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Jersey City teen Ray Ray Morales is wasting time in a low paying job until a local loan shark offers him a job -- making sure that Ray Ray's friend, an immigrant pawnbroker makes his weekly payments. | Add synopsis »
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Cristina Ablaza ... Hilda

Mike Benitez ... Little Tony

Anthony Chisholm ... Floyd
Angel David ... Ferdie

Joe Grifasi ... Alphonso 'Chunks' Colon

Frank Harts ... Oswaldo 'Papo' Rivera

Victor Hawks ... The Father

David Margulies ... Kutty Nazarian

Marjan Neshat ... Ruby

Jimmy Palumbo ... Contruction Worker (2002)
Mikey Romano ... The Son

Rafael Sardina ... Ray Ray Morales

Karen Starc ... Debbie (as Karen Goberman)

Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Mr. Stubbs

Directed by
Michael Tolajian 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Tolajian  writer

Produced by
Bergen Swanson .... producer
Michael Tolajian .... producer
Original Music by
Joe Delia 
Cinematography by
Kip Bogdahn 
Film Editing by
Seth Anderson 
Michael Tolajian 
Casting by
Patricia Kerrigan DiCerto 
Production Design by
Alida Jung 
Ethan Tobman 
Makeup Department
Marsha Page .... assistant makeup artist
Kamila Zmrzla .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joshua Freeman .... second assistant director
Jared Trimble .... first assistant director
Art Department
Alanna Levy .... property master
Sound Department
Neil Cedar .... dialogue editor
Neil Cedar .... sound supervisor
Thomas Collardeau .... boom operator
Philippe Desloovere .... sound effects editor (as Des Desloovere)
Jim Gallager .... foley recordist
Ken Hahn .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken Hahn .... sound supervisor
John Hassler .... foley artist
Roy Marasigan .... additional boom operator
Tony Pipitone .... sound effects editor
James David Redding III .... sound technician (as James Redding)
Griffin Richardson .... location sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Bloodwell .... first assistant camera
John Coots .... electrician
Bob Izzo .... best boy grip
Gary Jackiewicz .... grip
Chan Jeon .... grip
Aaron Kovalchik .... second assistant camera
Brian Nisbett .... lighting technician
Nick Olson .... electrician
Dana Turken .... second assistant camera
Perry Unjang .... key grip
Jason Velez .... gaffer
Casting Department
Lois J. Drabkin .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cortney Shelford .... wardrobe assistant
Music Department
Frank Harts .... composer: additional music
Radovan Jovicevic .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Christopher Lagdamen .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"A Jersey Tale" - USA (video title)
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Rated R for language and sexual references
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Sleeper!, 12 November 2005
Author: lavatch from Twin Cities, Minnesota

This thoughtful film appeared on cable television under the title "Jersey Tale," and the real star of the show is the writer-director Michael Tolajian.

The story is a compelling coming-of-age tale about a young man facing the pressures of adulthood. The performance of Rafael Sardina as the central character Ray hit all the right notes with occasional moments of humor, as well as emotional nuances.

While Ray's character is working out issues related to love in his relationships with two young women, it is his developing association with the pawnbroker named Kutty Nazarian (David Marguiles) that is rich in its layers of dramatic expression. Kutty becomes both a friend and father figure to Ray. At the same time, Ray is coming into his own as a young man who might offer a lesson or two to Kutty.

Writer-director Tolajian provided crisp dialogue, and the pacing of the film was superb. The producers of big-budget films would be well advised to study "Bought and Sold" as an example of a lovely slice of life and film-making at its best!

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