Deuces Wild

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Deuces Wild
Deuces-Wild-Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byScott Kalvert
Written by
  • Paul Kimatian
  • Christopher Gambale
Produced by
Starring
Narrated byBrad Renfro
CinematographyJohn A. Alonzo
Edited byMichael R. Miller
Music byStewart Copeland
Production
companies
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 3, 2002 (2002-05-03) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$10 million
Box office$6.3 million

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. The film stars Stephen Dorff, Brad Renfro, James Franco, Matt Dillon, and Fairuza Balk.

Martin Scorsese was originally the executive producer (as a favor to Paul Kimatian), but he eventually removed his name from this film. It was the final film of cinematographer John A. Alonzo before his death in 2001.

Plot[edit]

Leon and Bobby Anthony are brothers and members of the Deuces, a Brooklyn street gang who protect their neighborhood of Sunset Park. Ever since the death of their youngest brother Alphonse "Allie Boy" from a drug overdose at the hands of Marco, the leader of the Vipers, a neighboring rival street gang, they fiercely keep drugs off their turf. This puts them in strong opposition to the Vipers, who want to continue 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, as the Deuces violently retaliate with suspicion against Vipers muscleman and bookie Philly, who ekes out a vacant nightclub to establish business down the block. Marco, along with hoping to reestablish his drug pushing enterprise, plans revenge against Leon, whom he believes ratted him out to the police for selling the killing "hot shot" to Alphonse.

Bobby falls for a new girl who moves in across the street, Annie, the uninvolved younger sister of Jimmy "Pockets", a Vipers member and heroin dealer, who takes care of their elderly dementia ailing mother. Their attraction for each other complicates the gang rivalry, especially with Leon, who with unfounded fears, feels Annie may be using Bobby. After jumping Deuces member Jackie in kind for the earlier attack, causing an uptick in gang fights in the neighborhood, Marco begins his activities again, and allows the Vipers to rampage and terrorize residents across the block to establish his return for good. Later, Marco and the Vipers intimidates Bobby while on a date at the beach with Annie, before beating and raping Betsy (Leon's girlfriend) in order to push him over the edge.

After Leon runs a car through the Viper's main hangout, neighborhood Mafioso Fritzy orders Leon and Marco to make amends; unopposed to Marco's drug dealing, knowing he can profit off of his racket, and without appeal to Leon's cause to keep the neighborhood safe, Leon and Marco agree to a gang war, much to Fritzy's disappointment. Meanwhile, Annie defends her mother from another one of Jimmy's outbursts with a kitchen knife, and having enough of their troubled life in Brooklyn, wishes to run away with Bobby and her mother. As the Deuces and the Vipers meet at the docks for their confrontation, a violent battle ensues. Marco is killed by Leon in a relentless duel, being saved by tag-along kid Scooch, while Jimmy Pockets is shot and killed by Philly, who accuses him of stealing the gang's stash of money. Leon is shot and killed by one of Fritzy's men in retaliation for ignoring his orders.

At Leon's funeral, Bobby and the gang, along with his and Annie's mother, pay their last respects to Leon. In a small epilogue, Bobby explains that his mother will go to live with their uncle in Long Island, he and Annie are free to take her mother to Los Angeles to start anew, gives Scooch and Father Aldo of the nearby Catholic church part of the stolen stash of money to invest in, and that after the funeral, this would be the last time he would see the Deuces ever again, as gangs throughout Brooklyn would eventually disappear in time. Before leaving, Bobby drops a wheelbarrow full of cinder blocks on Fritzy's car, presumably killing him, to uphold Leon's word that "there would be no more junk on the streets".

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

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

Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend the film grossed $1,020,000 million in 1,480 theaters in the United States and Canada, debuting number 6 of box office. Deuces Wild grossed $6,080,065 million domestically and $202,381 internationally for a worldwide total of $6,282,446 million.[2]

Home media[edit]

The film was released in DVD on August 6, 2002 and also in Blu-Ray on September 22, 2015.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deuces Wild". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  2. ^ "Deuces Wild (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2021-11-06.

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