Streets of Gold (1986)



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Klaus Maria Brandauer stars in this drama as Alek Neuman, a one-time boxing champion in the Soviet Union. While he was one of the top-ranked Russian fighters of his day, he was never allowed to box in the Olympics, because the Soviets would not permit Jews to compete on their national teams. Many years later, an elderly Alek is able to emigrate to the United States; he settles in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York, where he makes ends meet as a dishwasher. Alek is depressed and starts sinking into alcoholism until he meets Timmy Boyle (Adrian Pasdar) and Roland Jenkins (Wesley Snipes), two up-and-coming amateur boxers. Alek thinks that the two young fighters have potential, and he offers to coach them. While Timmy and Roland aren't sure at first if they trust Alek (or each other), in time they grow to respect each other, and it looks as if they may make the United States Olympic team -- where they may fight against the Russian team that wouldn't accept Alek years before. Brandauer won critical acclaim for his performance in Streets of Gold, which also featured Wesley Snipes several years before his breakthrough role in Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues.
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Adrian Pasdar
as Timmy Boyle
Wesley Snipes
as Roland Jenkins
Ángela Molina
as Elena Gitman
Elya Baskin
as Klebanov
Adam Nathan
as Grisha
John Mahoney
as Linehan
Pete Antico
as [uncredited] Balsamo
Jaroslav Stremien
as Malinovsky
James Babchak
as Medic at Elena Attack
Daniel O'Shea
as Vinnie
Mike Beach
as Sonny
John McCurry
as Bobby Rainey
Al Bernstein
as ESPN Commentator
Jim Nickerson
as Suvorov
Jeff Ward
as Preston
Peter Antico
as Balsamo
Dan Nutu
as Semyon
Liya Glaz
as Polina
Paul Davidovsky
as Russian Friend
El?bieta Czy?ewska
as Mrs. Peshkov
Marty Denkin
as Ring Announcer
Yacov Levitan
as Mr. Peshkov
Rene Rivera
as Attendant
Paul Herman
as Patron at Gennaro's
Bill Cobbs
as Dishwasher
Nathan Isaacson
as Russian Band
Gregory Holtz Sr.
as Dishwasher
Ramon Rodríguez
as Cook's Helper
Gene Lebell
as Referee at Arena
Kevin Mahon
as Roland's Opponent at Trials
Thomas Mendola
as Neighbors at Tenement
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad
as Timmy's Opponent at Trials
Frank Patton
as Policeman at Tenement
Vern Paul De
as Referee at Trials
Mike Radner
as Ring Doctor
Ramon Rodriquez
as Cooks' Helper
Luther Rucker
as Bouncers at Bootleg Arena
Jack Wilkes
as Policeman at Elena Attack
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

A likable, but hardly compelling story.

Full Review… | August 12, 2008
Top Critic

Director Roth never uses a short jab when he can take a wild swing, usually at the cold inhumanity of Soviet society.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A lot of the film was shot in Brighton Beach, and looks authentic, but everything else is either synthetic or derivative, like the musical score.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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It's a wonder nobody had thought of casting Brandauer as a boxer before -- his work is so full of devilish feints and tricky, misleading expressions.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

A rousing ringside drama with Austrian hunk Klaus Maria Brandauer.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Streets of Gold starts out to make a statement about the kind of person this Russian emigre was, and it ends up using him as the backdrop for a tired Hollywood formula.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Streets of Gold


An absolutely OUTSTANDING tale of still pervasive discrimination that should be told more often --- presented via well-crafted script and rock sold directing, cast, photography and editing. Brandauer, Snipes and Pasdar in top form.


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