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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints -- Torn between his ill father, his domineering friend and protector Antonio, the neighborhood war and the lustful temptations of youth, Dito struggles against his desire to escape, running away from everything he knows.
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints -- 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.


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13 October 2006 (USA) See more »
Queens, New York, 1986. Sometimes the only way forward, is back. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dianne Wiest ... Flori

Robert Downey Jr. ... Dito

Shia LaBeouf ... Young Dito

Melonie Diaz ... Young Laurie

Laila Liliana Garro ... Diane (as Julia Garro)

Eleonore Hendricks ... Jenny

Adam Scarimbolo ... Guiseppe

Peter Anthony Tambakis ... Young Nerf (as Peter Tambakis)

Channing Tatum ... Young Antonio
Anthony Tirado ... Street Corner Puerto Rican (credit only)
Erick Rosado ... Puerto Rican Van Driver
Steve Payne ... Beach Chair Guy (as Steven Payne)

Chazz Palminteri ... Monty

Tibor Feldman ... Teacher

Martin Compston ... Mike O'Shea
Marc Castle ... Drunken Man in Subway
Steven Randazzo ... Token Clerk (as Stephen Randazzo)

George DiCenzo ... Uncle George (as George Di Cenzo)

Olga Merediz ... Aunt Mary
Teresa Kelsey ... Newscaster (as Teresa Anne Kelsey)
Sammy Rhee ... Korean Shop Owner

Jermel Wilson ... Yup Yup

Michael Rivera ... Reaper

David Castro ... Reaper's Little Brother

Federico Castelluccio ... Antonio's Father

Anthony DeSando ... Frank the Dog Walker (as Anthony de Sando)

Scott Michael Campbell ... Nerf (as Scott Campbell)

Rosario Dawson ... Laurie

Kyle Benitez ... Laurie's Son
Iraida Polanco ... Old Woman

Gilbert Cruz ... Queensbridge Bodega Man

Eric Roberts ... Antonio

Chance Kelly ... Prison Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Angela Frye ... Woman in Subway Station (uncredited)

Yetta Gottesman ... Prison Visitor (uncredited)
Al Marz ... Street Corner Puerto Rican (uncredited)

Chris Nuñez ... Gang Member (uncredited)

Jeff Skowron ... Bookstore Clerk (uncredited)
Mike Struck ... Prison Gaurd (uncredited)

E. Austin Valentine ... Very young Dito (uncredited)

Directed by
Dito Montiel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dito Montiel  book
Dito Montiel  written by

