March 13th, 1997


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Butch "Bullet" Stein is a Jewish junkie from the mean streets of Brooklyn, is paroled after eight years in prison...

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 6.2/10 (3,742 voted)

Director: Julien Temple

Stars: Mickey Rourke, Frank Senger, Adrien Brody

Butch "Bullet" Stein is a Jewish junkie from the mean streets of Brooklyn, is paroled after eight years in prison. Butch rips off a runner for local drug dealer, Tank, and is soon right back into his old habits of snorting coke and shooting up heroin with his best friend Lester. Enraged by Butch's affront and already determined to get revenge on him for a past wrong, Tank sets about getting even with his old enemy by hiring a hulking brute, Gates to beat Butch. When the confrontation occurs, however, Gates breaks his hand on the battle-hardened Butch. Besides Lester, the only people in Butch's corner are his two brothers, the mentally-unhinged Vietnam War veteran Louis and aspiring artist Ruby, neither of whom can be counted on to help him in the inevitable showdown.

Writers: Mickey Rourke, Bruce Rubenstein

Mickey Rourke - Butch 'Bullet' Stein
Frank Senger - Prison Guard
Adrien Brody - Ruby Stein
John Enos III - Lester
Fatmir Haskaj - Punk #1 - Jamie
Joe Dain - Punk #2 - Brian (as Joseph Dain)
Manny Perez - Flaco
Shirley Scott - Heavy Woman
Heather Laszlo - Dog-Walking Girl
Jerry Grayson - Sol Stein
Suzanne Shepherd - Cookie Stein
Ted Levine - Louis Stein
Matthew Powers - Paddy
Jerry Dean - Fingers
Tupac Shakur - Tank

Taglines: You only get one shot at revenge

Release Date: 13 March 1997

Filming Locations: Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, USA

Gross: AUD 43,958 (Australia)

Technical Specs

Runtime:USA: (unrated version)  | USA:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

Mickey Rourke, who co-wrote the script, also was a music supervisor on the film.

Crew or equipment visible: When Bullet is confronted in the bathroom you can see a microphone hovering in the bottom right corner, to the left of Bullet's legs. (1:17:42)

Louis: Men love to hate. It's what separates us from the females of the spieces. It's the natural law in Wild America.

User Review

Definitely a classic although rejected by many as being too dark and morose.

Rating: 10/10

This, in my opinion, is one of Rourke's greatest roles. It's infinitely sad that Americans prefer movies which tend to resemble fairy tales instead of those which reflect real life's hardships. Bullet, superbly directed and acted out with a profundity which we rarely witness in movies of this genre, had been treated with utter injustice for it was released directly to video. It features the day-to-day reality which does not conform to society and its laws as well as the teachings of theologians or those professed by pedagogues in high schools and universities. I had lived in BKLN for nine years before moving to London. There is nothing more sad than wasted youth and drug-induced frustration. Bullet demonstrates that only too well. Those of you who love Bullet might enjoy watching Menace to Society, New Jersey Drive and 187. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments. [email protected]