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The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)

R | | Drama | 17 November 1993 (USA)
A homeless schizophrenic seeks the help of a streetwise combat veteran as they attempt to overcome cruel life on the streets.

Director:

Tim Hunter

Writer:

Lyle Kessler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... Jerry
Matt Dillon ... Matthew
Rick Aviles ... Rosario
Nina Siemaszko ... Tamsen
Ving Rhames ... Little Leroy
Joe Seneca ... Spits
Harry Ellington Harry Ellington ... Arthur
Ralph Hughes Ralph Hughes ... Jason
Bahni Turpin ... Gloria
Robert Beatty Robert Beatty ... Ex-Pharmacist (as Robert Beatty Jr.)
Reuben Schafer Reuben Schafer ... Greek Man (as Reuben Schaefer)
Louis Williams Louis Williams ... Ennis
Adam Trese ... John
Kevin Corrigan ... Peter
Brian Tarantina ... Fred
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Storyline

Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by Little Leroy, a thug who is one of the tough denizens of the Fort Washington Shelter for Men. He reaches out to Jerry, a streetwise combat veteran, who takes Matthew under his wing as a son. The relationship between these two men grows as they attempt to conquer the numbing isolation of homelessness. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hajléktalanok szentje See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$57,115
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was to be a documentary, after Tim Hunter spoke to Officer Devon Riley, who then met with Ving Rhames to prep for the role. See more »

Goofs

Two different people said that Fort Washington Armory was in two different parts of the city. The guard at the family shelter told Matthew, "You're in the wrong place. You got to go downtown to Fort Washington." Later in the movie, at Fort Washington, Little Leroy said to Matthew, "We here at Washington Heights (where Ft. Wash. Armory is located). That's in the northern tip of the island of Manhattan, ..." Downtown is southern Manhattan. See more »

Quotes

Rosario: Don't use that shit. Use this shit.
[hands Matthew his washer fluid]
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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SHAME
Written & Performed by Julia Fordham
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc./CIRCA Records Ltd.
Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd. (PRS)
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I will treasure this film in my heart and soul, above all others, till the day I die....
3 September 2010 | by Vivekmaru45See all my reviews

This is the film which I cherish above all others and one which I will never forget.

A look into the lives of the destitute people in the street and in the the shelters made for them, particularly the Fort Washington Shelter for Men.

The story is told through the eyes of its principle narrator Jerry (Danny Glover). The story is about Matthew (Matt Dillon), a young schizophrenic, who finds himself evicted when his apartment building is torn down.

He tries to ask for his welfare money but is told to go elsewhere to a non-existent address. He eventually ends up outside the the Fort Washington Shelter for Men, where he first encounters Jerry. He attempts to take a photo of Jerry with his camera, which offends Jerry. Matthew however tells Jerry that the camera is empty and that his hobby is photography. Jerry begins to take an interest in Matthew.

He is threatened in the bathroom by Little Leroy, a much feared thug, who preys upon the weaker members of the Fort Washington Shelter for Men. But however he is timely rescued by Jerry who breaks Leroy's arm in the process. Leroy swears his vengeance against both Jerry and Matthew.

Jerry, a streetwise combat veteran, takes Matthew under his wing. The relationship between these two men grows as they attempt to conquer the numbing isolation of homelessness.

Jerry earns some money by cleaning the windows of cars as the pass through a busy part of the street. He teaches Matthew this profession, whop speedily masters it. Matthew soon begins to save up some money. Jerry buys Matthew some film so that he can start taking some photos.

Jerry tells Matthew more about his personal life. He advises Mathew that to escape from the shelters they have only to save enough money to rent an apartment and so escape the Fort Washington shelter. He also tells Matthew about his dream of selling fruits and vegetables from the back of a car to make fast and easy money.

The two men now begin to have a goal in life: to rent an apartment and start a business for themselves.

Will they achieve their dreams? It is up to you to watch the film and see what happens next.

An outstanding performance by both Danny Glover and Matt Dillon and both are deserving of an Oscar. As well as an Oscar for the director Tim Hunter. Ving Rhames is also brilliant in his role as Little Leroy. The cinematography is good showing the busy city life and the packed Fort Washington Shelter.

Overall 10/10. A film you will remember of the rest of your life.


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