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Yonkers Joe -- Family life gets in the way of a con man's search for the perfect scam.
Yonkers Joe -- A dice hustler's (Palminteri) stab at one last big score is complicated by the reappearance of his estranged, mentally challenged son (Guiry)


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9 January 2009 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Chazz Palminteri ... Yonkers Joe

Michael Lerner ... Stanley

Nate Bynum ... Technician

Frank John Hughes ... Tom Vincent

Christine Lahti ... Janice
Patrick Hughes ... Polo Shirt

Lauri Johnson ... Hammer

Roma Maffia ... Irene Santini

Tom Guiry ... Joe Jr.

Michael Rispoli ... Mickey

Linus Roache ... Teddy
John 'Fastjack' Farrell ... Fitz (as John 'Fast Jack' Farrell)
Michael A. Rizza ... Poker Player #2 (as Michael Rizza)
Anthony Tarantola ... Heavy #1

Rusty Meyers ... Committee Man

Saverio Guerra ... Bam

Arthur J. Nascarella ... Dino (as Arthur Nascarella)
Tom Cassell ... Stickman
Charlie DiPinto ... Boxman
Bill Allison ... Pit Boss (as William Allison)

Dean Marrazzo ... Casino Manager

Chad McKnight ... Simon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bonnie Joy Ashley ... Pit Boss (uncredited)
Palmer Bocim ... Gambler (uncredited)

Jason Anthony Fisher ... Craps dealer (uncredited)

Lanette Fugit ... Barfly (uncredited)

Anat Gerber ... Casino High Roller (uncredited)
Shana Golden ... Lucky High Roller (uncredited)

Corinna Harney ... Shampoo Girl (uncredited)
Robert Scott Howard ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Paul Joseph ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Anthony Mingilino ... Dice Player (uncredited)

Steven Christopher Parker ... Neil (uncredited)
Bob Pepper ... Dice Player (uncredited)
Roy C. Peterson ... Himself (uncredited)

Delia Sheppard ... Barfly (uncredited)

Heather Sullivan ... Counter Girl (uncredited)

Charlie Talbert ... Micheal (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Celestino 
Writing credits
Robert Celestino (written by)

