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Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989)

This musical is based on four short stories by Damon Runyon. In one tale, gambler Feet Samuels sells his body to science just as he realizes that Hortense loves him and that he would rather... See full summary »

Director:

Howard Brookner

Writers:

Howard Brookner (screenplay), Colman deKay (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josef Sommer ... Waldo Winchester
Madonna ... Hortense Hathaway
Tony Azito Tony Azito ... Waiter
Jennifer Grey ... Lovey Lou
Tony Longo ... Crunch Sweeney
Rutger Hauer ... The Brain
Matt Dillon ... Regret
Stephen McHattie ... Red Henry
Anita Morris ... Miss Missouri Martin
Ethan Phillips ... Basil Valentine
Alan Ruck ... John Wangle
Dinah Manoff ... Maud Milligan
David Youse ... Busboy
Randy Quaid ... Feet Samuels
Julie Hagerty ... Harriet MacKyle
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Storyline

This musical is based on four short stories by Damon Runyon. In one tale, gambler Feet Samuels sells his body to science just as he realizes that Hortense loves him and that he would rather live than die. In another story, Harriet's parrot is killed, and she has problems dealing with her loss. Then, there is a gambler, "Right", who has bloodhounds on his trail when he becomes a murder suspect. Finally, "The Brain" is bleeding profusely, and his friends search for a way to save his life through a blood transfusion. Written by Rachaela

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Taglines:

When Life Was Glittering, Glamorous... And Dangerous...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Broadway vérszopói See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,872, 5 November 1989

Gross USA:

$43,671

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,671
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the only directorial effort from Howard Brookner. He died of AIDS seven months before the film was released. The film was also re-cut by the studio and Walter Winchell-inspired narration was immediately added. See more »

Goofs

Jennifer Grey and Madonna perform a rendition of "I Surrender Dear", however the film is set in 1928 and the first version of the song wasn't released until 1931. See more »

Quotes

Harriet MacKyle: Kill him, Basil.
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Crazy Credits

Closing Dedication: For BRAD GOOCH See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinemadonna: I'm Going to Tell you a Secret (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Big Bucks
Written by Horace Henderson & Lorraine Feather
©1934 Mills Music, Inc. Copyright renewed
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Little Missed Box office
25 July 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Hmmm, unreleased, huh. This film might be the At Long Last Love of gangster musicals. From a Guys and Dolls perspective, BLOODHOUNDS is a funny and quite lavish Damon Runyan inspired semi musical with an astonishing cast. It was not released in cinemas in Australia and it really should have been. There is nothing at all preventing this film from doing good business if it has been promoted to be exactly what it is: an all star gangster musical with a huge and famous cast. I saw it on tape promoted as "Found! The lost Madonna movie" which is an outrageous deceit, given the many other more interesting actors, all gussied up and frantically rushing about from one nightclub to the other in snowy city streets. Madonna's great duet with Jennifer Grey, fresh from Dirty Dancing would alone have been enough to propel this funny pretty pic into any number of luxury cinemas (we still had them in the 80s). But, no, it wasn't to be and this easy to love 30s farce is still rather lost. What a waste! Lets see if a DVD release (with possibly fascinating interviews and extras) sees BLOODHOUNDS OF Broadway deservedly find its delighted audience. Apparently it opened in ONE New York cinema in 1989 with a reel missing. It was reviewed that way and unknowingly played like that for several weeks. Thus damaging its survival and any further plans.


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