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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Leo Handler
... Willie Gutierrez
... Erica Soltz
... Frank Olchin
... Val Handler
... Kitty Olchin
... Arthur Mydanick
... Raymond Price (as Andrew Davoli)
... Seymour Korman
... Paul Lazarides
... Manuel Sequiera
... Hector Gallardo
... Albert Granada
Chad Aaron ... Bernard Soltz
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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27 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A bűn állomásai  »

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$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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The New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) initially refused permission to film on its property. The filmmakers decided to film at an old abandoned freight yard and a studio set. Finally, a deal was reached allowing one scene to be shot inside the 207th Street Car Shop and Yard on NYCTA property. See more »

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The cars in the "subway yard" are not actually subway cars; they are circa-1963 suburban commuter coaches for the Metro-North & Long Island Railroads. See more »

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Features E! News (1991) See more »

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Too much plot, not enough time
7 February 2006 | by See 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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