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Brooklyn's Finest (2009)

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Three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths.

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Antoine Fuqua
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Eddie
Don Cheadle ... Tango
Ethan Hawke ... Sal
Wesley Snipes ... Caz
Will Patton ... Lt. Bill Hobarts
Lili Taylor ... Angela
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Red
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Ronny Rosario
Shannon Kane ... Chantel
Ellen Barkin ... Agent Smith
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Carlo
Wass Stevens ... Det. Patrick Leary
Armando Riesco ... Det. George Montress
Wade Allain-Marcus ... C-Rayz (as Wade Allain Marcus)
Logan Marshall-Green ... Melvin Panton (as Logan Marshall Green)
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Storyline

In Brooklyn, amid drug deals, violence, casual racism, poverty, housing projects, and corrupt cops, we follow three officers: Tango, African-American, working undercover, believing he's earned a promotion to a desk job but told he has to set up the bust of an ex-con who saved his life; Sal, who'll commit murder to get cash; and, Eddie, the precinct's oldest beat cop, a week to go before retirement, assigned to mentor an earnest rookie. Can this end well for any of the three? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

This is War. This is Brooklyn. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence throughout, strong sexuality, nudity, drug content and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los mejores de Brooklyn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,350,299, 7 March 2010

Gross USA:

$27,163,593

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,719,985
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Tango and Lt. Bill Hobarts meet for the first time in the restaurant, the song "The Great Pretender" by the Platters (1955) can be heard in the background. That can be seen as a reference to Tango's job as an undercover cop. See more »

Goofs

There are several radio call errors. Conversations with neighborhood sector cars usually use the precinct number followed by a alphabetical name, so Eddie's car might be "6-5 Adam" or "6-5 Boy". The response to the dispatcher would be to "Central", not "Central 1". Also, the reference to a "10-10 in progress" is incorrect. A 10-10 in the NYPD radio code is to a possible crime and should carry with it the nature of the crime. And it can't be in progress if it may not be a crime at all. See more »

Quotes

Caz: Fuckin' freedom ain't free.
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References First Knight (1995) See more »

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Written by Amon Flanagan
Performed by Fogg Horn
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A slice of yesteryear
27 April 2010 | by brettchatz-1See all my reviews

Brooklyn's Finest explores the underbelly of police work in some of the most unbecoming neighborhoods. Three police officers who have no connection to one another are going through their own personal crises, until they end up at the same place, at the wrong time.

Richard Gere rehashes his police character role albeit in less than flattering circumstances. This time he's a cop without illusions. He's completing his 22 years on the job and has no expectations about his service or the life awaiting him after retirement. Perhaps his crowning glory is his achievement after retirement.

Don Cheadle another officer is deeply embedded in the drug world. He's being asked to do more than he's prepared to do and eventually he loses his sense of identity. There are only gray lines in this film; everything is marred by malfeasance, violence and scandal.

Ethan Hawke is a man on a path to destruction. His wife is sickly and about to give birth to twins. The house is too small and he can't provide for his family's needs on a cop salary. He takes on more dangerous drug busts and eventually is consumed by his own corruption.

The film is high quality, albeit unrealistic. It glorifies the handgun and over-emphasizes several themes, but it does a good job at captivating viewers' attention


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