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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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Release Date:
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 Hunt .... foley mixer
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 .... final 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
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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Really Classy, 27 May 2009
Author: Maggie

This film has been criticized a lot for being "flat", "unsubstantial", containing "uncomfortable scenes" and featuring a character who's portrayed in an "exaggerated way". Well, it might be because Hollywood usually offers blockbusters with no real stories but standard hot-shot acting, endless car chasing, plane high-jacking and gun shooting scenes or fantastic high-tech effects in movies without a message and action line that can be summed up in one sentence. A non-mainstream oriented piece is hardly a match.

Why does it deserve 9 stars out of 10 then?

Number 1 - because it has a story to tell: the relationship between a father, who earns his money with inventing new ways of cheating the casinos across the country and a son, who has a Dawn syndrome; between a person who has never escaped the responsibility of caring for his child, but who can never find the right way to express it in person, and another one, who - although with mental problems - can express it better than anyone else. In this shortly presented scrap of a story you can find all the greatness and sadness of life and be pushed to think about what's really meaningful in it.

Number 2 - specifically because it features a character with a Dawn syndrome. People do feel uncomfortable during some of the scenes. Well, in this case, watch how the characters react, and learn. Because people with mental difficulties shouldn't be ignored, underestimated, laughed at or isolated. They might have difficulties in perceiving the world the way most of us do, and still they should be treated as an equal part of society, they should be thought of and cared about. The character of Tom Guiry is not over-acted. If you've ever communicated with a person suffering from a Dawn syndrome, you'd know. Just watch and learn.

Number 3 - because of the amazing gambling moves. That's the other part of the story - what the characters do is clearly unlawful, but you cannot help but sympathize with them for the sake of their potential of inventing and pulling off the tricks they do. Fun, simple, yet surprising and smooth.

Let me just add that the acting of everyone involved was on a quite good level - especially Tom Guiry who had the most difficult part. Chazz Palminteri, especially at the end, gives quite a touching performance that's contrasting to the usual image of a hit-man or a mafia guy he's mostly playing.

I watched the movie three times - the third, solely for the sake of the original music by Chris Hajian.

All in all, a classy, emotional and touching movie, worth watching.

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