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Laws of Gravity (1992)

R | | Crime, Drama | 20 August 1993 (UK)
The lives of two incompetent young men from Brooklyn spin out of control after a friend returns from Florida with guns to sell.


Nick Gomez


Nick Gomez
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Greene ... Jimmy
Edie Falco ... Denise
Adam Trese ... Jon
Arabella Field ... Celia
Paul Schulze ... Frankie
Saul Stein ... Sal
Tony Fernandez Tony Fernandez ... Tommy
Larry Meistrich Larry Meistrich ... Pete
James McCauley ... Kenny
Rick Groel Rick Groel ... Kevin
Anibal O. Lleras ... Rey (as Anibel Leirras)
John Gallagher John Gallagher ... Bobby
David Troup David Troup ... Sullivan
Miguel Sierra Miguel Sierra ... Vasquez
David Tuttle David Tuttle ... Ted


Jimmy and Jon are a couple of Brooklyn guys who somehow never found their way into workaday society; they never found their way into big-time crime, either. But that all changes when their old friend Frankie returns from Florida with some guns to sell. In the course of a few very short urban summer days, their lives spin permanently out of control. Written by Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

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Sooner or later, everything goes down.


Crime | Drama


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Shot entirely in Greenpoint Brooklyn New York. Director Nick Gomez also used this location to film New Jersey drive ( 1995). See more »


Crew is clearly visible in the reflections on Frankie's Pathfinder when he first pulls up to Jimmy and Jon. See more »


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Indie Outrages
2 February 2000 | by lordwhorfinSee all my reviews

One of the things that bugs me about indie film-making is that the wrong people make it to step two. Nick Gomez surely should have been able to do more work than "Illtown" and "New Jersey Drive" after finishing this well-crafted, if choppy, urban tale. I liked "New Jersey Drive" a lot, so I guess Nick's getting his recognition through "The Sopranos" at the moment. And why is Mr. Green still only playing psychos and tiny little bit parts, apart from his brilliant work in "Clean Shaven"? At least Adam Trese went on to "Palookaville"!

Ok, so that's more of a rant than a review, and I'll cut to the chase:

If you liked "Bottle Rocket", "Palookaville", or "A Bronx Tale", see this film.

It's an old story, but I'll tell it again:

Guys from bad neighborhoods, against whom the deck is pretty well stacked, get some better-than-usual goods to sell. And sell them they must, under less than ideal circumstances, leading to all sorts of fun and frolic, in a very non-comedic sense. Greene, Trese, Falco, and Schulze stand out. Saul Stein is quite creepy as the face of the "new mob".

This sort of film appeals to me more in its American genre than the current British versions of this story ("London Kills Me", "Lock, Stock", "Twin Town", and "Trainspotting") as the Scots/Welsh/Home Counties vision of petty crime has a heavily injected fantasy slant absent in four American flix cited in my discussion.

Also, these petty-street-crime films are probably (with the exception of John Sayles) one of the few windows into American poverty available in US film right now. The scene in "Laws of Gravity" between minor criminal Frankie and Greene's screen spouse Denise (Edie Falco) on the nature of life and work is brilliant.

lordwhorfin says, go ye forth and rent.

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$38,000 (estimated)
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