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Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless Brooklyn is a movie starring Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Alec Baldwin. In 1950s New York, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend.

Other Titles
Osierocony Brooklyn, Motherless Brooklyn - I segreti di una città, Árva Brooklyn, 布魯克林孤兒, Huérfanos de Brooklyn, Ir Yetoma, Öksüz Brooklyn, Οι Σκιές του Μπρούκλιν, Os Órfãos de Brooklyn, Brooklyn: Sem Pai Nem Mãe, Brooklyn Affairs, マザーレス・ブルックリン
Running Time
2 hours 24 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Mystery, Drama, Crime
Edward Norton
Edward Norton, Jonathan Lethem
Bobby Cannavale, Edward Norton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alec Baldwin
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

In 1950s New York, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend.

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When I first saw the previews for this movie I thought it would be like "take it or leave it" because of the story and the fact that it was going to be some type of "inside baseball" kind of thing. I didn't see a movie like this in a long time, however, I did see "Moonlight" so I had the feeling this would be a fun movie to watch, and it was. It was a movie that kept my interest the whole time and kept me wondering what was going to happen next. It kept me guessing what would happen next and made me think about the whole movie. The plot is good and it does have a twist at the end. I thought the acting was good and the acting and dialogue was great. The acting and dialogue in this movie was the best I have seen since "Moonlight." Also the photography was really good. Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and it's one of my top 10 favorite movies. I rate this movie 7/10.

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I don't know if this is really a "dark" movie, but it sure did give me chills. I'll have to see it again, and maybe write a review of it. The acting was really great, especially the two leads. The story seemed to be about "how life changes you" and "the way we all start to become who we really are". Great story, great acting. This movie is definitely worth seeing. Go see it!

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Pamela Armstrong

I finally watched this movie yesterday (14th February 2014). I have to say, I am impressed. As a Hungarian, I knew the story but I thought I would watch it for the sake of the Hungarian characters and their characters. That was a mistake. I am now determined to watch this movie for the sake of other countries' and peoples' stories. I know that this movie will be a good example of many other movies about this subject. The characters were well portrayed and the plot was neat. But the fact that we never see the Romanian side, is just a non-sense for me. How can you ever know that a person is not Romanian and could know anything about Romania? This is just an example of all the stupid things that Hollywood does when they try to sell something to American audience. I think that this movie is a real proof of how important a movie should be. It does not matter what you are thinking and what your nationality is, you should at least watch it. It is really a good movie but not perfect. 7/10

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Jessica M.

I think that this is a perfect example of a movie that I will watch many times in the future. I enjoyed every minute of it. The setting, the acting, the cinematography, the mood, everything. I give it a 9 out of 10. I feel this is a little bit of a dark movie, though it doesn't really have anything to do with the Holocaust. It's all about the relationship between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Tamara (Charlotte Rampling) and how the film opens with them getting married. The first scene in which they are at the church wedding with Harry's parents is really well done and poignant. They seem like the perfect couple, but Harry's parents were Nazi sympathizers and they try to manipulate Harry into joining their resistance group. After they save the wedding from destruction they are taken to the Gestapo headquarters. Tamara gets threatened and tortured by the Gestapo for no apparent reason. Harry doesn't seem to care and leaves the Gestapo office in order to go to the police station to arrest the Gestapo leader. Harry ends up saving the world from the Nazi invasion, while Tamara, desperate to get away from the Gestapo, finds out where Harry's parents are. She then goes looking for them. I thought that this movie was fantastic. It was different from the other movies I have seen and shows how people can change and make a difference. It makes you think about your own world. I think that this is a very important movie.

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Ryan Curtis

Went to see this at the Greenbrier MovieFest in Virginia last night and it is so much more than the average documentary film. The overall tone of the film is realistic and we all find ourselves as the filmmaker in a similar situation. It is not a top down documentary but rather a part of the film. You actually feel like you are there. I think the most impressive thing about this film is how it was made. It was truly an artistically crafted work. The sound was great, the cinematography was great, the acting was great and the soundtrack was also great. I was really impressed by this film and am looking forward to seeing it again. It is definitely a film you want to see. Highly recommended.

