Yonkers Joe (2008)

R  |   |  Drama  |  9 January 2009 (USA)
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Family life gets in the way of a con man's search for the perfect scam.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yonkers Joe
Tom Vincent
Patrick Hughes ...
Polo Shirt
Irene Santini
Joe Jr.
John 'Fastjack' Farrell ...
Fitz (as John 'Fast Jack' Farrell)
Michael A. Rizza ...
Poker Player #2 (as Michael Rizza)
Anthony Tarantola ...
Heavy #1
Committee Man


Yonkers Joe hustles, setting up schemes to cheat at cards and dice. He has a girlfriend, Janice, but does he care about her or just need a partner in his cons? He's working out a scam of casinos, gathering intelligence in Atlantic City. The fly in the ointment is his son, Joe Jr., a mentally-challenged young man about to turn 21, aging out of a group home, belligerent as the move to an adult home and his father's lack of contact upset him. Joe Jr.'s counselor insists that Joe take his son for awhile to calm him down and prepare him for the transfer. Can a mentally-challenged, unloved kid make his way with grifters? Can a father discover new emotions? What about scamming the casinos? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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father | son | casino | scam | con | See All (10) »


When you're this good luck has nothing to do with it.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references | See all certifications »




Release Date:

9 January 2009 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,073 (USA) (9 January 2009)


$4,983 (USA) (23 January 2009)

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Fantastic in Every Aspect
7 December 2008 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a fantastic film. The performances are engaging and Oscar-caliber. The characters express so much more through their expressions than words ever could.

While this was made independently, it doesn't give the look or the feel of an independent movie. Every performance is spellbinding, particularly those of Christine Lahti, Chazz Palminteri, and Thomas Guiry.

The supporting cast is outstanding as well. Every character has a purpose and plays it to perfection. The relationship between father and son is examined in a different, yet honest environment.

I hope everybody will search out this movie. It is truly phenomenal.

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