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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.

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... Flori
... Dito
... Young Dito
... Young Laurie
... Diane (as Julia Garro)
... Jenny
... Guiseppe
... Young Nerf (as Peter Tambakis)
... Young Antonio
Anthony Tirado ... Street Corner Puerto Rican (credit only)
Erick Rosado ... Puerto Rican Van Driver
Steve Payne ... Beach Chair Guy (as Steven Payne)
... Monty
... Teacher
... Mike O'Shea
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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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Sometimes the only way to move forward is to go back See more »

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Crime | Drama

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

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13 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tus santos y tus demonios  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$94,784, 1 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$516,139, 19 November 2006
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Final film of George DiCenzo. See more »

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The song "New York Groove" is incorrectly credited to KISS. While he was a member of KISS at the time, and while KISS performed this song during their tours in the late 70's and early 80's, the song is actually from Ace Frehley's 1978 self titled solo album. See more »

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Guiseppe: My name is Guiseppe and I'm Antonio's brother.
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References Asteroids (1979) See more »

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Welcome Back
Written and Performed by John Sebastian
Courtesy of John Sebastian Music
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Powerful and heartfelt look at an often violent past
29 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I recently saw a screening of "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" without any prior knowledge of the subject matter or cast, which I am beginning to believe might be the best idea before seeing many of the smaller films out there. Reminiscent of "Goodfellas" and "Kids," a gritty coming-of-age story that packs a powerful punch with star Shia LaBeouf delivering a heart- breaking performance. This film is not to be missed and should be a strong contender come awards season. Director and writer Dito Montiel obviously draws from the likes of Martin Scorsese as he paints Queens, New York in a light only familiar to those who grew up deep in the heart of it. "Saints" elicits both tears and laughter, often within moments of each other while keeping the audience on the edge of their seats the entire time. Topping off this walk down memory lane, Montiel incorporates a stellar soundtrack mostly from the 70's, which feels right even though most of the story takes place in the mid 80's.


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