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We Own the Night (2007)

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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)
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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 <>

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One family on opposite sides of the law... Two brothers about to collide. 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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Director James Gray refused to shoot the film in Toronto where it would have been much cheaper. This is one of the reasons why it took so long to make the movie. See more »


A sign at the beginning of the church scene declares that the church is in the Diocese of Queens. This diocese does not exist. Queens belongs to the Diocese of Brooklyn. See more »


Joseph Grusinsky: I don't need any more guns in my life, that's for sure. But you should have one to be safe. It's better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.
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Written by Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal
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17 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I caught a recent screening of this film and as a fan of thrillers I was more than impressed. The film creates a handful of true white-knuckle scenes but also accomplishes telling a story that has weight and depth. I love when a film takes its time to develop real characters and not repeats of what we've already seen. The crime genre is so full of clichés already. This film pays homage to classics such as French Connection while breaking new ground in its family/police drama. Phoenix, Wahlberg, Duvall and Mendes are all superb. Eva Mendes deserves a particular mention, as she has not yet been seen this way before.

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