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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)
Elena Solovey ...


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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Plot Keywords:

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


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)


$28,563,179 (USA) (2 November 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg also starred in The Yards (2000), another movie directed by James Gray. See more »


IN the chase/ambush scene the Chevrolet Bobby is in has hubcaps (which are in a close up) then at the height of the chase has no hubcaps, and then when the cars are stopped in the street the hubcaps have returned. See more »


[last lines]
Joseph Grusinsky: [whispers] I love you very much.
Bobby Green: [a beat] I love you too.
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References Lost Highway (1997) See more »


A Message to You Rudy
Written by Dandy Livingstone (as Robert Livingstone Thompson)
Performed by The Specials
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television
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Routine and overlong cop drama.
9 December 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

"We Own the night" is the story of Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix), a nightclub manager who has chosen a life of partying, drugs and gambling which is in stark contrast to his police captain brother (Mark Wahlberg) and police chief father (Robert Duvall). As the film progresses, Bobby is forced to choose between staying loyal to his drug dealing Boss or siding with his family.

The greatest problem with this film is that its been done so many times before and with much better results. "Mean Streets" (1973), "The Departed" (2006) to name but a few. Director James Gray is obviously trying to do a Scorsese type feature here but it falls far short of expectations.

Joaquin Phoenix mumbles his way through the story with a one note performance and shows that he isn't capable of being a credible lead. The change his character goes through is implausible and Phoenix never gives you any reason to believe the metamorphosis as he doesn't act any differently through the whole process. The Script gives Robert Duvall (one of my favourite actors) little to do other than get angry at someone or something whenever he's on screen and Mark Wahlberg underplays his part so much that he's actually boring. The stunning Eva Mendes doesn't seem to do anything significant other than get groped in the opening scene by Phoenix. After that she seems to be there to provide the "eye candy" only.

The script is fairly weak and the plot does not justify the running time, 30 minutes less could easily have been achieved. There are also many situations that the characters get themselves into which no sensible adult would allow themselves to. This really stretches credibility and suspension of disbelief. Also, you'll particularly enjoy how inept the Hit-men are in this film ! The final showdown itself feels contrived and unexciting which caps off an uneven and somewhat thrown together production. I don't understand the rapturous applause that other reviewers have given this film, its been done so much better elsewhere.

"We own the night" is a misfire in my opinion.

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