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Julie Ray

Another movie where a movie making crew needs to leave their house to be taken to the same location as a big production. This time it's Brooklyn. The crew is there and this time they are preparing to shoot a movie about the city. They head to their trailer and have trouble getting gas. They turn the engine on and they realize that they have forgotten to pack their own meals. They decide to just have dinner there and take some gas. They go to a gas station but the pumps are not working. The crew starts thinking of the most outrageous way to get the gas. They see a girl smoking a cigarette and the crew laughs at her. Then they see her taking a dump in the road. The crew takes off running and can't get away from the woman. They eventually find the gas station but then they realize they forgot to fill the tanks. The crew decides to leave the place to go back to the studio. As they leave they are surrounded by the police who start to shoot the crew with a gun. When they realize that they won't get away from the police, they decide to take a shortcut to the studio. After they start to run the crew is taken by police. They try to make a break for it but the police grab onto them. The police hold the camera crew and they start to run away. The cops chase them into a field and they start to run into a train that they accidentally stop in the field. The cops keep grabbing onto the crew and they are held against a tree. The cops try to give them a chance to get away but they're captured and taken to the police station. They start to argue with the police and try to explain that they don't want to be arrested. The cops try to make them wait for a long time. The cops try to force them to stay and start interrogating them. The crew tries to make a break for it but the cops chase them in the train. The cops get their hands on the camera crew and they start to take their camera out. They start taking pictures of their stuff. The police hold the crew against the tree and make them lay on the ground. The cops take the camera crew to a place to hang themselves. They continue to take pictures of the police. The cops decide to make the crew stay in the police station. The crew tries to make the police feel uncomfortable but they don't want to get up. The cops try to make them talk about the movie but they say they don't want to be arrested. The cops start to use the cameras to get their men to watch them. The cops try to take a picture of the crew so they can look at them later. The crew starts to get up. The cops take the camera crew into a room and the cops start to look at the cameras. The crew tries to stop them. They try to tell them to stop taking pictures. The cops just keep taking pictures. The crew tries to get away from the cops but they hold them against a tree. The crew tries to run but the cops are closing in. The crew

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Robert W.

This film is based on a true story and was made on an extremely low budget. The basic idea of the film is a gang of petty criminals who kidnap a stranger in Brooklyn and are driven by their greed to destroy his life and property. It is a tale of modern day gang life with references to the 1960's. It is not the same gang life of the 60's but the film is a little too faithful to the 60's and even adds more language. The acting is decent and I think there are some good performances by the main cast. The story was engaging and I did not want it to end. I thought the film was a bit slow in parts but I could not complain because it was well made and it kept my interest. I have not read the book but I hope it is as good as the film. It was a good watch and the cast and crew did a good job.

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Russell R.

Writer/director Tom McCarthy took the time to craft a beautifully told, one-of-a-kind film. The film contains a multitude of disparate elements from a complex, very intriguing script. The performances are brilliant, as are the locations and the making of the film. The images are stunning and the scenes are so intriguing that I enjoyed every minute of the movie. I especially loved the layered art style of the film, and the cinematography of the music. This is definitely one of those films that needs to be seen in a cinema. Although the story is a bit unusual, I think that this movie is worth a watch for anyone who loves films or who is interested in the NYC creative community. The film's message is not as obvious as the "teens" and "grind-house" films are, but the message is something that should be seen. If you like films about a young women working in a low-end prostitution ring in a high-rent bar, you will definitely enjoy this movie. I am so glad that this film was released in 2008, because I believe that it would have not been as well received as it was.

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With all the movies that Hollywood churns out of the genre of crime films, this one of them is a truly unique and worthwhile experience. It's about a kid growing up in the Bronx, then about his love of the Bronx culture and gang culture and the gang culture of the gangs. I had no idea what to expect going into the movie. The character played by Denzel Washington is a young black kid in the Bronx who has a similar childhood to Denzel Washington and feels the same way. I'm a guy with a stereotypical upbringing in the Bronx. I know what it's like to live in a world that doesn't exactly reflect my upbringing. I think the writing was great. It kept me on my toes. A lot of the actors did a great job with their characters. I feel like Denzel did a great job on his character and I'm glad that I saw him in this movie. I feel like I can relate to his feelings and the pain of the character. And I feel like I would feel the same way about the character if I had grown up in the Bronx. This is one of the movies that I'll see multiple times in theaters because of the acting and it's story.

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Anthony M.

Last night I went to see a new movie. What a shocker. I don't have anything against the genre, but I really thought this movie would have been a good one, at least, maybe even a classic. But it didn't hit my expectations. It was very unbalanced. I had a good laugh at one point. But the other hour, I just wanted it to be over, so I could go home and watch "The Lovely Bones" again. I wish I had the strength of heart to stay with this movie to the end, because I don't want to get involved in any further episodes of this tripe. So I gave up, after 40 minutes of my life gone.

