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Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five -- What would you do? 

What if somebody told you that one of your very best friends from High School, someone you were really close to, had lost his mind and disappeared. Without a trace. Would you believe it? Would you wonder how it all came to pass? 

Would you look for him? 

These are the questions that face Stan and Daniel, the two lifelong friends at the center of WENT TO CONEY ISLAND ON A MISSION FROM GOD...BE BACK BY FIVE. They've heard a rumor that a childhood buddy, Richie, with whom they've lost touch over the years, has been sighted, apparently insane, actually living out at the amusement park on Coney Island. Dubious at first, but looking for a reason to skip out on work, they decide that the only way to know for sure is to go and find him. 

What follows is a quirky tale of love, self-discovery, secrets, and betrayal. On a wintry day, we follow Stan and Daniel as they search the boardwalk and the arcades, the defunct remains of the once-glittering amusement park, for the lost Richie.


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  (in credits order)

Jon Cryer ... Daniel
Rick Stear ... Stan
Rafael Báez ... Richie

Ione Skye ... Gabby

Frank Whaley ... Skee-Ball Weasel

Peter Gerety ... Maurice
Akili Prince ... Julie

Aesha Waks ... Cindy Goldclang

Dominic Chianese ... Mickey (The Photographer)
Susan Foster ... Jennifer
Christina Hernandez ... Alegra, Richie's sister
William Wise ... Sexy Larry (The Store Owner)
Patricia Mauceri ... Mrs. Muñoz

Leslie Hendrix ... The Bearded Lady
Jesse Lenat ... Jojo
Brandon Espinoza ... 12 Year Old Stan

Timothy Reifsnyder ... 12 Year Old Daniel (as Timmy Reifsnyder)
Richard Acosta ... 12 Year Old Richie

Laura Breckenridge ... 12 Year Old Gabby

Judy Reyes ... Waitress

Robert Levine ... Sol
Helmar Augustus Cooper ... Bumper Car Operator

Justin Pierre Edmund ... Kid
Fernando López ... Richie's Brother

Richard Schenkman ... Freak Show Guy

Norbert Leo Butz ... Pawnbroker

Marceline Hugot ... Homeless Woman

Roz Ryan ... Nurse

Peggy Pope ... Mrs. Bernstein
Maylin Pultar ... Consuela

Wilson Jermaine Heredia ... Darcy
Diane Cheng ... Mrs. Liu

Eugene Byrd ... Teenage Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Janai P. Canada ... Lady in the resturant
Robin Dorian ... Dog Walker

Shawn G. Smith ... Pizza Guy
Steven Howley ... Extra (uncredited)

George Nicolaidis ... Pizza Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Schenkman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jon Cryer  writer
Richard Schenkman  writer

Produced by
Jon Cryer .... producer
Annie Flocco .... associate producer
Lawrence Elmer Fuhrmann Jr. .... line producer
Richard Schenkman .... producer
Original Music by
Midge Ure 
Cinematography by
Adam Beckman 
Film Editing by
Richard LaBrie 
Casting by
Mark Saks 
Production Design by
Bill Stabile 
Costume Design by
Deirdra Elizabeth Govan 
Makeup Department
Joanne Ottaviano .... key hair stylist
Joanne Ottaviano .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Brandi Savitt .... production manager
Meredith Welsch .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vince P. Maggio .... first assistant director
Jason Savader .... second second assistant director
Doug Torres .... second assistant director
Art Department
Scott Rosenstein .... art department production assistant
Franz Wise .... property master
Sound Department
David Alvarez .... sound mixer
Trip Brock .... supervising adr editor
Trip Brock .... supervising dialogue editor
David Michael Erwin .... sound re-recording mixer
Sean Fahimian .... assistant sound editor
Greg Mauer .... foley engineer
Rick Owens .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Will Arnot .... key grip
James Childers .... gaffer
Riad Deeb .... grip
Thomas LeGoff .... still photographer
Cliff Weisner .... electrician
Casting Department
Jeff Covitz .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen L. Collen .... wardrobe supervisor (as Helen L. Simmons)
Music Department
Sean Fernald .... music supervisor
Other crew
Nuri Bell .... production assistant
Matthew Chilsen .... location manager
Kayla Thames .... location manager: Los Angeles
Dawn Wolfrom .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Rated R for language
94 min

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A little gem of a movie that deserves to be discovered, 8 March 2008
Author: topo872 from Ohio USA

Went To Coney Island On A Mission From God, Be Back By Five- Terrific Drama/comedy written, produced and co-starring Jon Cryer about a trio of friends in New York city that have known each other since childhood. They have lost touch as they became adults as often happens until one day two of them get news that the third is homeless and living in Coney Island. so the two take off from work "on a mission from God" (their code to play hooky from school as kids) to find their friend. So the stage is set for a journey of friendship and discovery as we see how these grown men have faced adulthood and its challenges, or more importantly, run from them. We experience their childhood through a series of flashbacks from which we gleam information that directly impacts the present day narrative such as that their missing friend may not have been heterosexual, though they knew him as a ladies man and how this led to a huge tragedy in his life. This kind of movie is hard to pull off and could easily fall into Hollywood schmaltz with a lot of weeping and teary-eyed falsehoods. But this movie avoids all that and keeps a rather hard edge at all times. Understanding that the subject matter is serious and never makes fun of its characters, or looks down on them to pull at your heart strings. The terrific acting goes a long, long way to make this all work with kudos to Cryer who essays the less flashy role of the nebbish. Newcomer Rick Steer is really good as well as his angry, alcoholic friend who has tried to hang onto their youth for all these years. Rafeal Baez is very good as the lost friend too, in a difficult role, having to play both repression and mental illness without over doing it. he does a fine job. Ione Skye is on board in a supporting role and it is always nice to see her too. Overall this is a little gem of a movie that has for some reason been overlooked for almost ten years now. Time to rectify that situation.

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