NTSC/Region 0 pressing. Based on Hubert Selby, Jr..'s novel depicting the flip side of the fabulous '50s set against a violent dockworkers strike in Brooklyn 1952. The mean and desolate streets of Brooklyn are home to a host of unhappy, hopeless characters stuck in dead-end lives. A young self-destructive prostitute, named Tralala (Jennifer Jason Leigh), emotionally numb from having sold her body so many times, regularly leads her prospective clients to a dark alley where a gang of petty criminals who roam the streets in search of passion and excitement, beats and robs them; Harry, a corrupt union leader who cannot deal with his repressed homosexuality; and a young girl's father refuses to admit that she is eight months pregnant. All these stories take place in a world waiting to explode.