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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

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The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, New York during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs, or in prison. He comes to believe he has been saved from their fates by various so-called saints.

Director:

Dito Montiel

Writers:

Dito Montiel (book), Dito Montiel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dianne Wiest ... Flori
Robert Downey Jr. ... Dito
Shia LaBeouf ... Young Dito
Melonie Diaz ... Young Laurie
Laila Liliana Garro ... Diane (as Julia Garro)
Eleonore Hendricks ... Jenny
Adam Scarimbolo ... Guiseppe
Peter Anthony Tambakis ... Young Nerf (as Peter Tambakis)
Channing Tatum ... Young Antonio
Anthony Tirado Anthony Tirado ... Street Corner Puerto Rican (credit only)
Erick Rosado Erick Rosado ... Puerto Rican Van Driver
Steve Payne Steve Payne ... Beach Chair Guy (as Steven Payne)
Chazz Palminteri ... Monty
Tibor Feldman ... Teacher
Martin Compston ... Mike O'Shea
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Storyline

Dito, a writer in L.A., goes home to Astoria, Queens, after a 15-year absence when his mother calls to say his father's ill. In a series of flashbacks we see the young Dito, his parents, his four closest friends, and his girl Laurie, as each tries to navigate family, race, loyalty, sex, coming of age, violence, and wanting out. A ball falls onto the subway tracks at a station, small things get out of hand. Can Dito go home again? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In the end, he left everyone and everything... but no one really left him. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality, and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tus santos y tus demonios See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$94,784, 1 October 2006

Gross USA:

$517,809

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,035,468
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the locations used in the film were the same places where the actual events had occurred. The conversation between Dito and Flori in the early morning for example is down the street from where the real Antonio had lived. Dito Montiel joked that many of his childhood friends would hang around the set for filming, and tell the cast members "I never would have said that." See more »

Goofs

After Mike introduces Frank and Dito, the trio leaves Franks apartment. The cross the street and start to discuss wages, Job - from the bible, and Frank tells Mike he gets a raise. "well you just got a raise then, for the band". As soon as he finishes "for the band" there is a pay phone emerging from the left side of the screen. Verizon. The year is 1986 in the movie, however Verizon Wireless began operations on April 4, 2000. WSII. See more »

Quotes

Laurie: You want it straight? 'Cause I'm the only fucking one who's gonna tell you for some fucking reason. You killed him. You killed your father when you left. Are you hearing me? You fucking killed him. You left a trail of blood when you left. So forget me, forget all this shit, forget it, alright? You killed your mother, and you killed your father. And for the past fucking 20 years, he's been dying - just waiting for you to come home. Say 'Daddy, you fucked up.' 'Daddy, I fucking hate your guts.' ...
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, after the logo graveyard, there is a short bit with the real Monty. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Seven Minutes (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

My Maria
Written by Daniel Moore, Louis C. Stevenson
Performed by B.W. Stevenson
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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One of my favs of the year
27 October 2006 | by Henryhill51See all my reviews

First time director Dito Montiel's "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints" is a harsh autobiographical look back at his youth on the mean streets of Astoria, Queens in the mid 1980's. From the film's opening moments, Montiel introduces us to an intimate world of family and friendship that totally blindsided me by its greatness. There are moments in "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints" that roll along with such force and emotion, that Montiel feels like a natural born filmmaker, infusing his personal heartache into strong characters breathing within a vivid time and place. Montiel's handling of edits, sound, and music are also powerful, such as a scene in Dito's kitchen between his father and group of friends that explodes into stark images and quick cuts to black. Montiel also handles the return home of Downey Jr. with care and vulnerability, searching for small answers that come in revelatory conversations with his mother (Dianne Weist) and grown up girlfriend Dianne (played by Rosario Dawson). And while such personal material can be hard to translate without lapsing into melancholy, Montiel finds a way to craft a clear eyed version of his life, allowing strong acting and electric film-making to take over the balance of the experience. I love finding unheralded gems such as this. The name of Robert Downey Jr. brought me to the theater and I discovered a true talent in Dito Montiel who has crafted one of the finest directing debuts in several years


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