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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)

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


Fatmir Haskaj

Punk #1 – Jamie

Joe Dain

Punk #2 – Brian

(as Joseph Dain)

Manny Perez


Shirley Scott

Heavy Woman

Heather Laszlo

Dog-Walking Girl

Jerry Grayson

Sol Stein

Suzanne Shepherd

Cookie Stein

Ted Levine

Louis Stein

Matthew Powers


Jerry Dean


Tupac Shakur


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

Technical Specs


(unrated version)

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)


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.