1 hour, 48 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for bloody violence throughout, strong sexuality, nudity, drug content and pervasive language.
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.
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
| 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
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. The 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.