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It is a fairly slow paced film, and the acting is pretty weak. A fairly solid story line though. The story was told in a way that made sense, and the ending wasn't too bad. There was also some humor sprinkled throughout that was not jarring, and did not bother me, because it was there for a reason. I also did not feel like the film was too emotional, or sad. I think if you want to see a film about a family who is all over the place and their problems, this is a decent one. I don't think you will hate it, or be completely engrossed, but you will be able to handle the pace.

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Megan M.

I didn't really like this film. I thought it was slow. It seemed to drag in places. I do think there were a few scenes that I liked. The way the main character's life is taken from her is very affecting. But the direction in this film just isn't very good. The ending felt a little forced. Also I felt like there were a lot of things left unsaid that I could see any director could have done. I would recommend this film for certain audiences. I didn't think it was very good. If you liked this film and want to see a really good dramatic film than I would recommend this film.

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Rebecca Dean

In 1962 Brooklyn, Queens, high school girl, Andrea Walker, a prostitute with no future, helps her mother, Celia Peterson, to avoid deportation from the United States, the civil war in Italy, and the AIDS epidemic in New York City. When the couple's house burns down, they leave Brooklyn to live in Atlanta with their young daughter, Elizabeth, and their only son, Matt, who never knew his mother. One day, a tough school guard (Robert Culp) tries to stop Elizabeth and Matt from going back to New York. After a struggle, they agree to go back, but their good wishes are not enough to stop Celia from leaving again. In 1987, Andrea, now 40, and Matt, now a struggling painter, meet up with a lonely young man, Jesse, who lives in an apartment above theirs. Soon they become intimate and, along with a very pregnant and strange Andrea, they start to move in and out of the apartment, and find their new life exciting. Andrea is constantly in danger, especially when she is sexually harassed by a stranger who beats her up, and she becomes paranoid about her health and safety. But the hardest part is that she is living in the most beautiful apartment in New York, in a very new building, where the walls are covered with murals of foreign art, and where the designer has promised a pizza in the fridge. But when the mysterious Matt comes to tell Andrea that he and Elizabeth are moving to a new apartment, she realizes that something is not right. When the two women arrive in Atlanta, they meet young and handsome Matt, a talented painter, who helps Andrea to establish herself in the new area, where she has her first job, in a barber shop, and she finds out that Jesse's mother, a real estate agent, is getting divorced. But it is not just the new people, who are threatening Andrea. Andrea and Matt must become an important part of a revolutionary family, because the right hand of the Catholic church is trying to keep Andrea isolated from the public and from everyone. * Congratulations to the writer, the director and the actors, for creating a real piece of art in this unexpected film.

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Crystal B.

I think it is safe to say that Viggo Mortensen is the biggest star in the British film industry today. Most of the time he appears in roles where he is completely unrecognizable, which is quite a good thing, but in this film, he really makes the most of his role. He is the main character, and by no means is he the main character, it is his character who carries the movie. However, this is the role where Mortensen displays the kind of physicality and intensity that has earned him a reputation in the acting world. He plays the role of Victor, the lone Russian prisoner who escapes the Siberian city of Novaya Zemlya. He is sent to his uncle, the judge, who turns out to be a terrifying alcoholic and a murderer, and his uncle decides to put Victor in the middle of a Mafia-like family where he will have a good time, to keep him busy, but also keep his revenge. It is this family, or rather, the mafia, that keeps Victor there, as they have a very strict hierarchy and fear no-one. The end of the film is the climax of the entire film. It is one of the best movies I have seen in recent years. It is intelligent and has an excellent cast. The way Mortensen portrays his character is phenomenal. This is one of his best performances, and Mortensen, as well as everyone else in the cast, deserves an Oscar for it.

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Ann Wright

Let's start with the good. The writing is good, and I am a fan of Vanessa Redgrave. The story is good, the characters are well defined, the atmosphere is good, and the plot twists are unexpected. The bad? Some things just don't work. The movie opens in a normal, dark, cold, rainy evening, and all the other characters come out and wander the streets of NYC. Yes, there is a park with a statue of a child where every night, the whole neighborhood wanders and runs into the park. I know it sounds contrived, but this is part of the plot. The next day, all the characters (except for Redgrave, and the main character) come out and wander the streets. Again, this is a contrived scene. All the characters go to the park in the morning, run into the park, and run off into the woods. The end. Good enough? I guess. But the second bad thing is the ending. It's completely unbelievable. The movie is well worth the rental price, but I would not pay full price to see it in a theater. The ending just seems totally out of character for the movie, and it really makes me wonder why the director chose to make this ending. In my opinion, there was just no way for the movie to make it through the summer. The movie was a big disappointment for me, and I am sorry that I did not spend more time at the theater.

