Streets Of Gold
Streets Of Gold (1986)

In this sports drama, a former champion Soviet boxer defects to the U.S. and ends up working as a dishwasher in Brooklyn. Naturally this does little for his self-esteem until he finds a pair of talented youths and begins training them for… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 14, 1986
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

A likable, but hardly compelling story.

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

It's a wonder nobody had thought of casting Brandauer as a boxer before -- his work is so full of devilish feints and tricky, misleading expressions.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Brandauer, however, takes what probably would have been an interesting character and makes it a fascinating one, bringing complexity, depth, and an understated sense of humor to Alek, adding just the right spin to otherwise unmemorable lines.

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Time Out

Director Roth never uses a short jab when he can take a wild swing, usually at the cold inhumanity of Soviet society.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Streets of Gold starts out to make a statement about the kind of person this Russian emigre was, and it ends up using him as the backdrop for a tired Hollywood formula.

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Film4

The film punches most powerfully when Roth simply allows his camera to gaze upon Brandauer's broken-down magnificence.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A lot of the film was shot in Brighton Beach, and looks authentic, but everything else is either synthetic or derivative, like the musical score.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A rousing ringside drama with Austrian hunk Klaus Maria Brandauer.

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