Little New York (2009)
"Staten Island" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  5 August 2009 (France)
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The lives of three residents of New York's Staten Island intersect as they struggle to get ahead.



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Complete credited cast:
Sully Halverson
Parmie Tarzo
Jasper Sabiano
Mary Halverson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tree Man
Dr. Leikovic
Bill Cwikowski ...
Manny the Cashier
Rosemary De Angelis ...
Gianina Tarzo
Bill Quinlan
Chainsaw Man #2
Ken Marks ...
Land Owner #1
Officer Rodriguez
Cop #1


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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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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

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5 August 2009 (France)  »

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Little New York  »

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2.35 : 1
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A scene near the beginning has Vincent D'Onforio driving and music is playing The Closed Caption says it is The Temptations singing "Smiling Faces". The song was originally recorded by The Temptations in 1971. Producer Norman Whitfield had the song re-recorded by The Undisputed Truth the same year, resulting in a number-three Billboard Hot 100 position for the group. "Smiling Faces" was the only Top 40 single released by the Undisputed Truth, and was included on their debut album The Undisputed Truth. The version heard on the movie is by The Undisputed Truth. See more »


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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Great movie.
26 May 2010 | by (Vietnam) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie because one of my friends insisted me to. I have to admit that I didn't expect much in this movie at first but it turned out to be a great movie.First, the characters are well-developed. You can not expect a stronger or more convincing performance from Seymour Cassel. I think he definitely deserves an Oscar for this cast. Ethan Hawke is just as great. I can see in him a father who is, well, a little dumb but loves his wife and his unborn kid with all his heart.

Second, about the plot. The story is quite slow and easy-flowing. Some may find that it makes you feel kinda sleepy. But trust me, the more you watch this movie, the more you will find it entertaining and meaningful. I can not promise that you will love this movie but I believe that it will make you feel relieved and relaxed. I myself smiled at the end of the movie and thanked my friend for having introduced to me such a touching movie.

If you are still hesitating whether you should watch this movie or not, hesitate no more. Watch it. Strongly recommended. 9/10.

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