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The Last New Yorker -- Lifelong friends Lenny Sugarman (Dominic Chianese) and Ruben Liebner (Dick Latessa), both in their 70s, both dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers, barely recognize the Manhattan of their youth. The city they’ve loved for decades has become a playground for the too-rich; their places, the ones they’ve frequented for years, are now refuges from a changing world they’re increasingly unable to keep up with. When Lenny—a lone schemer all his life—finally gets in over his head, he decides to seek the one thing he’s never had: true love. But to achieve it, he may have to abandon the only place he’s ever known.


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  (in credits order)

Dominic Chianese ... Lenny Sugarman

Dick Latessa ... Ruben
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Buddeke ... Connie

Catherine Lloyd Burns ... Hostess

Kathleen Chalfant ... Mimi

Joe Grifasi ... Jerry

Josh Hamilton ... Zach
Ben Hammer ... Moses Weiss

Ann Hu ... Reporter
Jen Jones ... Molly

Sylvia Kauders ... Miriam Weiss

William Stone Mahoney ... McCormack (as William Mahoney)

Keith Middleton ... Bike Messenger

Dequina Moore ... Waitress

Laith Nakli ... Cabbie
Stuart Rudin ... Eisenberg's Waiter
Martin Shakar ... Sal

Joseph R. Sicari ... Salvatore
Natalie Silverlieb ... Talia
Irma St. Paule ... Pearl
Gerry Vichi ... Lou Fishman

Directed by
Harvey Wang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Adam Forgash 

Produced by
Adam Forgash .... producer
Jonathan Lia .... line producer
Rich Macary .... executive producer
Todd Olson .... executive producer
Danny Vinik .... producer
Original Music by
Dario Eskenazi 
Cinematography by
Derek McKane 
Film Editing by
Jeff Flohr 
Casting by
Olivia Harris 
Production Design by
Tamar Gadish 
Art Direction by
Patrick McGowan 
Set Decoration by
Megan Foerster 
Costume Design by
Jan Finnell 
Makeup Department
B. Cohen .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jeff Flohr .... post-production supervisor
Jonathan Lia .... unit production manager
Justin Pandolfino .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kim Cameron .... second assistant director
Jonathan Lia .... first assistant director
Art Department
Monica Wille .... property master
Sound Department
Andrew Baker .... sound intern
Ryan Heiferman .... adr recordist
Giles Khan .... sound mixer (as Giles Kahn)
Giles Khan .... sound mixer
Brooke Montgomery .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Bottazzi .... second assistant camera
Jeff Flohr .... digital imaging technician
Sergei Franklin .... Steadicam operator
Thomas Pease .... assistant camera
Tom Pease .... first assistant camera
Josiah Silverstein .... key grip
Shaun Trout .... gaffer
Casting Department
Lindsey Magee .... extras casting
Jeffrey Gafner .... casting associate: new york (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol Holloman .... assistant wardrobe
Kimberly Karel .... assistant costume designer
Other crew
Russell Eida .... production assistant
Bjarni Haraldsson .... production assistant
Kathryn Jones .... script supervisor
Kathryn Velvel Jones .... script supervisor
Sara Lebastchi .... intern
Michael J. Linowes .... legal counsel
Lindsey Magee .... production assistant
Marie Martino .... intern
Mario E. Mera .... intern
Owen O'Leary .... key production assistant
Justin Pandolfino .... production coordinator
Bob Fisher .... thanks
Vanessa Parise .... special thanks

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USA:90 min
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A big heart in the Big Apple, 16 February 2010
Author: telegiant from New York, NY

No, it's not "Paths of Glory," "Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens," or any of the other half-dozen things one of the other reviewers here evidently wishes it were. But it is something I haven't seen in a while – an honest film about aging and the challenges of moving beyond regrets and missed opportunities toward mature self-fulfillment.

The modest, and I think successful, ambition of Wang's film is to tell a story about the kinds of New Yorkers we don't often see on screen these days against the backdrop of a changing city that no longer offers them the opportunities of days past.

Main character Lenny is moving toward a very literal dead end, facing the prospects of financial ruin and perpetual loneliness, until he meets Mimi and glimpses a way out of the trap his life has become.

For me, the beauty of the film is that it does not at this point become a conventional valentine to December romance, but instead offers a gentle commentary on the meaning of true friendship and finding the courage to move with dignity into life's later stages. The ending may strike some as a bit fanciful, but it makes sense in light of the film's gradual revelation of the real relationship at the heart of the story.

"The Last New Yorker" has a generous spirit, and I would definitely recommend it to those looking for a breather from the standard preconceptions of movie love in the big city.

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