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The Local -- The Local tells the story of a man drifting along the dark edge of society. Tortured by addiction and a troubled past, the local has just been released from jail, and returns to the only world he knows: that of crime. He becomes a messenger for Brooklyn's top drug gang, a job that carries quick rewards as well as the risk of death. When a mysterious stranger approaches the local, and offers him a deal... he may have found a glimmer of hope where he least expected. The stranger asks him to capture a girl addicted to drugs from his gang boss, and bring her safely out. The stranger turns out to be a detective, and the girl is his estranged daughter.  Along with the deal comes money, but the local must talk, and of course, he must deliver the girl alive. When he meets this girl, the local realizes saving her will afford him a way out of his life of crime, a path towards personal redemption.  A superbly conceived existential neo-noir-suspense-thriller, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Dan Eberle ("Jail City"), THE LOCAL stylishly depicts an underworld of crime, where it is hard to find anything good amongst all that is bad, where a sinner can still redeem himself from a world broken beyond saving.
The Local -- An out-of-towner is hired for an inter-family abduction in this trailer from Vanguard Cinema.
The Local -- Scene from THE LOCAL (2009).

Joe (Paul James Vasquez) and Frank (David F Nighbert) come clean on what they really want from Noname (Dan Eberle).
The Local -- A wealthy out of towner hires an indigent man to abduct his estranged daughter.


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  (in credits order)

Dan Eberle ... Noname

Maya Ferrara ... Claire
Karl Herlinger ... Rottweiler
Beau Allulli ... Blueboy
David F. Nighbert ... Frank

Paul James Vasquez ... Joe
James Alba ... Horse
Paul Bowen ... Big Black

George Tchortov ... Sig
Jarret Garcia ... Moo
David Cornue ... Redcoat
Torben Brooks ... Jon
Janet Panetta ... Anne Thomson

Adam Nagaitis ... Jack Lord
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Auriemma ... Lewis (as Anthony Vincent)
Amanda Bender ... Ms New Jersey
Bill Campbell ... Tubesock
Theresa Galeani ... Ms East New York
Mat Govich ... Serbia
Tim Guetterman ... Skel
Jennifer Hallie ... Pumpkin Pie
David Healy ... MTA worker
Gavin Lewis ... Unfriendly Detective

Gayle Madeira ... Lewis's Date
Yelena Mnatsakanyan ... Mouth
Mariann Moery ... Mrs. Thomson's Neighbor
Santiago Papini ... Pringle
Seamus Petrocelli ... Salami
Justin Ray ... Bagman
Pedro Rafael Rodriguez ... Arresting Officer (as Pedro Rodriguez)
Nina Rogers ... Baby
Robert Saietta ... Business Man

Desi Sanchez ... Hostile Store Attendant
Steve Siegelbaum ... Skankpusher
Maki Stapleton ... Party Girl

Joe Stipek ... Grease II
Jared Stone ... Roach
Rob Tinsley ... Michael Stipe

Directed by
Dan Eberle 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dan Eberle  writer

Produced by
David Cornue .... producer
Dan Eberle .... executive producer
Tim Guetterman .... executive producer
James Malki .... associate producer
John McCloskey .... producer
Dara Selbert .... associate producer
Maki Stapleton .... associate producer
Paul James Vasquez .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jesse Chandler 
Cinematography by
Tim Guetterman 
Film Editing by
Dan Eberle 
Tim Guetterman 
Makeup Department
Steve Siegelbaum .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Wills .... assistant director
George Tchortov .... action director
Camera and Electrical Department
James Parsons .... camera operator: "b" camera
James Parsons .... director of photography: second unit
James Parsons .... gaffer
Music Department
Bill Campbell .... composer: theme music
Omar Jackson .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Ari Taub .... business consultant
Chris Bongirne .... thanks
Evan Meszaros .... very special thanks

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Additional Details

USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

[first lines]
Noname:To be more than the sum of your circumstances. To break free from the past. To change your lot in life.
[violent blow]
Noname:It's a promise.
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25 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
This is more reality..., 21 November 2009
Author: logomito from Spain

Wow, one comment on such a movie, hard to believe it, because it's great.

First, it takes a lot of guts to release a movie so atypical compared to the "hollywood stuff" were watching normally. No stunts, no great looking actors, no digital tricks, no commercial music, no brilliant colors, not even a pleasant hero.

Nevertheless this film offers something, that most of the 1a productions lack off: Credibility!

Dan Eberle plays a loser, who is selling his soul for thirty bucks a day to work as a courier for drug dealers. If that would nor be bad enough, every time he jobs something goes wrong and he ends up beaten up, without money and with even more problems than he had the day before. Nobody is respecting him or taking him for serious. The only thing he seems to be able to manage in his life is his addiction to drugs, he is clean.

So what's so interesting about this film? Well, the fact that it could be a real story, something that really happens every day in every part of the world. The dirty truth, ugly, bloody, revolting and pitiful...

But very interesting, like when two people have a fight in front of you... you can't stop watching, you just stare at it motionless although you don't support it.

Do yourself a favor and watch this movie, it's original, brutal and somehow very fascinating. I will keep my copy and watch it again, what not happens to often.

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