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Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989 film)

Bloodhounds of Broadway
Directed by Howard Brookner
Produced by Samuel Benedict
Chris Brigham
Howard Brookner
Colman deKay
Kevin Dowd
Lindsay Law
Written by Howard Brookner
Colman deKay
Damon Runyon (stories)
Starring Matt Dillon
Jennifer Grey
Julie Hagerty
Rutger Hauer
Esai Morales
Anita Morris
Randy Quaid
William S. Burroughs
Music by Jonathan Sheffer
Cinematography Elliot Davis
Edited by Camilla Toniolo
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • November 3, 1989 (1989-11-03)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4 million
Box office $43,671

Bloodhounds of Broadway is a 1989 film based on four Damon Runyon stories.[1] It was directed by Howard Brookner and starred Matt Dillon, Jennifer Grey, Anita Morris, Julie Hagerty, Rutger Hauer, Madonna, Esai Morales and Randy Quaid.[2]

Madonna and Jennifer Grey perform a duet, "I Surrender Dear", during the film. Madonna earned a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Supporting Actress for her performance in the film, where she lost to Brooke Shields for Speed Zone.[3]

Bloodhounds of Broadway was Brookner's first feature-length film (and his last, as he died shortly before the film opened). The film was recut by the studio and Walter Winchellesque narration added.[1]


Broadway, New Year's Eve, 1928. A muckraking reporter, Waldo Winchester, frames four major stories during the wild New Year's Eve of 1928.

We meet the players in a diner. The Brain, a gangster with multiple girlfriends, is accompanied by a gambler named Regret (after the only horse he ever won a bet on) and an outsider who (with his bloodhounds) is being treated to a meal. Feet Samuels (so named because of his big feet) is in love with a showgirl named Hortense Hathaway, who is tossed out of the diner because of an unsavory reputation). Feet plans to have one wild night before committing suicide, having sold his body in advance to a medical doctor.

Harriet MacKyle, a sheltered but friendly socialite, makes arrangements with a smooth-talking fixer for a big party that night at her estate, where many of the players will later attend. She has an interest in the exciting but dangerous criminal element. A girl selling flowers comes in after Feet makes a full payment of a debt to the Brain, so the Brain offers $5 for a 25-cent flower, telling her to keep the change. But before he can leave, a hitman for the Brooklyn Mob stabs him. The wounded Brain tells his men to take him "home." Unfortunately, his many girlfriends refuse to allow him in for various reasons.

Feet gets involved in a high-stakes craps game. With considerable luck, he wins a massive payoff of money and jewelry. Regret suggests they find another game, but Feet reveals his plan to kill himself. Regret tries to talk him out of it, but Feet, sworn to see his last promise fulfilled, is adamant. Regret dials up the reporter, who is now at MacKyle's party, and asks him to talk to Hortense (his niece) and get her to realize Feet is smitten with her.

Hortense must try to persuade Feet that she wants to quit her life as a lounge singer, move to New Jersey and raise a family. Regret, meanwhile, continues to be the world's unluckiest gambler, but showgirl Lovey Lou is in love with him anyway.


Filming of the movie began in December 1987. It filmed in three cities in New Jersey: Union City, Newark and Jersey City.[1]



Bloodhounds of Broadway received negative reviews from critics. Produced on a budget of $4 million, the film grossed less than $44,000 in its limited release.


  1. ^ a b c  
  2. ^ "Bloodhounds of Broadway Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  3. ^ Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing.  

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