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City Island -- Meet the Rizzos, a feudal family in the throes of battle as their bizarre and layered lies unravel. A star-studded cast including Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Alan Arkin, and Emily Mortimer create a perfect storm of deception, misinterpretations, and misunderstandings into a smart and charming comedy about a family that stops at nothing to avoid the truth.
City Island -- When prison guard and aspiring actor, Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) is asked to reveal his biggest secret during his drama class, he inadvertently sets off a chain of events that turns his mundane suburban life into total chaos. Vince takes great pains covering up his half-truths from his family, but soon it becomes clear that everyone—his hot-tempered wife (Julianna Margulies), college student daughter (Dominik Garcia-Lorido), long-lost ex-con son (Steven Strait), charismatic acting partner (Emily Mortimer) and even his drama coach (Alan Arkin) - all have secrets of their own. Everyone’s furtive deceptions collide with hilarious results. Set on City Island, a quaint fishing community on the outskirts of the Bronx, this smart and charming comedy explores the absurd secrets and vices people choose to keep from their loved ones…and the realization that the truth is easier to cope with than well-intentioned white lies.
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  (in credits order)

Andy Garcia ... Vince Rizzo

Julianna Margulies ... Joyce Rizzo

Steven Strait ... Tony

Emily Mortimer ... Molly

Ezra Miller ... Vince Jr.

Dominik García-Lorido ... Vivian Rizzo
Carrie Baker Reynolds ... Denise
Hope Glendon-Ross ... Cheryl

Alan Arkin ... Michael Malakov

Louis Mustillo ... Bruno

Jee Young Han ... Casting Assistant
Sarah Saltzberg ... Casting Director

Curtiss Cook ... Matt Cruniff

Sharon Angela ... Tanya

Marianne Ebert ... Ezmalia (as Marianni Ebert)

Paul Romero ... Security Man
Paul Diomede ... Working Class Guy

Vernon Campbell ... Bouncer (as Vernon W. Campbell)

Benjamin Mathes ... Male Actor (as Ben Mathes)

Jennifer Larkin ... Female Actor
Yevgeniy Dekhtyar ... Young Actor (as Yvevgeniy Dekhtyar)

Marshall Efron ... Actor-Dog

Lora Chio ... Actor #3
Ivy Jones ... Actor #4

Louise Stratten ... Actor #5

Matthew Arkin ... Actor #6
Michael Dozier ... Actor #7 (as Michael Jean Dozier)
Carly Hughes ... Actor #8

Hallie Cooper-Novack ... Actor #9 (as Hallie Cooper Novack)

Joe Drago ... Actor #10 (as Joseph Frago)
Dylan Bresnan ... Market Stockboy

Lynn Collins ... Vince's Bombshell Girlfriend

Bettina Bresnan ... Vinnie's Attraxtive Admirer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Aloi ... Auditioning Actor (uncredited)
Joseph Basile ... Inmate Prisoner (uncredited)

David Boston ... Man in Casting Line (uncredited)
Joseph Cintron ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Donato DeMarinis ... Standee (uncredited)

John Farrer ... Supermarket Patron (uncredited)

Steven J. Klaszky ... Actor (uncredited)

Adam Larrabee ... Goombah (uncredited)
Tom Margiotta ... Extra (uncredited)
Cerrone may ... Correction officer (uncredited)

Chris Miskiewicz ... Drunk (uncredited)

Tim Schuebel ... Wiseguy 2 (uncredited)

Nicole Wilson ... Bar Tender (uncredited)

Directed by
Raymond De Felitta 
Writing credits
Raymond De Felitta (written by)

