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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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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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MINSTREL BOY
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Performed by Morning Star
Vocal by Rosaleen Linehan
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Makes you wonder how Russell Crowe got an Oscar before Matt Dillon.
23 January 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie on late night cable several years ago and found myself riveted to the point where I decided to tape it and now, 10 years later still find myself unable to record over it. It's just that good!! Matt Dillon and Danny Glover deliver performances subtle but powerful enough to make you forget they are actors. The New York locales add to the feeling of authenticity and makes you wonder if mayors past and present (including "America's Mayor" Rudy Giuliani) are barking up the wrong tree in attacking squeegie men trying to make a buck rather than concentrating on more important things.

Anyhow, back to the film: Ving Rhames appears as a thug our duo just can't seem to escape for as hard as they try to achieve their dreams, they are constantly forced to spend the night in a shelter with him. In seeing this film you also will be unable to shake feelings of frustration we all meet at one time or another at the hands of bureaucracy. Matt Dillon's character can't receive a check because he has no ID, Danny Glover can't mourn at a paupers cemetery because it's against regulations, etc.

This film is about trying to maintain hope, beauty, humor, dignity and caring when homeless and if this just sounds like your typical tear-jerker, just remember, as Glover's character points out when condescended by a yuppie: "three missed checks and that guy's living on the streets just like us." It's a powerful message when you begin to see just how hard it is to climb out of the pit once in it. Rent this film, you'll be be glad you did. This is a gem despite Leonard Maltin's half-assed review. This film deserves to be recognized more than it has been for Dillon proves he can act any of our "stars" under the table with just a filmless camera. You may need a hanky though. I can sit through the bloodiest of movies while eating yet this film moved me. I give this movie a 9.5 out of 10. SEE THIS MOVIE!!!


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