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Alphabet City

Promotional film poster
Directed by Amos Poe
Produced by Andrew Braunsberg
Written by Gregory K. Heller
Robert Seidman
Amos Poe
Starring Vincent Spano
Michael Winslow
Kate Vernon
Jami Gertz
Zohra Lampert
Music by Nile Rodgers
Cinematography Oliver Wood
Editing by Grahame Weinbren
Distributed by Atlantic Releasing Corp.
Release date(s) May 4, 1984
Running time 85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Alphabet City is a 1984 crime drama film directed by Amos Poe. The story follows a young gangster of Italian descent named Johnny, who has been given control over his own neighborhood by the Mob. Then unknown actors Vincent Spano (as Johnny), Jami Gertz, and Michael Winslow give compelling performances in this low-budget crime/drama/thriller. Acclaimed film and stage actress Zohra Lampert plays Johnny's mother. The film is set in Alphabet City, a part of the East Village in New York City.



The movie takes place entirely in one evening, with the time being indicated chronologically on the clock in Johnny's Trans Am. Early in the evening Johnny meets with his friend Lippy, an eccentric cocaine dealer played by Michael Winslow. They discuss the planned burning of an apartment building, called for by the mob. As their discussion progresses, it becomes clear that it is Johnny who must carry out the burning of the building before the night is over, and moreover, his mother and sister live in this building. This request from the Mob pushes Johnny to plan a split from the Mob, which proves difficult. By the end of the night Johnny must save his sister and mother from the burning of their building, and also rescue his girlfriend and their newborn child from the clutches of the Mob.


The music was composed by the prolific producer Nile Rodgers.


The vehicle Vincent Spano drives in the film is a 1983 Pontiac Trans Am 25th Anniversary Daytona 500 Edition. Only 2500 of the cars were built.

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