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Little New York (2009)

Staten Island (original title)
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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
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 August 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Little New York  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


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Written by Rick Cabrera
Performed by Kill Van Kull
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Loved It....
1 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I attended the screening in NJ a couple of weeks ago and absolutely loved the film. It was three vignettes about different characters who are all tied together on Staten island. At times the film was funny and others grim but the overall effect was extremely enjoyable. Vincent D'Onofrio and Seymour Cassel were outstanding in their roles as gangster and cohort/victim. Ethan Hawke was also incredible. I was anxious to see the film because my 12 year old son and I watched a scene being filmed in our town last summer and was thoroughly surprised. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys quirky comedy with a healthy dose of irony and drama.

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