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Chop Shop (2007)

Unrated | | Drama | 27 February 2008 (USA)
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Alejandro, a resourceful street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his sixteen-year-old sister.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alejandro Polanco ...
Ale
Isamar Gonzales ...
Rob Sowulski ...
Rob
Carlos Zapata ...
...
Anthony Felton ...
Carlos's Uncle
Evelisse 'Lilah' Ortiz ...
Lilah
Michael 'Gringo' Nieto ...
Construction Foreman
Carlos Ayala ...
Carlos the Pigeon Worker
...
Laura
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The 'John'
Bedford T. Bentley ...
Broken Mirror Customer (as Nick Bentley)
Edwin Rojas ...
Rob's Worker
Roy Francisco Green ...
Rob's Worker
Billy Klatzis ...
Rob's Worker
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Alejandro, a resourceful street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his sixteen-year-old sister.

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,475 (USA) (29 February 2008)

Gross:

$123,731 (USA) (11 July 2008)
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Oye Nena
Performed by Los Borrachos
Written by Los Borrachos
Courtesy of BOK Music
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welcome to the slums of NYC
23 October 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

my girlfriend, as we walk in the cold London evening in leicester square, after the movie, says: if they didn't speak English and they didn't show the stadium, you could have thought this was the slums of a South American city or some other slum anywhere in the world,not Queens in NYC.

Ramin Bahrani is , right now, my official hero, because he seems to have devoted his work to show not the OTHER face of American, but the REAL face of America.

Ramin Bahrani's movies are like Ladri di biciclette, or Germania anno zero, or Roma citta' aperta. Chop shop is reality turned into a movie, is more realistic than a documentary, in fact I think Ramin Bahrani's movies are more realistic than documentaries. This is a great movies, but don't expect any car chase or shooting. This movie is about tragic lives on the margin of the wealthiest , richest country in the world.


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