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Running Time:
1 hour, 48 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for bloody violence throughout, strong sexuality, nudity, drug content and pervasive language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A predictable but intense character study of greed, violence and fear in a Brooklyn police precinct.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Audio Commentary with Director Antoine Fuqua; Chaos & Conflict: The Life Of A New York Cop; Boyz N The Real Hood; An Eye For Detail: Director Featurette; From The MTA To The WGA: Writer Featurette; Deleted Scenes; Theatrical Trailer.

CAST:
Richard Gere ... Eddie
Don Cheadle ... Tango
Ethan Hawke ... Sal
Wesley Snipes ... Caz
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Carlo
Brian F. O'Byrne ... Ronny Rosario
Will Patton ... Lt. Bill Hobarts
Michael K. Williams ... Red
Lili Taylor ... Angela
Shannon Kane ... Chantel
Ellen Barkin ... Agent Smith



Brooklyn's Finest
Brooklyn's Finest with Richard Gere  When NYPD’s Operation Clean Up targets the notoriously drug-ridden BK housing project, three officers find themselves swept up in the violence and corruption of Brooklyn’s gritty 65th Precinct and its most treacherous criminals. Burned out veteran Eddie Dugan (Richard Gere "Chicago") is just one week away from retirement, looking forward to a quiet life relaxing in a fishing cabin in Connecticut. Narcotics officer Sal Procida (Ethan Hawke "Hamlet") has discovered there’s no line he won’t cross to provide a better life for his long-suffering wife Angela (Lili Taylor "High Fidelity"), and their seven children. And Clarence “Tango” Butler (Don Cheadle "Hotel Rwanda") has been undercover so long his loyalties have started to shift from his fellow police officers to his prison buddy Caz (Wesley Snipes "Blade"), one of Brooklyn’s most infamous drug dealers. With personal and work pressures bearing down on them, each man faces daily tests of judgment and honor in one of the world’s most difficult precincts.

During seven fateful days, Eddie, Sal and Tango find themselves hurtling toward the same fatal crime scene and a shattering collision with destiny. Eddie (Richard Gere) faces a choice between fading into oblivion and doing something that could really make a difference. Tango (Don Cheadle) finds himself caught in conflict between duty and friendship, being forced to bring down his buddy Caz (Wesley Snipes), to whom he owes his life. So he must either betray his friend or jeopardize his career and reject the promotion he has been working for. Sal (Ethan Hawke), a devout Catholic, also finds himself in dire straits; with two sons and two daughters and twins on the way, he needs to find a bigger house. Since his wife doesn't work, it's tough meeting his bills on his paltry salary, not to mention finding the money for a down payment on the larger house they need. So Sal begins making occasional trips to the dark side. After all, if he comes upon cash just lying around at a drug bust, who's going to notice if some of it goes missing? As Sal's desperation grows, his actions become more bold, and he puts not only his job and reputation on the line, but his life, and those of the other officers as well.

The film directed by Anthony Fuqua ("Training Day") captures the volatile and deadly world of one of New York’s most dangerous precincts through the eyes of the men and women pledged to protect and serve, as they face the wrenching choices that make them Brooklyn’s Finest. T
he acting is uniformly solid. Fine performances abound, and not just from the leads. Wesley Snipes, who hasn't done much in the past ten years, settles into this role as if he was born for it. Vincent D'Onofrio
("Law & Order: Criminal Intent") is terrific in the one-scene cameo that gets the movie off to a rousing start, and Ellen Barkin ("Into The West") is unforgettable as the foul-mouthed, tough-as-nails FBI agent who makes life hell for Tango. It's in large part because of the excellent acting that the derivative nature of Brooklyn's Finest can be overlooked. Fuqua's portrait of Brooklyn is brutal and gritty, and the performances are first rate, if only the characters and their problems had been less predictable. 

 







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