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Jersey City teen Ray Ray Morales is wasting time in a low paying job until a local loan shark offers him a job -- making sure that Ray Ray's friend, an immigrant pawnbroker makes his weekly payments.

Director:

Michael Tolajian
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Cast

Credited cast:
Cristina Ablaza Cristina Ablaza ... Hilda
Mike Benitez ... Little Tony
Anthony Chisholm ... Floyd
Angel David ... Ferdie
Rosie De Candia ... Disgruntled Customer
Joe Grifasi ... Alphonso 'Chunks' Colon
Frank Harts ... Oswaldo 'Papo' Rivera
Victor Hawks ... The Father
David Margulies ... Kutty Nazarian
Marjan Neshat ... Ruby
Jimmy Palumbo ... Contruction Worker (2002)
Mikey Romano Mikey Romano ... The Son
Rafael Sardina ... Ray Ray Morales
Karen Starc ... Debbie (as Karen Goberman)
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Mr. Stubbs
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Jersey City teen Ray Ray Morales is wasting time in a low paying job until a local loan shark offers him a job -- making sure that Ray Ray's friend, an immigrant pawnbroker makes his weekly payments.

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual references
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Jersey Tale See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pawnshop Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color
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On the promo disc the film was entitled "A Jersey Tale". See more »

Soundtracks

Nobody Like Me
Written by Frank Harts
Performed by Frank Harts
Courtesy of Stemsel Bros Music Publishing LLC/ASCAP
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A Sleeper!
12 November 2005 | by lavatchSee all my reviews

This thoughtful film appeared on cable television under the title "Jersey Tale," and the real star of the show is the writer-director Michael Tolajian.

The story is a compelling coming-of-age tale about a young man facing the pressures of adulthood. The performance of Rafael Sardina as the central character Ray hit all the right notes with occasional moments of humor, as well as emotional nuances.

While Ray's character is working out issues related to love in his relationships with two young women, it is his developing association with the pawnbroker named Kutty Nazarian (David Marguiles) that is rich in its layers of dramatic expression. Kutty becomes both a friend and father figure to Ray. At the same time, Ray is coming into his own as a young man who might offer a lesson or two to Kutty.

Writer-director Tolajian provided crisp dialogue, and the pacing of the film was superb. The producers of big-budget films would be well advised to study "Bought and Sold" as an example of a lovely slice of life and film-making at its best!


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