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The Last New Yorker (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 February 2010 (USA)
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Lenny (Chianese) is a small-time investor who's always managed by rolling the dice on Wall Street, but he just can't keep up with the times. When his luck finally runs out, his best friend ... See full summary »

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Harvey Wang

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Adam Forgash
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dominic Chianese ... Lenny Sugarman
Dick Latessa ... Ruben
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Buddeke Kate Buddeke ... Connie
Catherine Lloyd Burns ... Hostess
Kathleen Chalfant ... Mimi
Joe Grifasi ... Jerry
Josh Hamilton ... Zach
Ben Hammer ... Moses Weiss
Ann Hu ... Reporter
Jen Jones Jen Jones ... Molly
Sylvia Kauders ... Miriam Weiss
William Stone Mahoney William Stone Mahoney ... McCormack (as William Mahoney)
Keith Middleton ... Bike Messenger
Dequina Moore Dequina Moore ... Waitress
Laith Nakli ... Cabbie
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Lenny (Chianese) is a small-time investor who's always managed by rolling the dice on Wall Street, but he just can't keep up with the times. When his luck finally runs out, his best friend Ruben (Latessa) hatches a plan to get them both out of town. But Lenny's not going anywhere. He's got two last rolls of the dice: one for the money, and one for the love of a beautiful mystery woman (Chalfant) t

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Love Starts At 70 See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,172, 21 February 2010

Gross USA:

$6,607
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Brink Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A big heart in the Big Apple
16 February 2010 | by telegiantSee all my reviews

No, it's not "Paths of Glory," "Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens," or any of the other half-dozen things one of the other reviewers here evidently wishes it were. But it is something I haven't seen in a while – an honest film about aging and the challenges of moving beyond regrets and missed opportunities toward mature self-fulfillment.

The modest, and I think successful, ambition of Wang's film is to tell a story about the kinds of New Yorkers we don't often see on screen these days against the backdrop of a changing city that no longer offers them the opportunities of days past.

Main character Lenny is moving toward a very literal dead end, facing the prospects of financial ruin and perpetual loneliness, until he meets Mimi and glimpses a way out of the trap his life has become.

For me, the beauty of the film is that it does not at this point become a conventional valentine to December romance, but instead offers a gentle commentary on the meaning of true friendship and finding the courage to move with dignity into life's later stages. The ending may strike some as a bit fanciful, but it makes sense in light of the film's gradual revelation of the real relationship at the heart of the story.

"The Last New Yorker" has a generous spirit, and I would definitely recommend it to those looking for a breather from the standard preconceptions of movie love in the big city.


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