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Jose Munoz

We are a little disappointed that New York movie to receive good reviews from the critics. However, as a teen obsessed with the NYPD this is definitely worth a watch. Sean Penn is as convincing as ever and the movie is a breath of fresh air when it comes to serious police drama. The most disturbing aspect of the movie is how these young men act, but it's really not the crime that is the problem. It's the lack of confidence that leads to these actions. It seems like a lot of these boys were just giving the police the way of thinking and would just stop to be nice. It seems like they were going to be there to take care of business, and then they'd be gone. Their personality is much more realistic and the movie is a bit longer than it needed to be.

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Tiffany Shaw

The third sequel in the franchise and the continuation of the story is not a bad one, it is still pretty good. But it's better that the last movie was a little more tragic and felt a bit more real and darker, so this one is more like a modern day film noir and gritty. The movie is more of a drama and there's less action in it than in the previous movies. It also felt more like a period piece. There is no sex or nudity but it is still a good movie to watch. The acting is pretty good for a low budget film. So overall this is still a good movie to watch and the third installment is still worth watching.

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Karen Jones

This movie seemed to be the better one, with better acting. BUT i have to say that the cinematography was excellent, and the music was awesome. Also, i have to say that maryland accents were very annoying. like really, really annoying. I mean, come on, how can you get away with calling someone "bitch" in a movie? in the real world it's just not acceptable. The story is pretty good, but could have been better. Like, maybe a little more violence, or a little less of the cliche drama. But, i have to admit that this movie was so enjoyable to watch. The whole feeling was like a dream, and i was completely hooked. The ending was very good. really, really good. In conclusion, this movie is definitely worth a watch.

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Austin K.

Micheal Mann and Karl McMurray are two of the most powerful directors working today. They work very well together, even if both can be a little over-the-top at times. That is the case here, with "Might Get Killed", a darkly comedic film about the relationship between two working class men who are friends for one day but are separated when they are killed in a car accident. The two men are neither the stereotypical New Yorkers nor the stereotypical working class. Neither is darkly funny, nor does one feel like he is being bullied or expected to like them. Both men, John Cusack and Michael Stuhlbarg are not down right funny, and they do make a good team. "Might Get Killed" is a very well crafted movie, with a good story, excellent music and some fine acting. I do not think it is a perfect film but I highly recommend it.

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Jessica Bailey

This film is shot in a pretty small village called Brooklyn in New York State, and I love the movie for that. It starts out as a fairly conventional war drama, but slowly and gradually develops into a real treat for the eyes, with a realistic style that you'll forget quickly because the attention is on the beautiful landscapes and the unique surroundings. It's a little hard to explain the details of the story, but I don't want to give anything away. It's the story of a little boy who falls in love with a young girl from a small village and how he has to deal with that. There's a lot of twists and turns, and they aren't predictable. You'll be surprised by the outcome, and the unexpected circumstances that will put a huge smile on your face.

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Lisa P.

If you love 70's movies like me, you'll enjoy this one. This is a cool, no-holds barred film, that you won't be able to turn off. Some of the women in the movie are super hot and sexy. The cast is good, and the performances are good, too. The movie also has a terrific soundtrack, and some excellent cinematography. It is a modern day movie that is both dark and witty, and so entertaining. The movie is fantastic, and it deserves a wider audience. It is a cool, no holds barred movie, and you won't be able to turn off. If you like 70's movies like me, you'll enjoy this one.

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Tyler B.

I just got out of the cinema and immediately got my copy of this on DVD. It's a beautifully made film with a great story, great acting and a great plot. It has some aspects that the real story of evan merriman is not very complete. However it also shows him through the eyes of his son, his daughter and the mother of his daughter. The script is well written and the performances are superb. My advice is to go out and see it, it's not for everyone but it is definitely worth watching. 7 out of 10

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Julia L.

After the hero of this film, the writer, died from an overdose of the sedative Pervitin, his wife and the publisher of the book that he wrote, hired the police to kill the writer. What happens next is that the father of the protagonist had his own secrets and some very serious issues about his parents. There is a scene of violence in the basement that seems like it is completely gratuitous. The violence seems random and unnecessary. In the scene where a pregnant woman is strangled in front of her husband, we see her being brutally raped by a young man. This is never shown. I think if the writer had been raped, he would have had a more convincing reaction. The end is not surprising. This is just a movie with a great story and great actors.