Rooftops (film)

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Rooftops
Rooftops 1989 film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Wise
Produced by Stuart Benjamin
Written by Allan A. Goldstein, Tony Mark
Starring Jason Gedrick
Cinematography Theo van de Sande
Distributed by New Visions Pictures
Release date(s)
  • March 17, 1989 (1989-03-17)
Running time 98 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,043,889

Rooftops is a 1989 crime and dance drama film directed by Robert Wise, which follows the misadventures of two homeless teenagers in Manhattan.

This is the second of Robert Wise's film about poor young New Yorkers, the first being the famous West Side Story, This is also Wise's last film.[1]

Plot outline[edit]

Squeak, the main character's best friend has tagged the wrong area and a local crew of misfits seeks to teach him a lesson. A chase ensues through the streets of New York City, through abandoned buildings and on rooftops. Squeak is finally cornered before his best friend and the film's main hero, T, comes to his rescue. The rest of the film focuses on T and his group of friends, among them a reformed prostitute, a young Latina, and a deaf basketball player.

T is famous among the neighbourhood for taking place in a dance called "combat" in which "combatants" attempt to force each other off of a square fighting surface through only intimidation, no contact is allowed. T falls in love with Elana and she reciprocates his feelings. T is also exposed to Capoeira, which he naturally compares to his own fighting style.

The main antagonists are a group of drug dealers who are slowly taking over the area's abandoned buildings, stringing out the local youth and establishing themselves as the law of the streets. Squeak crosses the drug dealers and pays for it with his life. The rest of the movie follows T and his friends quest for redemption at the hands of the drug dealers, and ends in a climactic rooftop battle.

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film was not well received by critics. The film has a composite score of 0 (the lowest possible rating) on Rotten Tomatoes.[2] Roger Ebert opined that the film was unrealistic and sugarcoated the grim realities facing homeless teenagers.[3]

Box Office[edit]

The movie debuted poorly.[4]

DVD release[edit]

Platinum Disc released the film onto DVD in 2002, but the DVD was in full screen and did not contain any bonus material. That DVD has since been discontinued.

The current DVD is a double feature release with A Midsummer's Night Rave.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nat Segaloff, Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors, Bear Manor Media 2013 p 325-327
  2. ^ "Rooftops Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  3. ^ "Rooftops :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews". Roger Ebert. 1989-03-17. Retrieved 2009-05-09. 
  4. ^ Easton, Nina J. (1989-03-21). "WEEKEND BOX OFFICE : Chevy Lives . . . 'Rooftops' Collapses". Los Angeles Times. 

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