Deuces Wild

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This article is about the film. For the band, see Deuces Wild (band). For the albums, see Deuces Wild (B. B. King album) and Deuces Wild (Sonny Stitt album).
Deuces Wild
Deuces-Wild-Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Scott Kalvert
Produced by Michael Cerenzie
Willi Baer
Fred Caruso
Paul Kimatian
Written by Paul Kimatian
Christopher Gambale
Starring Stephen Dorff
Brad Renfro
Fairuza Balk
Vincent Pastore
Frankie Muniz
Balthazar Getty
Matt Dillon
Norman Reedus
Music by Stewart Copeland
Cinematography John A. Alonzo
Edited by Michael R. Miller
Production
  company
CineWild
Eternity Pictures
The Antonia Company
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • May 3, 2002 (2002-05-03)
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Box office $6,282,446

Deuces Wild is a 2002 American crime drama film directed by Scott Kalvert and written by Paul Kimatian and Christopher Gambale, who also created the story. It stars Stephen Dorff, Brad Renfro, James Franco, Matt Dillon, and Fairuza Balk amongst others. The film is set in 1958 Brooklyn, New York City. Martin Scorsese was the executive producer, as a favor to Paul Kimatian.

As the tagline states, there is very little firearm violence; most of the fighting is hand-to-hand, in keeping with the 1958 setting.

Plot[edit]

Leon (Stephen Dorff) and Bobby (Brad Renfro) are brothers and members of the Deuces, a Brooklyn street gang. Ever since the death of their other brother Alphonse "Allie Boy" from a drug overdose at the hands of Marco (Norman Reedus), they keep drugs off their block. This puts them in opposition to the Vipers, another local gang headed by Marco who want to sell drugs in the neighborhood. On the eve of Marco's return from a three-year stint in prison, a gang war seems imminent. Marco plans revenge against Leon, whom he believes ratted him out to the police.

Bobby falls for a new girl who moves in across the street, Annie (Fairuza Balk), the younger sister of Jimmy "Pockets", a Vipers member and heroin dealer. Their attraction for each other complicates the gang rivalry. Marco beats and rapes Betsy in order to push Leon over the edge. After a series of skirmishes between the Vipers and Deuces, neighborhood Mafioso Fritzy (Matt Dillon) orders Leon and Marco to make amends hours before the climactic rumble. Leon disobeys this order in a fight at the docks where Marco is killed along with Jimmy Pockets, leaving Bobby and Annie free to take her mother to Los Angeles. Leon is in turn shot and killed by one of Fritzy's men in retaliation for ignoring his orders. Before leaving, Bobby drops a wheelbarrow full of cinder blocks on Fritzy's car, presumably killing him.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film received negative reviews and currently holds a 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deuces Wild". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 

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