Astonishing, incredibly powerful and ambitious chronicle of a young black man from the Bronx in the 1970's trying to make his way in life.
Only thing that holds the film back from being a complete masterpiece is a rather cold distance left between the lead character(Larenz Tate) and the audience.
But with grandiose visual sequences, an incredible cast, and gripping moments of violence throughout -the Hughes brothers manage to create their own cinematic world, albeit with more than a few salutes to Scorsese. Story still feels fresh and pulse pounding. We follow Tate from the Bronx, to Vietnam, and back again.
Film shoots to raise the story above action, politics, money, or war. Seems to be a depiction of man and the questions of destiny often associated with a life story. Bizarrely reminded me of Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor".
Some may be turned off by the ending, but this viewer found it to be a stunning and quietly moving finale.