Director(s): Sean Baker
Available Quality: DivX
IMDB Rating: 6.1 out of 10 (167 votes)
Prince of Broadway is the story of Lucky and Levon, two men whose lives converge in the underbelly of New Yorks wholesale fashion district. Lucky, an illegal immigrant from Ghana, makes ends meet by soliciting shoppers on the street with knock-off brand merchandise. Levon, a Armenian-Lebanese immigrant, operates an illegal storefront with a concealed back room where counterfeit goods are showcased to interested shoppers. Luckys world is suddenly turned upside down when a child is thrust into his life by a woman who insists the toddler is his son. While Lucky copes with his new domestic dilemma, Levon struggles to save a marriage that is falling apart.
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Chad Greene (23 May 2013)
Baker proves himself a worthy heir to the Italian neorealists of the 40s and 50s capturing capably the desperation, and potential defeat, inherent in poverty. Arthouse audiences will be properly appreciative.
available-7 (23 May 2013)
This is not a movie, it is a masterpiece!The sense of realism was captured beautifully throughout. Thecharacters and the story most people can relate to in real life, but,to capture it as well as it was, well it deserves full credit. Thetiming of the camera work was superb.I refuse to call this a movie, more like a captured moment in someoneslife. Even the way it ended left you thinking.As always I try not to read reviews or watch trailers about the movieor it's characters so to me this was quite a surprise to watchsomething so unique.Thank you very much.
Nora Lee Mandel (17 May 2013)
Slowly unfolds in a vérité style to quietly root for the hopes and dreams of distinctive individuals in a corner of the underground economy who manage to feel optimistic.
Harvey S. Karten (16 May 2013)
This low-budget indie can be appreciated by folks who want to see the real New York.
Kenneth Turan (04 May 2013)
It's an undeniably small yet almost indefinable film, warmhearted and bittersweet, laced with both humor and tough emotions.
Dennis Schwartz (04 May 2013)
A story just as counterfeit as the fake brand purses its characters are pushing.
tredline80 (22 April 2013)
I am so please to be able to comment on this film. I was afraid becausedue to the subject matter I thought I might be ready to see a two hourfilm on immigration, but I was happily surprised. It did not matter somuch where the lead characters were from, it was a very human storythat Prince of Broadway told. I feel it went beyond race/colour lines.Lucky a NYC street hustler, gets an unwelcome surprise when a girldrops off a baby that may or may not be his. From there we follow himas goes through denial to acceptance, growing on us the audience whosee him as more than just another hustler. The lead actor as Lucky isjust wonderful, he seems so real, you never feel that he is acting. Hisinteraction with the child is so real especially as he realizes beingdaddy isn't that easy. Another standout character is his boss, anotherimmigrant, both of them interesting as they try to carve out theirpiece of the American dream the ''get yours" way of thinking but not ina distastful way even though what they do is technically illegal.I found some scenes to seem less real. Lucky's fight with his boys overthe possibility they stole from him is good, because you see he is neara breakdown, but it goes on long, a real street fight would have gottendirtier faster. the mother of the child with her mother is adissppointment. I was hoping this girl would prove herself to be morethan a mouthy ignorant child herself, but her character was the clichÃ©bad mom from the hood. Her mother's character was worse, I did not feelsympathy because even though the mother saw her grandchild with someman who maybe is the father, maybe not, and she allowed her grandchildto be carried away like some trash by him? And she lectrues her owndaughter? It did not hold up. It seemed the female characters, with theexception of Lucky's girl, were not portrayed with as much attention asthe male ones. The boss's wife was just a lot of nothing, you did notknow why he cared about her, maybe that was the point, to see he hangson to her because he has nothing else? But she was not appealing, sheeither screamed or mumbled, seemed very amateur, again maybe that wasthe point, but it took away from the more interesting storyline.But no movie is perfect, and I liked this film so much and thought ithad an important message, I hope that it is seen by more peopleespecially younger ones.
Prairie Miller (22 April 2013)
Irresistible rowdy toddler with tot terror on his mind meets freaked out free spirit hustler harboring an apparent allergy to fatherhood, amidst baby daddy blues betrayals, police busts, and grossout diaper duty.
Louis Proyect (19 April 2013)
Brilliant neorealist, improvisatory film using non-professionals to tell a story about a street hustler and the baby he is forced to look after.
Clay Cane (19 April 2013)
Maybe if you aren't familiar with the world 'Prince of Broadway' depicts then this might seem 'real,' but in truth, it was pushed. Furthermore, I haven't heard the n-word used so much since 'Roots.'
Vodun-Delights (19 April 2013)
This was one of the great surprises you can have when renting out whatproves to be a real "sleeper".The acting was amazing, Prince Adu was absolutely brilliant and I justcouldn't believe that this man had no former experience as an actor.I'm fairly convinced that we will see much more of this man in thefuture.In fact, it was almost as much fun to watch the specials and to get toexperience the story behind this film as it was watching the movieitself.The story is multi-faceted, deeply engaging and warmhearted.There is a lot of truth in this movie and as somebody who has spentover 8 years living in NYC, it opens your eyes to what rich storiesthis city has to tell.This movie is one of those rare examples where you sense that whilethey shot it, everything just fell into place perfectly. There issomething truly magic about The Prince Of Broadway.
Michael Atkinson (18 April 2013)
The film seethes with naturalistic cred.
Kam Williams (18 April 2013)
New York City as a disturbing dystopia where it's hard out there not just for a pimp, but for an African scam artist, too!
John Anderson (17 April 2013)
Streetwise, kinetic and solidly dramatic.
Jeannette Catsoulis (14 April 2013)
Off-formula and on-point, the story's emotional jabs are all the more poignant for their unpredictability.
Eric Campos (14 April 2013)
Perhaps the shiniest indie gem I've found this year so far.
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