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Alphabet City is a worthy showing on TCM????My god! The film is 100% dreck.
- Edward Arnold
I've been trying to find the soundtrack for years.has it been located.please let me no ASAP
B grade actors in a C grade movie
I think TCM only showed this as a curiosity. A small-time drug dealer (Vincent Spano) struggles to escape his life and live out his dreams. He rescues his sister (Jami Gertz) from prostitution by having a stern talk with her, then has a shootout with the mob and steals their drug money so he can run away with his family and achieve their dreams. This film makes the movie of the week or a Lifetime special look like Academy Award stuff, by comparison. There is certainly nothing noteworthy about the film itself, although the cast and certainly the director thought it was a star vehicle... judging from the overlong opening credits sequence and the overblown performances of its actors. The cast is a montage of minor talent that people will recognize from supporting roles in other films that had limited commercial success. After viewing this lemon, you will understand why no one in this movie ever became a star. It certainly doesn't help that every scene in this movie is a cliche. For instance, when Johnny (Vincent Spano) visits his family, we see Dad is a fat drunken slob watching TV on the couch while Mom is an angel ironing his shirts. Someone tell me why a drunken bum needs to have his shirts ironed? The direction is unfocused and overly pretentious. Scenes that are supposed to portray the despair and desperation of street life are so overly melodramatic that the characters appear cartoonish. It doesn't help that the sets are tacky and obvious, the special effects extremely cheesy. They must have been renting that fog machine by the hour. Honestly, there is no point to this movie and no reason anyone should view it. Ever.