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Heavy Traffic (1973)

Cast: Robert Easton, Beverly Hope Atkinson, Helene Winston, more...
Director: Ralph Bakshi
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Action, Animation, Adventure, Cel
Running Time: 76 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Heavy Traffic represents a follow-up to animator Ralph Bakshi's first feature film, Fritz the Cat (1972). The central character is Michael, the ingenuous son of an Italian father and Jewish mother. An aspiring cartoonist, Michael leaves home in a huff and outrages his family by conducting an affair with an African-American woman. Heavy Traffic was originally intended to be a cartoon adaptation of Hubert Selby's notorious novel Last Exit to Brooklyn, but negotiations fell through, and Bakshi was obliged to cook up a similar but not identical "mean streets" plotline. (Last Exit to Brooklyn was made as a live-action film in 1989.) ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Bizarre, Racist, and oftentimes Grotesque by WAkers January 2, 2003 - 1:24 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The Animation is certainly ahead of its time, although by today's standards it may be seen as archaic (lots of superimposed animation, bizarre stock footage, etc.)

The film is definitely graphic, with lots of sex and bizarre violence. It also seems to be a bit racist -- but I'm not sure whether this was the intention. Maybe it was okay to use such epiteths back in the early 70's -- I wasn't even born then, so I'm not sure.

I think maybe being offensive was this film's main purpose. . .if so, it certainly acheived its goal. Worth the rental if you're a Bakshi fan, if you're easily offended -- then you're probably not!

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