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Little New York (2009)

Staten Island (original title)
The lives of three residents of New York's Staten Island intersect as they struggle to get ahead.

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Sully Halverson
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Parmie Tarzo
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Jasper Sabiano
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Mary Halverson
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Tree Man
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Gianina Tarzo
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In Staten Island, New York, Parmie Tarzo is a powerful mobster boss. The family man Sully Halverson is septic tank cleaner married with Mary Halverson and they are trying to have a baby. The deaf and dumb Jasper "Jas" Sabiano is the slicer of deli meat in a market and also works for Parmie Tarzo slicing the bodies of his victims. Jas likes Sully and expects to win the horse races. One day, Sully that is not a bright man decides to heist the house of Parmie Tarzo, expecting to artificially inseminate Mary with a better sperm than his in an expensive clinic. Meanwhile Jas wins the horse race and there is an attempt on Tarzo's life and he finds that his gangsters have planned it. The lives of the three residents are entwined with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for violent content and language | See all certifications »

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Ethan Hawke and James DeMonacco later move onto The Purge (2013) together. See more »

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When Mary Halverson is on the table for the genetics procedure you can hear the sound of a heart monitor even thought she is not wired for one. See more »

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Smiling Faces Sometimes
Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
Performed by The Undisputed Truth
Courtesy of Stone Agate Music, EMI Music Publishing France S.A., Motown Record Company Lp and Universal Music Vision
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A good time
26 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was lots of fun, if slow to develop & move forward. Minor quibble because of excellent acting from all leads, & equally good supporting cast performances. Apt, oddball choices of songs commented on the action and characters. There are brief scenes of intense gore, but you can close your eyes for a second.

I agree with another poster that parts of this don't mesh as a whole, but it didn't bother me because of the film's almost happy-go-lucky vibe, a little wistful and silly, funny in places. It was saved by balancing those elements or attitudes with a fresh take on 2nd rate mobsters in - not that I agree, since I was born there - a second rate burg. The local color is done well - it's very particular to SI, though not the whole story.

Seymour Cassell was especially good - it's great to see a guy who's seen it all display depth and nuance in what's essentially a light but highly entertaining flick.

If you like off-beat, unusual films, and directors who aren't afraid to go out on a limb, and sharp small characters, you'll have a good time with this one.


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