Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless Brooklyn

DVD - 2020
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In 1950s New York, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2020]
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD DRAMA MOTH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (144 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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stevania_k
Nov 16, 2020

The plot is kind of heavy and slow pace. The ending is good, acting is good, cinematography isn't bad so I give 3.5.

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linder55
Nov 15, 2020

Loved this movie! The costumes are accurate for the period, and beautifully designed. The music is almost another character in the film.
Beautifully done.

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arati
Oct 22, 2020

Outstanding film, especially Edward Norton’s acting and the gorgeous music. Best movie I’ve seen in a long time. Highly recommend.

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Oct 19, 2020

Edward Norton plays his part well. Bruce Willis is around for most likely 5 minutes maximum. But personally, I found this movie a total waste of a night, I just did not get into it at all.

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2greyts
Oct 10, 2020

Pay attention. The title is explained... once. Edward Norton is excellent.

JCLBetM Sep 30, 2020

A slow start, but an intriguing film by the end. Norton wrote the adapted screenplay, directed, and starred in it - a job well done all around. By resetting the story in the 1950s, he gives a little breathing room from the news of today while also shining light on ways we got to where we are now. The way music overtly winds throughout the film (Thom Yorke + jazz!), and even mirrors the main character's tourettes, adds an innovative layer to the story worth seeing(hearing).

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dsw3914
Sep 25, 2020

Good movie I think. Not the best ever but if I had paid to see it, I would not have been upset. I like noir style and I think this fits for sure. Good big-city political intrigue and some private eyes, a couple of dames, and a few heavy's!!. The speech by Moses (Baldwin) at the swimming pool near the end made me think of a certain someone very much in the news today and how his thinking might go a lot of the time.

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richmole
Sep 25, 2020

Not a doubt in my mind that this is one of the best movies I'll see this year (2020)--and I see a lot of movies.

When I realized--through end credits--that Ed Norton not only acted as lead character, but wrote and script and directed the feature I was stunned. Just his PERFORMANCE alone was memorable. This is truly a one-man movie,--and that alone makes it special--and its one that is so layered, with a character so challenging (and challenged), that is truly "one of a kind."

And on quite another level--as "gum-shoe" entertainment--it is superb. Yes, there was a novel (published almost 20 years ago) and back THEN Norton wanted to buy the rights to it. Then took it back 60 years and made it a 50s period piece , because he had learned that there was more than a PI story that he wanted to tell. He wanted to also tell the "dark" story of how NYC became a very modern city, a transition that wasn't pretty, wasn't legal, wasn't sensitive to race and human rights. THAT's the other story. And then, there's third story, of how music allows people to function in spite of their afflictions.

Fine performances by a superb cast--even in small supporting roles. Watch, especially, Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk's Chalky White) as the trumpet player and Tony-award winning Cherry Jones as the urban activist.

And the movie lost money.

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voisjoe1_0
Sep 16, 2020

Somehow I think this could have been a better film. Some critics suggested that it was a poor man's Chinatown. I would suggest a very very poor man. I believe that this story could have produced a very good film, but the intensity, mystery, and evil of Chinatown are just missing.

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jazzy4u
Sep 12, 2020

I've followed Ed Norton since he hit the box office with R. Gere. But this whole movie is a real stinker. Kept waiting for 'anything' to happen and it never did. Norton acts out the same Tourette's condition he used in the movie with De Niro in 'The Score' so whenever he went into a fit it broke my concentration by sending me back to the other movie. Boring, filled with nothing but dead end scenes.

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Feb 03, 2020

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whataread
Feb 24, 2020

If you like Edward norton you will love this. This is a story that is complex and longer than most films at 144 minutes. It is rich in details. It does remind me of the movie The Goldfinch, which is detail rich and complex. If you like that sort of movie that makes you think and feel, this it a goodie. It is based on some history of new york city and the housing crisis where people were taken advantage of with little recourse. It is

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jimg2000
Apr 14, 2020

***Spoiler Alert*** Below are bits of an exchange between Paul Lieberman and Lionel Essrog... not all in IMDb:

But I saw the truth on her face and his, the way he looked at her.
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I invoked every principle and value that we had been raised to champion.
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But to serve people, you have to love people.
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This phony "man of the people." When someone isn't seen for what they truly are, that's a very dangerous thing.
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Satisfaction won't unburden a tortured heart.

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