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The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)

R | | Drama | 17 November 1993 (USA)
Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by... See full summary »

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Jerry / Narrator
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Rosario
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Tamsen
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Little Leroy
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Spits
Harry Ellington ...
Arthur
Ralph Hughes ...
Jason
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Gloria
Robert Beatty ...
Ex-Pharmacist
Reuben Schafer ...
Greek Man
Louis Williams ...
Ennis
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John
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Peter
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Fred
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Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by Little Leroy, a thug who is one of the tough denizens of the Fort Washington Shelter for Men. He reaches out to Jerry, a streetwise combat veteran, who takes Matthew under his wing as a son. The relationship between these two men grows as they attempt to conquer the numbing isolation of homelessness. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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17 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$57,115 (USA)
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In order to research his role in the film, Danny Glover actually went incognito as a homeless person to get the feel for the struggles and hardship that homeless people endure. See more »

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Two different people said that Fort Washington Armory was in two different parts of the city. The guard at the family shelter told Matthew, "You're in the wrong place. You got to go downtown to Fort Washington." Later in the movie, at Fort Washington, Little Leroy said to Matthew, "We here at Washington Heights (where Ft. Wash. Armory is located). That's in the northern tip of the island of Manhattan, ..." Downtown is southern Manhattan. See more »

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Little Leroy, Fort Washington Bully: [sees Matthew handing out smokes] Meeeooow. Kitty cat, I'm always where th' money'zat
[pause]
Little Leroy, Fort Washington Bully: Doncha know th' Bowery rate of exchange, boy?
Matthew: No.
Little Leroy, Fort Washington Bully: We here, in Washington Heights, that's in th' northern tip of the island of Manhattan, but we still operate at the Bowery rate.
Matthew: Yeah, I don't know it.
Little Leroy, Fort Washington Bully: Twenty cents, baby. Two thin dimes a smoke.
[holds smokes out to Matthew]
Little Leroy, Fort Washington Bully: These my loosies. See, I th' loosies representative 'round here, y'understand? Now, y'settin' a bad example, boy. Y'takin' unfair ...
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SHAME
Written & Performed by Julia Fordham
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc./CIRCA Records Ltd.
Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd. (PRS)
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A solid drama that is well worth watching.
4 April 1999 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

A film about homelessness seemed like a depressing movie to watch, but the New York Times blurb on the video case along with Danny Glover's presence tipped the balance. It wasn't depressing. I was glad to see it. My wife rated it 10 out of 10. I'd give it 8 out of 10. Many scenes are heart-touching, without being over-sentimental. The acting and script are super, making it very believable. This isn't the usual 'shoot-em-up / car chase' movie. It is a story about life, about the reality for so many. You do not have to be homeless, or even close to it, in order to relate to this movie. All of us have had similar experiences of despair and bad luck. And just who is the saint ? Watch and find out...


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