Produced by
Maria Teresa Arida .... executive producer
William J. Bresnan .... co-executive producer
Raymond De Felitta .... producer
Thomas De Litto .... associate executive producer
Luis de Val .... co-executive producer
Ged Dickersin .... line producer
Joe Drago .... associate producer (as Joseph Drago)
Edward Easton .... co-executive producer
Andy Garcia .... producer
Rene Garcia .... co-executive producer
Milutin G. Gatsby .... executive producer
Antonio Gijon .... co-executive producer
Grzegorz Hajdarowicz .... executive producer (as Greg Hajdarowicz)
Omar Kodmani .... associate executive producer
Raymond Mason .... associate executive producer
Zachary Matz .... producer
Michael Roban .... executive producer
Lawrence Salameno .... associate executive producer
Lucia Seabra .... executive producer
Isaac Souede .... associate executive producer
Lauren Versel .... producer
Edward Walson .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek 
Cinematography by
Vanja Cernjul (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Leonard 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Meredith Tucker 
Production Design by
Franckie Diago 
Art Direction by
Sorangel Fersobe 
Set Decoration by
Kelley Burney 
Costume Design by
Tere Duncan 
Makeup Department
Jorjee Douglass .... makeup artist: Emily Mortimer (as Jorjee Douglas)
Joseph Farulla .... makeup assistant (as Joe Farulla)
Sharon Ilson .... key makeup artist (as Sharon Ilson Burke)
Tina LaSpina .... additional makeup artist
Annie Martin .... additional hair stylist
Pamela May .... key hair stylist
Katherine O'Donnell .... additional makeup artist
Shazia Saleem .... additional hair stylist
Barbara Sansone .... assistant hair stylist
Colleen Wheeler .... additional hair stylist
Production Management
Ged Dickersin .... unit production manager
Zachary Matz .... unit production manager
Erin Moore .... post-production supervisor
Andrew Saxe .... production supervisor
Dale Tanguay .... post-production supervisor
Nancy Valle .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Inna Braude .... additional second assistant director
John Greenway .... second assistant director
Eric Henriquez .... first assistant director
Patrick McDonald .... second second assistant director
Eric Henriquez .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jasmine E. Ballou .... on-set dresser (as Jasmine Bailou)
Michael Dickman .... set dresser
Daniel Fisher .... property master (as Dan Fisher)
Kley Gilbuena .... additional props (as Kley Gilbuana)
Marina Heintze .... art department production assistant
Jonathan Huggins .... lead person
Katie Kemsley .... scenic artist
Doro Klusmann .... set dresser
Daniel Neroda .... set dresser (as Dan Neroda)
Eric Pastore .... set dresser
Tallulah Rotman .... art intern
Max Sherwood .... set dresser
Christine Skubish .... scenic artist: New Mexico
Dennis Tillberg .... charge scenic artist
Nick Torelli .... set dresser (as Nicholas Torelli)
Cathy Wassylenko .... camera scenic
Alexis Weiss .... assistant property master
Natalie McKeever .... art department intern (uncredited)
Raymond J. Stenzel .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Carly Bodmer .... post-production facility manager
Vince Camuto Sr. .... boom operator (as Vince Reed Camuto)
Vincent Camuto .... sound utility
Gary Coppola .... sound re-recording mixer
Jason England .... dialogue editor (as Robert Jason England)
Sang Jun Kim .... assistant sound editor
Michelle Mader .... sound utility (as Michelle L. Mader)
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Damon Martin .... sound services: Departure Studios
Jan McLaughlin .... sound mixer
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... supervising sound editor (as Thomas O. Younkman)
Nancy Parker .... foley artist
Sarah Payan .... adr editor (as Sarah Rudolph Payan)
Benjamin Rauscher .... foley assistant
Chris Roach .... adr mixer
William Schneiberg .... sound utility (as Bill Schneiberg)
Christopher Sheldon .... sound editor (as Chris Sheldon)
Brad Sherman .... sound re-recording mixer
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (as Edward Steidele)
Lars Bjerre .... dialogue denoising (uncredited)
Yagmur Kaplan .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Emily Millay Haddad .... sepcial effects supervisor: live computer
Phillip Beck .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Damian Achilles .... atunt driver #1
Rick Aiello .... stunt driver (as Ricky Aiello)
Rick Aiello .... stunt shooter #1 (as Ricky Aiello)
Mike Burke .... stunt driving double: Vince
Chad Hessler .... stunt double: Vinnie Jr.
Daniel Maldonado .... stunt driver: traffic jam (as Dan Maldanado)
Paul Marini .... stunt double: Vince
Chad Menendes .... stunt driver #2
