto.

August 12, 2001 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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