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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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Cast

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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
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Ennis
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John
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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:

A hajléktalanok szentje  »

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$57,115 (USA)
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The scenes where Ving Rhames and company rob and beat people for their personal belongs at the homeless shelter are actually based on real life events that actually take place in most shelters of this kind. See more »

Goofs

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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LO QUE TRAE RUMBAVANA
Performed by Conjunto Rumbavana
Music & Lyrics by Candido Fabre
Courtesy of Egrem Records
Published by Editora Musical de Cuba
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So realistic it's scary!
2 June 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

As a former NYPD officer I can tell you this film is so realistic it's scary. the terrifying homeless shelters of NY are one step above Dante's Inferno. Potters field on Hart's island is also portrayed exactly as it is.

This Matt Dillon is some kind of actor. How do actors like this get passed over while morons like Sandler and Stiller are so highly praised? This world is just a little upside down. I have a feeling we wont be seeing many more movies like the saint of fort washington now that shrek 2 has busted all previous box office records. Like I said this world is just a little upside down! Danny Glover is also great in his role. So sad that we can spend 200 billion in Iraq and not provide proper facilities for our own mentally disturbed people.


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