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A Most Violent Year (2014)

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In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.

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A crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. Written by Production

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The result is never in question, just the path you take to get there.


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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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30 January 2015 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$188,000 (USA) (2 January 2015)

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$5,749,134 (USA) (24 April 2015)
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2.35 : 1
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Camera assistant Sarah Jones died tragically on another set while this film was in production. The filmmakers would like to acknowledge the importance of safe working practices when making movies. We are grateful to our entire crew for their professionalism and careful preparation www.SafetyforSarah.com See more »

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Tollbooths in NYC in the 1980s had change baskets attached to every booth. See more »

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Abel Morales: You should know that I have always taken the path that is most right. The result is never in question for me. Just what path do you take to get there, and there is always one that is most right. And that is what this is.
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Una Lacrima Sul Viso
Written by Mogol (as Giulio Rapetti Mogol) & Roberto Satti
Performed by Ciao Italia
Courtesy of Rendez-Vous-Digital
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Atmospheric dark drama
17 February 2015 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Having seen it a few days ago, the more I think of "A Most Violent Year", the more I like it.

This is not a spoiler, but a friendly tip: don't expect a lot of what the title implies, because the movie does not focus on violence.

While there are tense and violent moments, the movie's strenght lies in the performances and the interactions between characters.

Oscar Isaac plays Abel, a businessman who is trying to make a clean living while being more and more pressured by an unknown threat. The competition plays dirty while he wants to stay an honest man.

Abel's moral struggle is what the narrative revolves around. Jessica Chastain play Anna, Abel's wife and business partner. She is equally as powerful, assertive and dominant as he is, if not more so.

The director did a wonderful job at creating a tense, sad and dramatic mood throughout. The cinematography is wonderful, the subtle moody soundtrack plays a big part in creating a feeling of impending doom throughout the entire movie, and I am very impressed by the recreation of a 1981 New York. It's very immersive.

While nothing mainstream audiences will drool over, I find "A Most Violent Year" an excellent drama. If you like this movie, you should give "The Two Faces Of January" a chance as well. Not only you would notice what a chameleon Oscar Isaac is, but you might enjoy the classic mood and character-driven vibe of that film as well.


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