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Chris Colombo .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Jeffrey Mowery .... precision driver (uncredited)
Hollywood Nick Pagani .... driving double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Alcantara .... rigging best boy (as Johnathan Alcantara)
Michael Arisohn .... set electric
Vincent Arteca .... grip
Josh Blakeslee .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Daniel Buneta .... camera intern
Beverly Cable .... electrician (as Beverly Jones)
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer (as Phil Caruso)
Mike Cascio .... camera intern
Matthew Clark .... camera operator: second unit
Matthew Clark .... director of photography: second unit
Tom Concordia .... additional still photographer (as Thomas Concordia)
Jaime D'Aquino .... loader (as Jaime Segschneider)
John Donohue Jr. .... grip
John Donohue .... grip
David Dutkus .... rigging electrician
David Feeney-Mosier .... camera intern
Casey Ford .... rigging electrician
Chris Gamiello .... grip (as Christopher Gamiello)
Spencer Gillis .... additional loader (as William Spencer Gillis)
Ashton Golembo .... camera intern
Sandy Hays .... steadicam operator
Christopher Heikel .... rigging gaffer
Petr Hlinomaz .... camera operator
Glenn Kaplan .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Meredith Kendall .... camera intern
Chris Langan .... camera intern
Christopher LaVasseur .... camera operator (as Chris La Vasseur)
Kevin Lowry .... dolly grip
Greg McMahon .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Keith McNicholas .... best boy electric
Lauretta Prevost .... second assistant camera
Brendan Quinlan .... key grip
Collin Quinlan .... electrician (as Colin Quinlan)
Greg Quinlan .... gaffer
Ryan Quinlan .... generator operator
Satish Sahi .... electrician (as Satish Shahi)
Joe Sarao .... best boy grip
Gerard Sava .... director of photography: second unit
Gerard Sava .... steadicam operator
Dobb Shreiber .... electrician
Markham Sindeband .... grip
Al Stetson .... grip
David Woolner .... electrician
Vincent Camuto .... video playback technician (uncredited)
Sung Rae Cho .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Rashad Clinton .... grip (uncredited)
Alexander Martin .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Antonio Ponti .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Richard Burridge .... background casting associate
Grant Wilfley .... background casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Morgan Bennett .... wardrobe production assistant
Donna Bowers .... stitcher
Sonja Cizmazia .... wardrobe supervisor
Rebecca Edmonston .... on-set costumer
Delvan James .... on-set costumer
McGinnis. Ryan .... wardrobe intern
Rabiah Troncelliti .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Matthew Booras .... first assistant editor
George Bunce .... digital intermediate on-line editor
Adam Moore .... dailies transfer operator
Adam Nazarenko .... digital colorist: Marketing
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist assistant
George Papuashvili .... editor: video
Matthew Reedy .... digital intermediate producer
Adriaan van Zyl .... assistant editor
Leroy Wolf .... color timer
Location Management
Shannon Causey .... location manager (as Shannon Bowen Causey)
Evan Gregg .... assistant location manager
Laura Tressel .... location assistant
Jonathan Urband .... location scout (as Johnny Urband)
Music Department
Jay Duerr .... music editor
Rick Eisenstein .... music clearance and licensing: Diamond Time Music & Media
William Ewart .... music clearance and licensing: Montage Music (as Bill Ewart)
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek .... orchestrator
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek .... score producer
Piotr Kopietz .... musician: accordion soloist
Bogna Kowalska .... orchestra contractor
Dylan Maulucci .... orchestrator
Sylwia Mierzejewska .... musician: violin soloist
Rafal Paczkowski .... music scoring mixer
Polish Radio Orchestra .... musicians: orchestra
Wojciech Rodek .... conductor
Piotr Tatarski .... assistant to composer
Transportation Department
Daniel Buckley .... driver: 15 passenger #2
Richard Busnido .... driver: h/w truck
Joe Castiglione .... driver: electric generator (as Joseph Cstiglione)
Paul Castiglione .... driver: 15 passenger #1 (as Paul J. Castiglione)
Reginald Crute .... driver: swing truck
Ralph Devivo .... driver: grip truck
Rich Marino .... driver: 15 passenger #3
Timothy Paustian .... teamster captain (as Tim Pausian)
Thomas Reilly .... teamster co-captain (as Tom Reilly)
Scott Roth .... driver
Jerry Wiener .... driver: camera truck (as Jerry Weiner)
Other crew
Theron Alford .... set production assistant
Maya Amsellem .... international sales: WestEnd Films
Alessandro Aquilina .... set intern
