"Motherless Brooklyn" is a 2019 American neo-noir crime film directed by Edward Norton.
The starring cast includes Edward Norton as Lionel Essrog, Bruce Willis as Frank Minna, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Laura Rose, Bobby Cannavale as Tony Vermonte, Alec Baldwin as Moses Randolph, Cherry Jones as Gabby Horowitz, Willem Dafoe as Paul Randolph, Ethan Suplee as Gilbert Coney, Dallas Roberts as Danny Fantl, Josh Pais as William Lieberman and others.

Here are "Motherless Brooklyn" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for Motherless Brooklyn movie?

Warner Bros. Pictures on Thursday, August 22, 2019 released the trailer for "Motherless Brooklyn" you can watch here:

Plot summary

What is Motherless Brooklyn movie plot?

Here is a short review of "Motherless Brooklyn" movie plot summary.

In 1950s New York City, Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton) works at a detective agency alongside Gilbert Coney (Ethan Suplee), Danny Fantl (Dallas Roberts), and Tony Vermonte (Bobby Cannavale). Their boss, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis), rescued them as children from an abusive orphanage. Nicknamed "Motherless Brooklyn" by Frank, Lionel has Tourette syndrome and OCD, often alienating him from people, but his strong verbal and photographic memory make him a good detective.
Working a secret case, Frank asks Lionel and Gilbert to shadow him to a meeting. Lionel listens over the phone as Frank presents documents that threaten a business deal for a man named William Lieberman (Josh Pais), who's there with his assistant Lou (Fisher Stevens) and an extremely large henchman. When Frank tries to negotiate a high price, the men force him to take them to the originals. Lionel and Gilbert follow in their car, arriving just as Frank is shot. They take him to the hospital, but Frank dies.
Frank's widow Julia leaves Tony in charge of the office. Lionel begins wearing Frank's hat and coat, and a matchbook in Frank's pocket leads Lionel to an African-American owned jazz bar in Harlem. He realizes that Frank's findings involve Laura Rose (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who works for Gabby Horowitz (Cherry Jones) fighting urban renewal; poor and minority neighborhoods are being bought out and demolished, forcing out their residents. Lionel goes to a public meeting where Moses Randolph (Alec Baldwin), a commissioner of several development authorities, is loudly contested by Horowitz and the audience. Stealing a reporter's credentials, Lionel talks to a man named Paul who was raging against Moses at the meeting and tells him Moses is the real power in the city government, even beyond the mayor.


Who plays who in the Motherless Brooklyn movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "Motherless Brooklyn" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Edward Norton  as Lionel Essrog
Bruce Willis  as Frank Minna
Gugu Mbatha-Raw  as Laura Rose
Bobby Cannavale  as Tony Vermonte
Alec Baldwin  as Moses Randolph
Cherry Jones  as Gabby Horowitz
Willem Dafoe  as Paul Randolph
Ethan Suplee  as Gilbert Coney
Dallas Roberts  as Danny Fantl
Josh Pais  as William Lieberman
Leslie Mann  as Julia Minna
Robert Wisdom  as Billy Rose (as Robert Ray Wisdom)
Fisher Stevens  as Lou
Radu Spinghel  as Giant Man
Peter Gray Lewis  as Mayor (as Peter Lewis)
Michael Kenneth Williams  as Trumpet Man
Isaiah J. Thompson  as King Rooster Piano Player
Russell Hall  as King Rooster Bassist
Joe Farnsworth  as King Rooster Drummer
Jerry Weldon  as King Rooster Saxophonist
Eric Berryman  as King Rooster Bartender (as Eric Berryman Jr.)
Nelson Avidon  as Jacob Gleason
Joseph Siravo  as Union Boss Speaker
DeShawn White  as Betty
Migs Govea  as Formosa Bartender
Erica Sweany  as Formosa Hostess
Katy Davis  as Inwood Residential Secretary
Olli Haaskivi  as Hall of Records Clerk
Yinka Adeboyeku  as Angry Young Man
Joyce O'Connor  as Cindy Fleming
Thomas Luiz Leninger  as Paperboy
Deborah Unger  as Brooklyn Bar Waitress
Ezra Barnes  as Doctor
Julie Hays  as Nurse
Damien Brett  as Orderly
Russell G. Jones  as Reformer #2
Stephen Adly Guirgis  as Detective
Eli Bridges  as Beatnik
Luis Castro de Leon  as Young Cat #1
Teren Carter  as Young Cat #2

Release date

When is Motherless Brooklyn movie release date?

"Motherless Brooklyn" movie release date was scheduled to be on August 30, 2019 (Telluride), on November 1, 2019 (United States), on December 4, 2019 (France), on December 6, 2019 (United Kingdom) and on December 12, 2019 (Germany) distributing by Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Karo Premiere, NOS Audiovisuais, Roadshow Films, Tanweer Alliances, Warner Bros. F.E. and HBO Max.


What are Motherless Brooklyn filming details?

The duration of the film is 144 minutes. With a budget of $26 million, the film grossed over $18.5 million.

"Motherless Brooklyn" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.


What are critics and audiences saying about Motherless Brooklyn movie?

"Motherless Brooklyn" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.8/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 64/100.

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