Produced by
Kerry Barden .... associate producer
Jim Click .... co-executive producer
Fred David .... co-producer (as Fred David)
Richard DiPatri .... line producer
John Gaughan .... executive producer
J. Todd Harris .... co-executive producer
Phil Ivey .... executive producer
Robert H. Moretti .... co-producer
Matt Othick .... executive producer
Trent Othick .... producer
Chazz Palminteri .... executive producer
Vincent Schettler .... co-executive producer
Illya Trincher .... co-producer
Joey Whitacre .... associate producer
Bill Wortman .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Chris Hajian 
Cinematography by
Michael Fimognari 
Film Editing by
Gary Friedman 
Jim Makiej 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Suzanne Crowley 
Billy Hopkins 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Jonathan A. Carlson 
Art Direction by
Jeanina Vasilescu 
Set Decoration by
Amy Murphy Anderson  (as Amy R. Murphy)
Shellia D. Bailey 
Costume Design by
Luellyn Harper 
Makeup Department
Martin Astles .... makeup effects sculptor
Jon Paul Barron .... assistant makeup artist (as John Paul Barron)
Chris Gallaher .... special makeup effects supervisor: Drac Studios
Jennifer Gerber .... key makeup artist
Jim Knell .... production photographer: Drac Studios
Keleigh Lippert .... key hair stylist
Keleigh Lippert .... makeup department head
Harvey Lowry .... director of operations: makeup effects department
Laura Markert .... assistant makeup artist
Mark Nieman .... key special effects makeup artist
Production Management
Richard DiPatri .... post-production supervisor
Jessica Shannon .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rosie Heeter .... second second assistant director
Kelly Hirano .... first assistant director
Ric Smith .... second assistant director
Art Department
Amy Murphy Anderson .... leadman (as Amy R. Murphy)
Shellia D. Bailey .... set dresser
Jason Cronburg .... on-set dresser
Carl Mazaros .... property master
Maston O'Neal .... carpenter
Renato Raposo .... leadman
Renato Raposo .... set dresser
Bradley Rau .... swing (as Brad Rau)
Giovanni Tartaglia .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Zane D. Bruce .... foley artist (as Zane Bruce)
Rick Camera .... sound recordist (as Rick Camara)
Julio Carmona .... adr recordist
Don Givens .... foley mixer
Jeff Gunn .... foley artist
James Michael Hunt .... foley mixer (as James Hunt)
Bradley C. Katona .... sound effects editor
Tim Kimmel .... supervising sound editor
Carrie Lisonbee .... dialogue editor
John Matter .... assistant sound editor
Hugh Murphy .... co-supervising sound editor
Joseph T. Sabella .... foley artist
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Brett Van Deusen .... additional sound mixer
Gerard Vernice .... boom operator
Stephan von Hase .... sound mixer
Mathew Waters .... sound re-recording mixer
James Wright .... Dolby sound consultant (as Jim Wright)
Special Effects by
Chris Hampton .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
John Campuzano .... visual effects coordinator
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor
Phillip Hoffman .... visual effects producer
Greg Anderson .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Shawn Booth .... second assistant camera
Craig Boydston .... lamp operator
Vivian Brown .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Heber 'Top Gun' Cannon .... camera intern
Yvonne Chu .... first assistant camera
Chris Coleman .... grip
Dan Coplan .... Steadicam operator
Dan Coplan .... camera operator
Dan Coplan .... director of photography: second unit
Stefan Duschaine .... best boy electric
Nicholas Fry .... film loader
Jordan Garretson .... key grip
David Gordon .... grip
Richard Griggs .... best boy grip
Joel Jaspan .... grip
Joshua Jose .... still photographer
Brian Lofthouse .... gaffer
Edward McDonald .... grip
Steve Parrington .... video playback operator
Victor Rivkin .... video playback assistant
Stephen P. Rose .... lamp operator
Hunter Sandison .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Derek Santoro .... lamp operator
Marshall Stief .... second assistant camera: New York
Tim Stratton .... lamp operator
Charlie Tollefson .... grip
Zoe Van Brunt .... film loader
Casting Department
David Anthony .... extras casting
Jessica Kelly .... assistant casting director
Joyce Kurtz .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joshua Christensen .... set costumer
Joyce Kim Lee .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Donald Freeman .... colorist
Aidan Stanford .... color timer
Peter Swartz .... colorist (as Pete Swartz)
Music Department
Ron Finn .... composer: stock music
Ron Finn .... music editor
Patrick Ford .... music mixer
Patrick Ford .... music recordist
Chris Hajian .... music producer
Chris Hajian .... orchestrator
Allison Leyton-Brown .... musician: piano
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Sandra Park .... music contractor (as Sandy Park)
Thanh Tran .... music preparation
Transportation Department
Matthew Ballard .... transportation coordinator
Shay Morgan Brook .... transportation captain
William Clark Coit III .... driver
Theodore Giapapas .... driver
Other crew
Claire Bernard .... assistant production accountant
Maureen Dooling .... production coordinator
Clinton Estell .... craft service
John 'Fastjack' Farrell .... technical advisor
Kerry Fezza .... standin for lead
Rita Hawn .... assistant production office coordinator
Ronald J. Levin .... production counsel
Kyle Morris .... stand-in
Gustavo Moya .... production assistant
Wolfgang Muchow .... behind the scenes director
Penny Patrick .... script supervisor
Christopher Ramirez .... location manager
Christopher Ramirez .... location scout
Jessica Shannon .... production accountant
Duke Sullivan .... location assistant
Dave Yekell .... key set production assistant
Karissa Barcelo .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dan Mahoney .... thanks
Thomas Schlamme .... thanks

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Rated R for language including sexual references
101 min
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A great character study about a father and his son, 16 June 2008
Author: Jeff Beachnau ( from Omena, Michigan

I saw this at the Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck, Michigan.

Yonkers Joe stars Chazz Palminteri as the title character, a great con artist who makes a lot of money from working the tables at casinos. He and his girlfriend Janice (Christine Lahti) have a pretty good life. But then Joe gets a call from an institution telling him that his son Joe Jr. (Tom Guiry) who has Down's Syndrome is being disruptive there and thus must be taken out. Joe doesn't know how to take care of his son and this new change in his life is ruining a lot of his plans and ways of making money. Over time, the father and son try to live with each other while at the same time try to help each other out.

This film had a great cast. Palminteri was wonderful as Yonkers Joe, a conflicted and confused parent who doesn't know how to take care of his troubled son. Lahti is a delight trying to play the role of the one that hopes to ease the tension and make Joe Jr. feel like he's welcome. And Tom Guiry is excellent and very believable as Joe Jr. Someone after the screening even asked the director if the actor who played Joe Jr. really had Down's Syndrome. Guiry gives a lot of depth to the character, making Joe Jr. both entertaining and emotional.

There are many clever moments throughout the film, all of the con acts are fun to watch. The dialogue is well written and the plot unravels nicely. The scenes in Las Vegas are also very well shot in all of the different locations.

With a talented cast and crew, Yonkers Joe is a great and enjoyable film that people she really look out for.

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