Produced by
Rene Bastian .... co-producer
Charlie Corwin .... producer
Robert Downey Jr. .... co-producer
Jonathan Elias .... co-producer
Alex Francis .... associate producer
Amanda Mackey .... executive producer
Clara Markowicz .... producer
Linda Moran .... co-producer
Bobby Sager .... executive producer
Peter Sahagen .... executive producer
Sting .... executive producer
Trudie Styler .... producer
Lucy Sumner .... line producer (as Lucy Cooper)
Travis Swords .... producer
Original Music by
Jonathan Elias 
Cinematography by
Eric Gautier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jake Pushinsky 
Christopher Tellefsen 
Casting by
Melissa Chusid 
Amanda Mackey 
Cathy Sandrich  (as Cathy Sandrich Gelford)
Production Design by
Jody Asnes 
Set Decoration by
Cherish M. Hale  (as Cherish Magennis Hale)
Costume Design by
Sandra Hernandez 
Makeup Department
Mary Cooke .... key hair stylist (as Mary Cook)
Suzanne DeSimone .... additional makeup artist (as Suzanne D. De Simone)
Joseph Farulla .... additional makeup artist (as Joe Farulla)
Linda Grimes .... key makeup artist
Michael Laudati .... additional makeup artist
Dionne Pitsikoulis .... makeup artist
Eileen Tersago .... additional hair stylist
Production Management
Nicola Westermann .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcello Daciano .... first assistant director: second unit (as Mihalache Mihai)
Jason Graham .... second assistant director
Urs Hirschbiegel .... first assistant director
Anthony Ripoli .... second unit director
Justin Ritson .... second second assistant director
Nan Sandle .... second second assistant director (as Nan Marie Sandle)
Art Department
Sarah Berney .... scenic artist (as Sarah L. Berney)
Benjamin K. Cox .... art department assistant
Benjamin Craig .... scenic artist
Colin Eletto .... art department assistant
Shannon Finnerty .... assistant property master
Jessioca Gonzalez .... art department intern
Nora Killoran .... additional set dresser
Lianir Lopez .... art production assistant
Christina Madry .... art intern
David Moriarty .... scenic artist
Hannah Newman .... construction assistant
Andy Pan .... lead man
Mike Romano .... set carpenter
Jeremy Rosenstein .... art department assistant
Kyle Salvatore .... on-set dresser
Nicole M. Solis .... scenic artist (as Nicole Solis)
Joshua Visser .... construction coordinator (as Joshua M. Visser)
Bentley Wood .... property master
Derek J.W. Wybourn .... assistant property master
Marian Ziola-Stoeffelmeier .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Leslie Bloome .... foley artist (as Leslie Bloom)
Pam DeMetruis-Thomas .... adr editor (as Pam De Metruis-Thomas)
Eugene Gearty .... sound editor
John Gutierrez .... boom operator
Paul Hsu .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Hsu .... supervising sound editor
Charles R. Hunt .... sound mixer (as Charles Hunt)
Jesse Malings .... sound mixer
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (as Branka Mrkic-Tana)
Beauxregard Neylen .... assistant adr engineer
Beauxregard Neylen .... assistant foley engineer
Alex Raspa .... adr engineer
Alex Raspa .... foley engineer
Chris Rich .... sound facility supervisor
Lila Yomtoob .... assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Keith Yurevitz .... visual effects
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Aida Artieda .... additional electrician
Hugo Bonilla .... generator operator
Ethan Borsuk .... second assistant camera
Luis Colon .... grip
Katie Dainson .... additional second assistant camera
Christopher DelSordo .... additional second assistant camera (as Chris Del Sordo)
Billy Dickson .... additional photographer
Pedro Diez .... additional grip
Nicole Emmons .... additional electrician
Jack Foster .... best boy grip
Avra Fox-Lerner .... additional grip
John Frisbie .... third electrician
Andrew Greve .... additional electrician
Melissa Guimaraes .... key grip
Nick Haines-Stiles .... additional grip
David Harges .... gaffer (as David Lee Harges)
Steve Huber .... additional photographer
Gregory Hurcomb .... additional electrician
Daniel Kubick .... additional electrician (as Daniel Kubicek)
Nina Kuhn .... additional electrician
Marcus Lehmann .... grip
Parris Mayhew .... camera operator
Smokey Nelson .... gaffer: additional photography
Lisa Origlieri .... camera loader
Joseph Paolini .... third grip
Andrij Parekh .... additional photographer
Chris Reynolds .... first assistant camera
Francis Spieldenner .... additional first assistant camera
Jake Sumner .... camera intern
Walter Thomson .... still photographer
Fernando Vallejo .... camera intern
Casting Department
Lori Eastside .... extras casting
Avy Kaufman .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ngina Bowen .... wardrobe supervisor
Leslie Fry .... wardrobe intern
Mariette Hendriks .... costume supervisor
Whitney Kyles .... assistant costume designer
Christina Madry .... wardrobe intern
Evelyn Mejia .... wardrobe intern
Yvette Stapleton .... key costumer (as Yvette E. Stapleton)
David F. Zambrana .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Adam Folk .... post-production coordinator
Vaughan Killin .... color timer
William Lehman .... assistant editor
Anthony Ripoli .... assistant editor
Larry Schmitt .... on-line editor
Location Management
Jeff Caron .... location manager
Daniel Coss .... location manager: New York
Payton Dunham .... assistant location manager: preparation
Margaret Koschik .... location assistant (as Meg Koschik)
Alexander Zweig .... assistant location manager (as Alex Zweig)
Music Department
Jim Black .... music clearances: Clearsongs Inc.
Jimmy Haun .... additional scoring
Vincenzo LoRusso .... lead music mixer
Vincenzo LoRusso .... music recording engineer
Nathaniel Morgan .... music recording engineer
David Wittman .... additional scoring
Dan Dzula .... music recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John McMorrow .... driver
Timothy Paustian .... transportation captain (as Timothy J. Paustian)
Other crew
Matthew Amenta .... set production assistant (as Matthew C. Amenta)
Victoria Asher .... set intern
Luches Banks .... set production assistant
Eli Barach .... office intern
Anna Bosco .... accountant: JFA Inc.
Steve Boyle .... accountant: JFA Inc.
Alayne Brady .... office intern
Inna Braude .... assistant: Kingu Films
Emerson Bruns .... production legal counsel (as Emerson E. Bruns)
Linda Carbone .... production executive: Kingu Films, New York
Amyjoy Clark .... additional production assistant: first team
Alison Davis .... production secretary (as Alison M. Davis)
Patricia de Paula .... production coordinator
Bailey Ertel .... set production assistant
Jason Fesel .... set production assistant (as Jason Fredrick Fesel)
John B. Finn .... accountant: JPA Inc. (as John Finn)
Jessica Flores .... office intern (as Jessica J. Flores)
Stacy Frankel .... assistant: Original Media
Cliff Fuller .... production office coordinator
Rebecca Fulton .... script supervisor
Ish Goldstein .... set production assistant
Wilson Green .... set production assistant
Wayne Han .... production assistant
Sebastian Iervolino .... set intern
Pino Insegno .... voice dubbing: Robert Downey Jr
Sondra James .... loop group coordinator
Markus Janner .... titles & opticals: Duart Digital
Theis Jessen .... office production assistant
Lianir Lopez .... art production assistant
Theresa Lowrey .... assistant: Trudie Styler
Christine McAndrews .... production executive: Kingu Films, New York
Watari Nishida .... set production assistant
Shane O'Dell .... office manager: Belladonna
Ray Parada .... additional footage
Alyson Perlongo .... assistant: Original Media
Melissa Pfluger .... craft service: Kitchen 306 Inc.
Christina Prudenti .... craft service: Kitchen 306 Inc.
Jimmy Rich .... assistant: Robert Downey Jr.
Neil Ruddy .... weapons specialist
Nan Sandle .... production assistant: first team (as Nan Marie Sandle)
Clarence Sharpe .... key production assistant
Joleen Small .... office intern
Jesse Spellman .... set production assistant (as Jesse Spellman III)
Greg Staley .... additional set production assistant
Cordelia Stephens .... clearances and product placement
James P. Stephens .... assistant to director
Anita Sumner .... senior production executive: Kingu Films, London
Olivia Vesey .... set intern
T.G. Wilkinson .... set intern (as Tom Wilkinson)
Keith Yurevitz .... titles & opticals: Duart Digital
Ed Harris .... special thanks
Anne Hubbell .... thanks
Craig Kestel .... special thanks
Kenneth Shiffrin .... special thanks (as Kenneth Schiffrin)

