Deuces Wild In The Movies And Its Impact On The Public

If you'd like to see Deuces Wild in the movies, the 2002 American crime drama directed by Scott Kalvert and written by Paul Kimatian and Christopher Gambale is amazing. It stars Stephen Dorff, Brad Renfro, James Franco, and others. The film takes place in 1958 Brooklyn, and Martin Scorsese was the executive producer. Most of the violence is hand-to-hand, non-firearm based, keeping with the 1958 setting.


In the movie Deuces Wild, Leon, played by Dorff, and Bobby (Renfro) are brothers and members of a Brooklyn street gang, the Deuces. Since the death of their brother Alphonse from a drug overdose, the keep drugs off their block. This puts them in opposition with the Vipers, another local gang headed by Marco (Norman Reedus), who wants to sell dope in the neighborhood.

Turning Point

On the eve of Marco's return from a 3-year prison stint, a gang war seems imminent. Marco plans revenge against Leon, whom he believes ratted him out. Bobby falls for the new girl, Annie (Fairuza Balk), who moves in across the street. She's the sister of Jimmy Pockets, a Vipers heroin dealer.

Bad News

Bobby and Annie's attraction for each other complicates the gang rivalry. Marco beats up and rapes Betsy to push Leon over the edge. After a series of skirmishes, neighborhood Mafioso Fritzy (Matt Dillon) orders Leon and Marco to make amends before a climactic rumble. Leon disobeys this order and a fight ensues at the docks, where Marco and Jimmy Pockets are killed.


In the movie Deuces Wild, things aren't always what they seem. Before Bobby and Annie are free to take Annie's mother to LA, Leon is shot and killed by one of Fritzy's men for disobeying his orders. Before leaving, Bobby drops a wheelbarrow of cinderblocks on Fritzy's car, presumably killing him.

Reception and Cast

Deuces Wild in the movies seemed like a great idea, but it did poorly at the box office, recouping $6.2 million of the $10 million budget. Despite the big-name cast of Stephen Dorff, Frankie Muniz, Matt Dillon, Norman Reedus, James Franco, and even Johnny Knoxville, the film received negative reviews and holds a 3% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.