|BOARDWALK (director: Stephen Verona; screenwriter: Leigh Chapman; cinematographer: Billy Williams; editor: Thom Noble; music: William S. Fischer ; cast: Ruth Gordon (Becky Rosen), Lee Strasberg (David Rosen), Janet Leigh (Florence Cohen), Joe Silver (Leo Rosen), Eddie Barth (Eli Rosen), Kim Delgado (Strut); Runtime: 98; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: George Willoghby; Atlantic Releasing; 1979)|
|"Bleak and unpleasant film."
by Dennis Schwartz
realistic drama that leaves a bitter taste about the
effects of changing neighborhoods in Brooklyn and
the spread of racism. Theater luminaries Lee
Strasberg and Ruth Gordon co-star as a loving
long-time married Jewish couple for nearly 50 years.
They find it hard to get by in their senior years as
their Coney Island neighborhood decays and becomes
crime-ridden with black gangs. Black gang leader Kim
Delgado has made Coney Island his turf, and shakes
down merchants for protection money. When restaurant
owner Strasberg refuses to pay for protection, the
pic turns violent and ugly and anti-Semitic.
Verona ("The Lords of Flatbush"/"Pipe
Dreams"/"Talking Wells") manipulatively directs this
bleak and unpleasant film into a Death Wish
revenge finale, where the deserving bad guys get a
taste of their own medicine. It's fiercely
written by Leigh Chapman.
Janet Leigh is the couple's dutiful daughter.
REVIEWED ON 9/13/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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