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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, New York during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs, or in prison. He comes to believe he has been saved from their fates by various so-called saints.

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Dito, a writer in L.A., goes home to Astoria, Queens, after a 15-year absence when his mother calls to say his father's ill. In a series of flashbacks we see the young Dito, his parents, his four closest friends, and his girl Laurie, as each tries to navigate family, race, loyalty, sex, coming of age, violence, and wanting out. A ball falls onto the subway tracks at a station, small things get out of hand. Can Dito go home again? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In the end, he left everyone and everything... but no one really left him. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality, and drug use | See all certifications »

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13 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tus santos y tus demonios  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$94,784, 1 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$516,139, 19 November 2006
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Eleonore Hendricks was originally cast as the young Laurie, who was a white girl in real-life. But Rosario Dawson expressed interest in playing the older Laurie. As Dawson is mixed race, and Hendricks is white, Melonie Diaz was chosen to play the teen-aged Laurie. Hendricks was then given a smaller role as Laurie's friend Jenny to make up for it. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Antonio beats the Reaper with a bat in the store you can see Listerine Pocketpacks breath strips which didn't come to the market until the 21st century. See more »

Quotes

Young Dito: Cause me and Mike, we're going to California with our band and shit and I want you to come cause I love you, and the fucking Mets won.
Young Laurie: What? What did you say? You said you loved me.
Young Dito: What?
Young Laurie: You said you loved me right? I'm serious that shit means a lot to me you know?
Young Dito: Yeah I love you, i don't understand, I love you, cause I love you... fucking.
Young Laurie: [laughs] Stupid.
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A small scene is shown in the end credits while "New York Groove" is playing. See more »

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References Asteroids (1979) See more »

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Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Written by Elton John (as Ann Orson' and Bernie Taupin (as Carte Blanche)
Performed by Elton John & Kiki Dee
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Raw, Gritty, and Stunning.
8 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to catch the last showing of "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" at my local theater, and man, was I surprised. I haven't seen a film with such an accurate and heart wrenching portraits of troubled youths since "Kids".

"A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" gives us a glimpse into the life of Dito Montiel (Shia Labouf, with Robert Downey Jr. as the older version) growing up on the streets of Astoria, Queens in 1986. When he leaves for California, he leaves behind his best friend and resident tough guy Antonio (Channing Tatum, with Eric Roberts playing the older version), his caring mother (Diane Wiest) and tough love father (Chazz Palminteri), his girlfriend Laurie (Melonie Diaz, with Rosario Dawson as the older version), and pretty much everyone else he knew.

First time director Dito Montiel does a stellar job of establishing characters and their relationships. He also does a great job directing scenes that seem so real (thnks to some superb acting by the cast), it almost seems like a documentary. A huge round of applause goes to the cast for their performances.

The ending wasn't really cohesive with the script. I didn't leave knowing what happened with Dito and his family and friends. Other than that, there's not a single bad moment.

"A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" is raw, gritty, and stunning. There's not a single disappointing scene in the movie.

9.5/10


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