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80 Blocks from Tiffany's is a 1979 documentary directed by Gary Weis.[1] It depicts the daily lives of gangs within the context of the South Bronx. It deals primarily with two gangs, one African American and the other Puerto Rican, known as the "Savage Skulls" and the "Savage Nomads".[2]

80 Blocks from Tiffany's
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Directed byGary Weis
Produced byGary Weis
Written byJohn Bradshaw
CinematographyJoan Churchill
Edited byMichal Goldman
Above Average Productions
Release date
1979 (1979)
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited States

The South Bronx was known for its severe social decay during the 1970s[3] and this idea was emphasised throughout the documentary. The documentary also illustrated many social issues such as high unemployment, prostitution and drug and alcohol abuse.[1] The name of the documentary refers to the distance between Tiffany's jewelry store on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and the South Bronx.

80 Blocks from Tiffany's was released by Pacific Arts Entertainment for Home Video on VHS in 1985.


  1. ^ a b Phanor-Faury, Alexandra (October 25, 2010). "Director Gary Weis on His Influential, Long-Lost Doc '80 Blocks from Tiffany's'". BlackBook.
  2. ^ "AllMovie | Movies and Films Database | Movie Search, Ratings, Photos, Recommendations, and Reviews". Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  3. ^ "Left to Die, the South Bronx Rises From Decades of Decay -". Retrieved 2016-03-29.

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