A gallery of characters in Brooklyn in the 1950s are crushed by their surroundings and selves: a union strike leader discovers he is gay; a prostitute falls in love with one of her clients; a family cannot cope with the fact that their daughter is illegitimately pregnant.
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An earnest attempt to translate a traumatizing book to film. They played it safe however, softening the blow, resulting in a good movie, instead of a great movie. Outstanding, esp. JJ Leigh as Tralala.