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The Yards (2000)

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In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he ... See full summary »

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James Gray
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Leo Handler
Joaquin Phoenix ... Willie Gutierrez
Charlize Theron ... Erica Soltz
James Caan ... Frank Olchin
Ellen Burstyn ... Val Handler
Faye Dunaway ... Kitty Olchin
Steve Lawrence ... Arthur Mydanick
Andy Davoli ... Raymond Price (as Andrew Davoli)
Tony Musante ... Seymour Korman
Victor Argo ... Paul Lazarides
Tomas Milian ... Manuel Sequiera
Robert Montano ... Hector Gallardo
Victor Arnold ... Albert Granada
Chad Aaron Chad Aaron ... Bernard Soltz
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Nathan Grodner
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In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big contractors; he's battling with a minority-owned firm for contracts. Willie Gutierrez, Leo's best friend, is Frank's bag man and heads a crew of midnight saboteurs who ruin the work of the Puerto Rican-owned firm. Leo needs a job, so Willie pays him to be his back-up. Then things go badly wrong one night, a cop IDs Leo, and everyone now wants him out of the picture. Besides his ailing mom and his cousin Erica, to whom can Leo turn? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He's the target of the most merciless family in New York. His own. See more »


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Rated R for language, violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A bűn állomásai See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,339, 22 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$882,710, 19 November 2000
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

For Leo's and Willie's fight, Mark and Joaquin agreed to actually fight each other. Although they wore knee and elbow pads, everything on-screen is Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg beating each other up. There are no stunts, and the entire thing was done in two takes, from three different angles. The next day, they were black and blue. See more »

Goofs

The pearl handled pistol that Frank Olchin removes from his sock drawer was sitting on his desk in the study, the room he just left. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Unrated cut is 113 minutes and two scenes from the original theatrical R-rated cut have been removed. This version is about two minutes shorter. The final scene in court when Leo testifies and states that he has reformed and is reentering society as a productive citizen, has been dropped. A brief scene early in the film in which Willie (Phoenix) describes the importance of favors and gifts and "making it happen" is also cut (this scene however does appears on the included trailer on the DVD). The end credits now begin with 'empty' views of the film's settings before moving into the credits list. Also included on the DVD are several deleted scenes. See more »

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Referenced in Beantown (2007) See more »

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No One Is to Blame
(1985) (uncredited)
Written & Performed by Howard Jones
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Too much plot, not enough time
7 February 2006 | by jack_thursbySee all my reviews

The cast and acting in this crime/drama is great, but the actors are let down by a melodramatic script that is too busy. "The Yards" is a character-driven story, but the problem is that the script has too many subplots going on which doesn't give us the time we need to know and care about the characters. By the end I really didn't care what happened, because I didn't know the characters and didn't care how the plot was resolved.

Basically "The Yards" tells the story of Leo, a working class young man who returns home from a stint in prison to his ailing mother. His best friend, Willie, takes him on at Leo's step-uncle's subway train outfitting business, where things aren't exactly above-the-board. Leo gets more involved in the business and things go awry. And along the way, there's a hundred and one subplots.

This movie had some nice moments, and great acting, but it can't rise above a script that tries to pack too much plot into too little time.


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