Monument Ave. Movie Review 1998

Information and Film Reviews for Monument Ave. the Movie

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Updated, Irish-American version of Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets" focuses on a group of petty thieves from Boston's mostly Irish Charleston neighborhood. The hoods, lead by Bobby O'Grady (Leary), pass time stealing cars, snorting cocaine, and waxing poetic about their dead-end lives. But when a recently paroled member of their gang is murdered by the neighborhood kingpin Jackie O' (Meaney), Bobby must decide between upholding the gang's code of silence and avenging his pal's death. Excellent performances all around, especially from Leary, who grew up in this neighborhood. Originality, however, is not the film's strong suit. In addition to borrowing from Scorsese, script is full of Tarantinoesque banter. Worthy effort, just don't expect anything you haven't seen before.

Distribution

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-1120, Toll-free: 800-723-4763, URL: http://www.bvhe.com

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 90 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Crime Drama, Boston, Revenge, Hard Knock Life, Buddies
Screenplay
Mike Armstrong
Cast
Denis Leary, Billy Crudup, Famke Janssen, Colm Meaney, Martin Sheen, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ian Hart, Jason Barry, John Diehl, Noah Emmerich, Greg Dulli
Cinematography
Adam Kimmel
Director
Ted (Edward) Demme
Music
Amanda Scheer Demme
Producer
Ted Demme, Nicholas Clermont, Elie Samaha, Lions Gate Films

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