Michael Arthur .... police coordinator
Luis Ayala .... set intern
Sophiya Banu .... accounting production assistant
Amy Basil .... assistant: Mr. De Felitta
Anthony Batarse .... adr loop group
Cathy Bodmer .... adr loop group
Alethea Bordallo .... office production staff
Ashley Bush .... intern: Lucky Monkey
Justin Cade .... production legal: Halloran Law Office
Sarah Carleton .... assistant to executive producer
Bozena Cerba .... production coordinator: Gremi Films
Geoffrey Chalmers .... production legal
Jessica Clauser .... office production staff
Lanore Coloprisco .... set intern
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance research: IndieClear (as Carol Compton)
Rachel Connors .... script supervisor
Paul Dickover .... office production staff
Olimpia DiLoreto .... set intern
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach
Joe Facey .... craft service
Amanda Faison .... set production assistant: first team
Glenn D. Feig .... production legal: Reder & Feig (as Glenn Feig)
Heath Fisher .... office production staff
Kathy Fisher .... assistant: Mr. Garcia
Hassiba Freiha .... assistant producer
Hassiba Freiha .... set production assistant
Mariana Furtado .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Daniella Garcia .... adr loop group (as Daniella Garcia-Lorido)
Grant George .... adr loop group
John Gilder .... unit production assistant
Dan Gloeckner .... key set production assistant
Mark Halloran .... production legal: Halloran Law Office
Sally May Homer .... production assistant: background (as Sally Homer)
Reine Issa .... set intern
Joshua Jason .... publicist
Bryan LaCour .... production lender: Union Bank of California (as Bryan LeCour)
Steven Lafferty .... set production assistant
Dan Lasik .... chef: Gourmet To U (as Dan Lasiy)
Meghan Lechette .... set production assistant (as Meghan B Lechehe)
Rebecca Lindsey .... set production assistant
Ziggy Maxwell .... adr loop group
Brian McKinley .... office production staff
Mike McNamara .... set production assistant
Luca Michelson .... set intern
Erin Moore .... assistant: Ms. Versel
Campbell Morgan .... set intern
Joey Naber .... adr loop group (as Joey Nabor)
Kate Noll .... clearances coordinator
Robert Plonskier .... set production assistant
James Post .... set production assistant
Demon Rayfelitta .... adr loop group
Gregory Saint Armand .... website designer
John Salinas .... assistant to chef
Nora Schaffer .... office intern
Nicholas E. Schepisi .... production assistant: PR (as Nick Schepisi)
Eve Schoukroun .... international sales: WestEnd Films
Kristy Schultz .... production lender: Union Bank of California
Elias Scoropanos .... production bank: H.S.B.C/
Tara A. Senior .... production legal: Reder & Feig (as Tara Senior)
Dalice Shilshtut .... production secretary
Natasha C. Smith .... production auditor (as Natasha Smith)
Clay Steward .... completion guarantor: Film Finances
Mercedes Tahir .... intern: Lucky Monkey
Matthew Warren .... completion guarantor: Film Finances (as Matt Warren)
Russell Washington .... lead accountant
Sharon Watt .... script supervisor
Betty Whitehouse .... payroll services: Cast ans Crew Payroll Services
Canella Williams .... production coordinator
Adam Wolk .... unit production assistant
Tracy Wong .... craft service production assistant
Tracy Wong .... craft service
Max Zimmerman .... production secretary
Adrienne Dine .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brandon K. Hines .... production intern (uncredited)
David Laurentin .... assistant parking coordinator (uncredited)
Brendan C. Lynch .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
John F. McCarthy .... production assistant (uncredited)
Karen Pritchet .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jesse Dickersin .... special thanks
Nikola Dickersin .... special thanks
Nino Dickersin .... special thanks
Mia Goldman .... thanks
Kevin Kasha .... very special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, smoking and language
104 min
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Andy Garcia's character can be heard yelling the name "Manny" when addressing the stunt coordinator on the set of the film within a film; in the real film (City Island), Manny Siverio is the Stunt Coordinator.See more »
Continuity: In the scene where Vinnie and Molly are confronted by Joyce, Joyce changes stair levels throughout the scene.See more »
Joyce Rizzo:[lighting cigarette] My husband thinks I quit.
Tony:One good thing about the joint, they don't let you smoke anymore so... I quit inside.
Joyce Rizzo:Being in prison and not being able to smoke? That's like being in jail. Join me.
Tony:All right.
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The best kept secret of the year, 24 August 2010
Author: Simon_Says_Movies from Toronto, ON, Canada

