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Brooklyn Rules
Brooklyn Rules
Actors: Freddie Prinze Jr., Alec Baldwin, Scott Caan, Mena Suvari, Jerry Ferrara
Director: Michael Corrente
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2007     1hr 39min

A gripping tale of three life-long friends struggling with relationships, responsibility and loyalty on the mean streets of 1980 s-era Brooklyn, NY. When the violent influence of the mafia becomes a factor in their friend...  more »

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Actors: Freddie Prinze Jr., Alec Baldwin, Scott Caan, Mena Suvari, Jerry Ferrara
Director: Michael Corrente
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: City Lights Home Video
Format: DVD - Widescreen,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 09/18/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 5/27/2016...
I was not sure how the three non-italian actors would carry this mafia movie but they all did it very well and it was pretty entertaining.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 2/6/2016...
It is often intriguing to see "how the other half lives" through movies. I could not imagine living in New York City! Small town life has a romantic feel all its own and the life of gangsters simply would not appeal to me yet this look into that other lifestyle is fascinating I think that's why we love movies! This one is totally entertaining with top quality writing, directing, and especially actors that are among the finest!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Michelle S. (Chelly10s) from W HOLLYWOOD, CA
Reviewed on 10/13/2009...
I enjoyed this movie. It's a good story about friendship and about a guy trying to make something of himself and get out of Brooklyn.

Movie Reviews

One of the best and most believable mob films of all time
E. Parkinson | Los Angeles, CA | 08/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was completely blown-away by "Brooklyn Rules," which is an Oscar caliber, skillful blending of a solid character drama with an in-your-face mob-actioner. Purportedly inspired by real life circumstances for writer Terry Winter (of the "Sopranos" fame), one can only hope that Mr. Winter fictionalized at least portions of it, or hope that the statute of limitations on prior bad acts has since expired. While audiences can always expect a solid performance from Alec Baldwin, I was especially impressed with the acting of Freddie Prinze, Jr., whose previous work in films such as "Scoobie-Doo" did not suggest the level of intensity, conflict and color that he shows throughout "BROOKLYN RULES." Tech credits -- from music to cinematography -- are tops, making this film one of the best indie films in years, perhaps of all time. This is a must-buy collectible movie, that merits repeat viewings, with new dimensions revealed each time. Director Michael Corrente is one of the best in the industry, and "BROOKLYN RULES" proves it beyond any doubt."
Fairly generic mob movie
Roland E. Zwick | Valencia, Ca USA | 03/03/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)


"Brooklyn Rules" is a ho-hum "Goodfellas" knock-off about three lifelong buddies (Freddie Prinze Jr., Scott Caan and Jerry Ferrara) and their involvement with the mafia. After a brief prologue set in 1974, the film moves quickly ahead to 1985, where Mikey, Carmine and Bobby, now in their 20's, are attempting to make their way in a world where a mob boss by the name of Caesar Manganaro (Alec Baldwin) rules the streets with an iron fist. Mikey, the film's narrator, is the one most torn between loyalty to the neighborhood and his pals and a desire to experience life beyond this old familiar corner of Brooklyn. Carmine is the hard-nosed tough guy who wants nothing more than to be a card-carrying member of the Manganaro clan.

Written by Terence Winter and directed by Michael Corrente, the film indulges in just about every mob-movie cliché one could possibly imagine, topped off by corny narration and banal wise-guy dialogue done in barely comprehensible dese-dem-dose accents. The movie earns a few points for at least trying to create a morally complex character in Mikey (though heavily borrowed from Michael Corleone), but the cliched storytelling, lackluster performances and dull writing rob the film of most of its impact. There's a decided lack of energy and urgency in the direction as well, making "Brooklyn Rules" a very minor addition to the mob movie genre indeed."
A Story of Friendship Personified in "Brooklyn Rules"
Christian Delgado | Brooklyn, NY | 08/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Brooklyn Rules," written by Sopranos' writer Terrence Winter, and directed by Michael Corrente, is a masterpiece in it's own right. Semi-based on the true life story of three friends from Brooklyn, NY, this picture shows the world the true meaning of friendship, struggle, and love that is almost untouchable by any other movie I have ever seen. It is brilliantly written and acted out. The stars, Scott Caan, Freddie Prince, Jr., and Jerry Ferrara capture the true culture of Brooklyn and what it means to be from the neighborhood. The supporting cast is AMAZING (Chris Caldovino's portrayal of Philly Cabrese is GREAT)! Everyone MUST see "Brooklyn Rules"."