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Alphabet City (1984)

A drug dealer decides to give up his life of crime when the gangsters he works for order him to burn down the tenement building in which his mother lives. However, the mobsters do not take kindly to being defied, and he faces a battle to protect his family from recriminations.

The most mainstream movie directed by underground filmmaker Amos Poe has a great performance by Vincent Spano but virtually no plot.

Tough Spano is Johnny, the Lower East Side drug dealer with plans to retire until mobsters force him to go on the run.

When Spano is centre stage this violent slice-of-life drama crackles with menacing intensity. Otherwise, it’s a rather bland affair that goes over too much familiar ground.

The music is by Nile Rodgers of Chic fame.

Johnny
Vincent Spano
Angela
Kate Vernon
Lippy
Michael Winslow
Mama
Zohra Lampert
Sophia
Jami Gertz
Gino
Raymond Serra
Juani
Daniel Jordano
Tony
Kenny Marino

Director
Amos Poe