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Alphabet City (1984)

A New York City drug dealer decides to get out of the business, but has to flee from mobsters.

Director:

Amos Poe

Writers:

Gregory K. Heller (screenplay), Amos Poe (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Spano ... Johnny
Michael Winslow ... Lippy
Kate Vernon ... Angie
Jami Gertz ... Sophia
Zohra Lampert ... Mama
Raymond Serra Raymond Serra ... Gino (as Ray Serra)
Kenny Marino Kenny Marino ... Tony
Daniel Jordano ... Juani
Tom Mardirosian ... Benny
Christina Marie Denihan Christina Marie Denihan ... Baby Renee
Tom Wright ... Chauffeur
Bruno Damon Bruno Damon ... Mama's Friend
Clifton Powell ... Ramon
Richard Bassett Richard Bassett ... Preppie
John McCurry John McCurry ... Junkie / Guard #1
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Storyline

A New York City drug dealer decides to get out of the business, but has to flee from mobsters.

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Taglines:

At 19, they gave him the streets. Tonight, they're going to take them back.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1984 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

ABC-város See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,172,292, 6 May 1984

Gross USA:

$7,035,585

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,035,585
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Project was originally supposed to be black and white because director Amos Poe's favorite film at the time was The Battle of Algiers (1966), so he wanted to make "The Battle of Algiers (1966) in the Lower East Side". The producers did not agree. See more »

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(at around 1h 19 mins) Shadow of camera visible. See more »

Soundtracks

Ready To Break
Written by Nile Rodgers
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Good, but only because of the car.
26 September 2002 | by bfaulguySee all my reviews

Everyone gives this movie a bad rating, but it somehow managed to keep me entertained. However, I'm a car nut, so that of course plays into the level of enjoyment I had watching the film. In this movie, Johnny Chunga (Vincent Spano) plays a heroin dealer for the mob, and spends much of his time cruising the lower Manhattan area conducting this business. Why I like it: He drives a white 1983 Pontiac Trans Am "Pace Car". These cars were actually limited production firebirds (approximately 2500 built) that commemorated the 25th Daytona 500 race, and the 15th anniversary Firebird. They were loaded with all options to include smooth "aero" wheels, power everything, and Recaro seats. Johnny's even has a vintage cellphone! The car is on the video cover, so that's why I rented it. But I do like the early 80's soundtrack by Nile Rodgers, and would greatly appreciate any leads to find a copy of the soundtrack, or songs from it. The sound effects guy from Police Academy (Michael Winslow) is also in this movie doing what he does best. Thats about it. If you don't like "B" movies, don't watch it. If you're into Firebirds, it's worth renting.


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