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Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality, and drug use
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

When Dito (Shia LaBeouf) and Mike (Martin Compston) are talking about what music they should play, Mike says that they should sound like Black Flag or Major Conflict. Major Conflict is a NY hardcore band in which the director of the movie actually played when he was young.See more »
Anachronisms: In the 1980s scenes on the subway, scanning the rooftops, you can see many cellphone towers.See more »
Young Laurie:I'm Laurie... and everyone is going to leave me. I know they are.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Seven Minutes (2009)See more »
TroubleSee more »


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42 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
One of my favs of the year, 27 October 2006
Author: Henryhill51 from United States

First time director Dito Montiel's "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints" is a harsh autobiographical look back at his youth on the mean streets of Astoria, Queens in the mid 1980's. From the film's opening moments, Montiel introduces us to an intimate world of family and friendship that totally blindsided me by its greatness. There are moments in "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints" that roll along with such force and emotion, that Montiel feels like a natural born filmmaker, infusing his personal heartache into strong characters breathing within a vivid time and place. Montiel's handling of edits, sound, and music are also powerful, such as a scene in Dito's kitchen between his father and group of friends that explodes into stark images and quick cuts to black. Montiel also handles the return home of Downey Jr. with care and vulnerability, searching for small answers that come in revelatory conversations with his mother (Dianne Weist) and grown up girlfriend Dianne (played by Rosario Dawson). And while such personal material can be hard to translate without lapsing into melancholy, Montiel finds a way to craft a clear eyed version of his life, allowing strong acting and electric film-making to take over the balance of the experience. I love finding unheralded gems such as this. The name of Robert Downey Jr. brought me to the theater and I discovered a true talent in Dito Montiel who has crafted one of the finest directing debuts in several years

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