Like a number of smaller films this year such as The Kids are All Right, Please Give, Winter's Bone and the first two films of the Millennium Trilogy, City Island is one of this years sleeper indie hits and it is easy to see why. Out on DVD today, it is one of the best movies of the year.

In many ways, City Island is a traditional dysfunctional family melodrama, and it revels in that mold. What elevates this dark comedy to something compelling and infinitely memorable are the universally strong performances, confident direction and most importantly -- one of the best scripts in years. Oddly, I found the same response to a very different film; Frost/Nixon. Boasting the same underlying strengths by way of actors and writing, both are perplexingly entertaining for movies with such a humble story arc and could easily be dismissed as pompous Oscar bait. This is far from the truth.

By way of an introductory voice-over narration we meet the Rizzo family who reside on City Island, a tiny island community in the Bronx. The residents of this picturesque hidden jewel consist of two groups, "mussel suckers" who are immigrants to the island and "clam diggers," who like the Rizzos, have resided there for generations. Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) is a prison guard but secretly aspires to become an actor, a masquerade so embarrassing to him it leads his wife Joyce (Julianna Margulies) to believe he is having an affair. Their son Vince Jr. has a secret fetish for more portly woman and their daughter Vivian is secretly working as a stripper to pay for school. To top things off, Vince has come across a paroled prisoner who just so happens to be his son Tony who he had abandoned during a relationship decades prior.

Basing your opinion on that description alone, it would be very easy to dismiss City Island as an outlandish comedy of errors, but the execution is so genuine and deliberate it borders on genius. As tensions escalate after Vince brings Tony home with him (under false pretences) everyone's secrets collide in a climax that ranks among my favorite finales of all time, drama, comedy, horror film or otherwise. As the writing behind the big finish shines through, so does the believable mix of fluctuating emotions exhibited by the cast. Words do not do this scene justice, so I urge you to simply experience it yourself.

Each principle member of the cast gives what I would call career-high performances, especially Andy Garcia who anchors the story as everything dissolves around him. He is hilariously deadpan at one moment and tender at the next, which sets off Margulies' fiery Joyce to even more palatable effect. Steven Straight as Vice's long-lost son is perfectly nuanced as an ex-con who is as puzzled by his new lodgings and the kindness of a supposed stranger as he is disenchanted with society. Emily Mortimer gets a great side role as a colleague of Vince's in his secret acting class; a relationship that stays refreshingly plutonic.

Every member of the Rizzo family is given enough screen time to become fully realized individuals but without taking so much attention away from another to degrade them to a caricature. Vince Jr. is sarcastic and annoying most of the time and in a lesser film he would have been overused and could have easily sunk the film. But writer/director Raymond De Felitta plays to each characters strengths and balances their interplay faultlessly.

Above all else, City Island is a film about secrets and how when kept bottled up can shred even the strongest of relationships but when shared can be a uniting factor. This theme seems fitting as this little treasure is the best kept secret of the year.

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