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Astoria (2000)

R | | Drama | 28 March 2006 (USA)
Set in the Queens neighborhood known as "Little Athens", ASTORIA centers around a blue-collar Greek-American family and its struggle to hold on to the American Dream. It follows the journey... See full summary »

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Rick Stear ...
Alex
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Demos
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Theo (as Joe D'Onofrio)
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Elena
Geraldine LiBrandi ...
Soula
Steven J. Christopher ...
Lakis
Yanni Sfinias ...
Mitsos
Elsa Tsartsidou ...
Katina
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George
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Nick
Kleanthis Bakalis ...
Card Player No. 1
Nicholas Belleas ...
Card Player No. 2
Christopher Koron ...
Card Player No. 3
Martha Kyriankides ...
Waitress at Social Club
Despina Koumis ...
Dancing Girl No. 1
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Set in the Queens neighborhood known as "Little Athens", ASTORIA centers around a blue-collar Greek-American family and its struggle to hold on to the American Dream. It follows the journey of 28-year-old Alex and his desire to escape his stagnant neighborhood and pursue an off-beat dream that will take him to the lost tomb of Alexander the Great. Alex must overcome his Old World-minded father's plans - expanding the family business, a small corner eatery, and contending with some local wiseguys intent on collecting his dad's gambling debt. When Alex becomes enchanted with a beautiful iconographer, visiting from Greece, things take another turn... Written by Marevan Pictures <marevanpictures@aol.com>

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Sweet Adult-Son-of-Immigrants Story
28 October 2005 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"Astoria" is a sweet adult-son-of-immigrants story, not too different from all the others before it.

This time it's today's Greeks of Astoria, Queens, as called up by first-time writer/director Nick Efteriades. With resonances from "The Jazz Singer" to fellow Astorian John Turturro's own ode to his father "Mac," there are sparks of originality and unexpected turns, notably helped by charming lead actor Nick Steer, as he makes choices about his family and his life.

Though dripping the authenticity of home town filming locales and casting (only Paige Turco is a familiar face), the pace is a bit slow, also probably hampered by a low budget for much of a soundtrack.

I felt like a traitor seeing the movie in Manhattan, but at least it was in the top of a converted movie palace that recalled Astoria's late Triboro Theater. As it was, I was the only one of the five other people in the theater not speaking Greek so they must have been from The Old Neighborhood.

(originally written 4/13/2002)


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