The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, N.Y., during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs or in prison, he comes to believe he has been saved from their fate by various so-called saints.
Robert Downey Jr.,
Nicky Rogan's new play is opening on Broadway and many agree, he has written the best play his career. Or has he? Critic Steven Schwimmer is slated to review and he's ruined many a playwright with his scathing words. Nicky is becoming concerned, but instead chooses to obsess over his Red Sox and their chances again the Mets in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Will the Sox and his play come crashing down on the same night? Written by
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Director Hoffman says in his commentary that the character of Steven Schwimmer is given a birthmark because the original character, as written by Don DeLillo, was not meant to be as attractive as 'Robert Downey Jr.' was when he was cast in the part. Hoffman says, "We had gone long and hard trying to figure out how we create some kind of physical scar that replicates the kind of wound that he feels inside." See more »
When the camera pans the Red Sox locker room, showing the hung up jerseys, the jerseys have Mitchell and Ness tags on the collar. Mitchell and Ness is a producer of historic and vintage jerseys. In 1986 the MLB uniform manufacturer was Rawlings. See more »
Really enjoyed this "New York" film ... Keaton and Downey were great ... good music... craziness all around ... Bebe Neuworth was completely over the top. Super New York City shots recreating the grit and graffiti of '86 that have pretty much disappeared. One of the best features is the background monologue by a fictitious radio announcer that is heard throughout... great language... DeLillo! Also the moments of the game interspersed with the ongoing narrative were well done. I'm not a big baseball fan and wasn't much aware of the 1986 series (even though I live in New York) but I found the game sequences fun and exciting. Saw this at a pre-screening (opening March 10 in NYC)with a Q&A afterward and was amazed at the LOW cost to make the film. The producer (who also produced After Hours )indicated that most people worked for practically nothing... It isn't a 'perfect' film but I would highly recommend it as a totally entertaining two hours.
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