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We Own the Night (2007)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  12 October 2007 (USA)
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A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hit men.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie (as Dominic Colon)
Bloodied Patron (as Joe D'Onofrio)
Elena Solovey ...
Moni Moshonov ...


Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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drugs | arrest | raid | loyalty | violence | See All (242) »


Two brothers on opposite sides of the law. Beyond their differences lies loyalty. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, drug material, language, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La nuit nous appartient  »

Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,826,287 (USA) (12 October 2007)


£1,756,957 (UK) (11 January 2008)

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Did You Know?


The title of the movie is the motto for the New York Police Department's Street Crimes Unit disbanded in 2002. Their patch can be seen during the opening credits. See more »


In the first scene, Bobby slides his left hand into Amada's panties, but in the next shot of him it has changed to his right, as that shoulder is moving and his left hand is at her neck. See more »


[last lines]
Joseph Grusinsky: [whispers] I love you very much.
Bobby Green: [a beat] I love you too.
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Referenced in Entourage: The Dream Team (2007) See more »


I Ain't Got Nobody
Written by Roger Graham, Spencer Williams
Performed by Louis Prima & Keely Smith
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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A Plot Threadbare from Overuse
14 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

WE OWN THE NIGHT is the quote from the lower portion of the badge on the uniforms of NYPD police family Deputy Chief Bert Grusinsky (Robert Duvall) and one of his two sons Capt. Joe Grusinsky (Mark Wahlberg): the other son Bobby (Joaquin Phoenix) did not follow the family tradition of police work but instead is involved in nightclubs - and yes there is a schism of resentment. Bobby has distanced himself further from his family by changing his last name to 'Green', living with a Puerto Rican girl Amada (Eva Mendes), and bonding to a wealthy Russian family who owns the nightclub where Bobby works - a front for a drug dealing business. Writer/Director James Gray ('The Yards' and 'Little Odessa') has a feel for this underbelly of New York City and captures the 1988 mood of life in the city and beneath the city with style. The problem with the story is that it has been done so many times that it is simply stale yesterday's lunch. Two brothers at opposite end of the family spectrum require a major tragedy to bring them together, and to offer any more information to this fairly thin plot would be a disservice to those who plan to see the film.

The cast is strong, partly because each of them has played similar roles countless times and have the ideas down pat. It should be noted that two of the producers of the film are Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix, probably a reason the film was made... There are some exciting moments and enough surprises and tense times to keep the adrenaline rolling, the smaller roles are very well cast, and one of the shining attributes of the film is the gorgeous Russian liturgy inspired musical score by Wojciech Kilar. It is not a bad film; it is just too much in the same mold as countless other New York police dramas. Grady Harp

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