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Hell's Kitchen (1998)

3 men rob a place. Hayden's killed, Johnny's wounded and does 5 years prison and Patty leaves with the money. He sees Hayden's sister/A.Jolie. When released, Johnny goes straight and wants a boxing career.

Director:

Tony Cinciripini

Writers:

Tony Cinciripini, Antone Pagán (street dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosanna Arquette ... Liz / Gloria and Hayden's mother
William Forsythe ... Lou / Johnny's trainer
Angelina Jolie ... Gloria / Johnny's ex-girlfrien
Mekhi Phifer ... Johnny / ex-con
Johnny Whitworth ... Patty / Gloria's boyfriend
Stephen Payne Stephen Payne ... Boyle
Jade Yorker ... Ricky
Michael Nicolosi Michael Nicolosi ... Sean (as Mike Nicolosi)
Ryan Slater ... Hayden / Gloria's brother
Sharif Rashed Sharif Rashed ... Stevey (as Sharif Rashid)
Martin Shakar ... Warden
Ricky Tyberg Ricky Tyberg ... Jingo
Al Cayne Al Cayne ... Sly
Stephon Fuller ... Spike
Dan Musico Dan Musico ... Hines
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Storyline

Three young men, Patty, Johnny and Hayden go rob a man and Johnny and Hayden get shot and Patty shoots the man dead. He grabs the money and leaves assuming his 2 buddies are dead. Hayden dies, but Johnny survives and goes to prison. Patty gets away with the money scot-free and lies to Gloria, Hayden's sister that Johnny killed him and they become lovers. After 5 years when Johnny is released, she meets and tells him that he is dead just like her brother. She asks her boyfriend, Patty, to kill him but he can't because he knows he did not kill her brother. In the meantime, Johnny wants to go straight and gets into boxing and Patty gets sexually involved with Gloria's mother, Liz, who is a drug addicted night club singer with a bad leg. Gloria gets rather angry with them and problems ensue. Written by lament

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The road to redemption is covered in blood.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, language, drugs and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell's Kitchen N.Y.C. See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,332, 5 December 1999

Gross USA:

$11,710

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,710
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HK Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Disturbing at Times, But Really Good
12 February 2003 | by FreedomisanillusionSee all my reviews

I, along with a large chunk of the male population of this world, believe that Angelina Jolie is one of the most beautiful creatures on this green Earth (or quite brown in some drought ridden places such as our backyard) and have since become a fan of her movies. One night in a family video renting, I walked up the aisles of the video store trying to find something that grabbed my attention. In the Thriller section, I found many copies of this movie, and I question the judgement of the staff, as this is quite clearly a drama, and a pretty good one. Fortunately, I did not rent it out that night, as my Father would have had kittens if he let me watch this (for the record, I personally think I should have waited until I was a bit older), so I waited until he wasn't the one paying for it, and I got it then.

Mekhi Phifer plays Jonny, a man who was involved in a robbery that went wrong, and as a result, an accomplice, Hayden is killed. Gloria (played -as usual- superbly by Angelina Jolie) was Hayden's sister, and confronts Jonny five years later after he gets out of jail, blaming him for the death of her brother. She asks her boyfriend, Patty, to kill Jonny, but for reasons that I shall not reveal, Patty knows that Jonny did not kill Hayden. Jonny settles back into Hell's Kitchen and trains to be a heavyweight champion.

Some of the scenes are a bit too long, some are a bit disturbing, some are a bit weird, and some of them have all these things mixed together.

But on the whole a good movie, but not one made for younger audiences. 8/10

p.s. I might not be a good judge of the pacing of this movie, because when I watched it, we had younger visitors, and they weren't allowed to watch it, so I had to keep stopping and starting it, which is a shocking way to watch a movie.


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