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  (in credits order)

Jon Bon Jovi ... Jamey Meadows

Bai Ling ... Chun Hua

William Forsythe ... Gil Meadows

Jill Hennessy ... Patti

Peter Kwong ... Tony Lo Fat

John Ventimiglia ... Anton
Joseph Michael Marmo ... Joey / Gangster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diane Chang ... Han Feng - mother-in-law
Quentin Heggs ... Jiggy

Thomas Lennon ... Census Taker

Bridget Moynahan ... Apartment Owner

Alysia Reiner ... (scenes deleted)

Ava Lee Scott ... Neighbor (as Alba Albanese)
Joey Vega
Alvin Walker ... Jamey's street friend
Huan Wang ... Chun Hua's husband

Eileen Galindo ... Latina Girl in Apartment Building (uncredited)
John Quincy Lee ... Kidnapped Hostage (uncredited)

William J. Mendola ... Guy Kissing Girl on Bench (uncredited)
Ray Tom ... Gangster (uncredited)

Directed by
Sollace Mitchell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sollace Mitchell  writer

Produced by
Mary-Jane April .... line producer
Jennifer Dewis .... executive producer
Chip Duncan .... producer
Charles Falzon .... co-executive producer
Harvey Kahn .... producer
Lindsay Marx .... executive producer
Karen Montgomery .... co-producer
Charles Reiner .... executive producer
Claudia Vianello .... producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Michael F. Barrow 
Zoltán David 
Film Editing by
Alex Albanese 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Georgianne Walken 
Production Design by
Joe Warson 
Set Decoration by
Elizabeth Meyerson 
Costume Design by
Kristen Couchot 
Makeup Department
Nicki Ledermann .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jolyon Handler .... first assistant director
Amanda Slater .... second assistant director
Art Department
Deborah M. Staab .... property master (as Debbie Staab)
Sound Department
Matthew Armstrong .... boom operator
Brian Bowles .... dialogue editor
Patrick Dundas .... adr supervisor
Mark Holland .... sound designer
Mark Holland .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Morrone .... sound re-recording mixer
Noah Timan .... production sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Yakov Baytler .... 3D effects animator
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd Csernecky .... best boy electric
Meraby Ellis .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Kristine Bulakowski .... extras casting: in-house
Music Department
Phil Ramone .... music supervisor
Other crew
Marco Ajello .... production assistant
Liza Alhadeff .... production assistant
Lisa Arnone .... script supervisor
Ed Baran .... publicist
Alfonso Trinidad .... location assistant
Rose Viggiano .... assistant location manager

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[Jamey talking to an old woman, who's husband is dead. The old woman, however, does not think her husband is dead]
Jamey Meadows:Does this person speak any other languages than English at home?
Valerie Margeson:No, and you do not have to whisper. His hearing aid is off.
Jamey Meadows:How well does Mr. Margeson speak English? Would you say: Very well, well, not well or not at all?
Valerie Margeson:I suppose I have to say: Not at all.
Jamey Meadows:Have this person taken a job the last week?
Valerie Margeson:No
Jamey Meadows:No, already have a job? No, temporary ill? Or no for other reasons?
Valerie Margeson:Other reasons...
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
An overlooked gem, 2 December 2004
Author: Lyssie_Adams from United Kingdom

This film was a real find. A truly engaging story and characters you can care about make this a far more rewarding viewing experience than many higher profile, bigger budget films.

Set in New York and dealing with an ex-con's struggle to go straight, this is a sweet, intelligent and moving film. Its central motif is the tragedy of the predicament that Jamey Meadows finds himself in - thoughtful and compassionate, his attempts to re-build his life are pushed down at every stage by his circumstances. The issues of the poverty cycle and the corruption of the vulnerable by the very people who should be protecting them are handled with care and insight, but without the cloying sentimentality so common in modern American cinema. Superbly written, though sadly poorly edited, this is a beautiful look at the struggle between idealism and practicality in today's world. This may sound heavy, but the script is peppered with humor and delivered with a lightness of touch that renders this a thoroughly enjoyable movie.

The cast are commendable, both as individuals and as an ensemble, and the responsiveness of their performances in their interactions with each other lift this movie above the ordinary. Bai Ling's performance is a perfect balance of vulnerability and spiritedness, full of childlike innocence and wonder yet at the same time worn down by the seeming inevitability of life's disappointments. The biggest surprise however is Jon Bon Jovi as Jamey Meadows. Some of his other performances have been stilted and unresponsive, and even his well executed turn in The Leading Man falls short of being truly impressive due to his character's marked similarity to his own public face. In Row Your Boat, on the other hand, Jon Bon Jovi shines. A man of commanding presence and charm when fronting his rock band, Bon Jovi is utterly believable here as a slightly awkward down and out dominated by his older brother. His responsive and committed interactions with the other cast members are what set this performance apart from his others, and credit must be given to the director for drawing out such an impressive performance where other directors have failed.

In all, a gem of a movie which has sadly been overlooked. Its limited release is a real shame.

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