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Gravesend (1997)

Four young men spend their Saturday night trying to come up with the money to cover up the accidental death of a family member. As the night grows old, the tensions between the four rise and the situation becomes all the more desperate.


Salvatore Stabile
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Brandise Thomas Brandise ... Mikey
Tom Malloy ... Chicken
Michael Parducci Michael Parducci ... Ray
Tony Tucci Tony Tucci ... Zane
Sean Quinn ... Mark
Carmel Altomare Carmel Altomare ... Zane's Mother
Teresa Spinelli Teresa Spinelli ... Zane's Grandmother
Glen Sparer Glen Sparer ... Tow Truck Driver
Macky Aquilino Macky Aquilino ... Jo-Jo the Junkie
Yoni Berkovits Yoni Berkovits ... Junkie
David Auerbach David Auerbach ... Tony
Miranda Devin Miranda Devin ... Mary
Dora Irizzary Dora Irizzary ... Mary's Mother
Ray Picirillo Ray Picirillo ... Mary's New Boyfriend / Extra Street Punk
Maurice Carr Maurice Carr ... Terence


Four young men spend their Saturday night trying to come up with the money to cover up the accidental death of a family member. As the night grows old, the tensions between the four rise and the situation becomes all the more desperate.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, drug content and strong language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 September 1997 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$65,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Originally shot on a budget of around $5,000 and a rough, incomplete cut was shown to investors who provided the additional funding to complete the film. See more »


References 20/20 (1978) See more »


Written by Roy Orbison, Joe Melson
Performed by Roy Orbison
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gritty NY film good but not perfect
20 October 2003 | by bcphilliSee all my reviews

Gravesend takes place in a beaten down Brooklyn neighborhood near Coney Island. Immediately, it is clear that the young writer/director of this film takes all his energy and inspiration for his characters out of the streets for this film, and does so convincingly. Much of this films' buzz centered around the fact that the director was young and made the film at a very low-budget, adding to this films rough urban flavor. Many critics deplored the film because of its' repeatative non-stop pointless fights among the friends, however I believe they were an essential part of the film. We learn to dislike most of the characters, often glad that their lives aren't ours, and at times the dialog can be suprisingly humorous given the cynical nature of this film. Tony Tucci alone is reason enough to see this movie, playing a violent, rough, worthless twenty-something who is neither a good friend, good person, and more or less continually fails at what he does throughout the coarse of the night. With a better written plot and storyline, this film could have done what Mean Streets did for Martin Scorecese for this young director, but unfortunately falls short. However, to anyone interested in film and film making, highly recommended.

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