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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... See more »

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Flori
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Dito
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Young Dito
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Young Laurie
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Diane (as Julia Garro)
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Jenny
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Guiseppe
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Young Nerf (as Peter Tambakis)
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Young Antonio
Anthony Tirado ...
Street Corner Puerto Rican (creditOnly)
Erick Rosado ...
Puerto Rican Van Driver
Steve Payne ...
Beach Chair Guy (as Steven Payne)
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Monty
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Teacher
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Mike O'Shea
Marc Castle ...
Drunken Man in Subway
Steven Randazzo ...
Token Clerk (as Stephen Randazzo)
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Uncle George (as George Di Cenzo)
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Aunt Mary
Teresa Kelsey ...
Newscaster (as Teresa Anne Kelsey)
Sammy Rhee ...
Korean Shop Owner
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Yup Yup
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Reaper
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Reaper's Little Brother
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Antonio's Father
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Frank the Dog Walker (as Anthony de Sando)
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Nerf (as Scott Campbell)
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Laurie
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Laurie's Son
Iraida Polanco ...
Old Woman
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Queensbridge Bodega Man
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Antonio
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Prison Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Cussat ...
Gameshow Host / Television Announcer (uncredited) (voice)
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Woman in Subway Station (uncredited)
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Prison Visitor (uncredited)
Al Marz ...
Street Corner Puerto Rican (uncredited)
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Gang Member (uncredited)
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Bookstore Clerk (uncredited)
Mike Struck ...
Prison Gaurd (uncredited)
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Very young Dito (uncredited)

Directed by

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Dito Montiel

Written by

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Dito Montiel ... (book)
 
Dito Montiel ... (written by)

Produced by

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Rene Bastian ... co-producer
Charlie Corwin ... producer
Robert Downey Jr. ... co-producer
Jonathan Elias ... co-producer
Alex Francis ... associate producer
Amanda Mackey ... executive producer
Clara Markowicz ... producer
Linda Moran ... co-producer
Bobby Sager ... executive producer
Peter Sahagen ... executive producer
Sting ... executive producer
Trudie Styler ... producer
Lucy Sumner ... line producer (as Lucy Cooper)
Travis Swords ... producer

Music by

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Jonathan Elias

Cinematography by

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Eric Gautier ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jake Pushinsky
Christopher Tellefsen

Editorial Department

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Tritia Espinoza ... international editor
Adam Folk ... post-production coordinator
Vaughan Killin ... color timer
William Lehman ... assistant editor
Anthony Ripoli ... assistant editor
Larry Schmitt ... on-line editor

Casting By

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Melissa Chusid
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond ... (as Cathy Sandrich Gelford)
Amanda Mackey

Production Design by

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Jody Asnes

Set Decoration by

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Cherish M. Hale ... (as Cherish Magennis Hale)

Costume Design by

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Sandra Hernandez

Makeup Department

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Mary Cooke ... key hair stylist (as Mary Cook)
Suzanne DeSimone ... additional makeup artist (as Suzanne D. De Simone)
Joseph Farulla ... additional makeup artist (as Joe Farulla)
Linda Grimes ... key makeup artist
Michael Laudati ... additional makeup artist
Dionne Pitsikoulis ... makeup artist
Eileen Tersago ... additional hair stylist

Production Management

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Nicola Westermann ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jason Graham ... second assistant director
Urs Hirschbiegel ... first assistant director
Anthony Ripoli ... second unit director
Justin Ritson ... second second assistant director
Nan Sandle ... second second assistant director (as Nan Marie Sandle)

Art Department

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Sarah Berney ... scenic artist (as Sarah L. Berney)
Benjamin K. Cox ... art department assistant
Benjamin Craig ... scenic artist
Colin Eletto ... art department assistant
Shannon Finnerty ... assistant property master
Jessioca Gonzalez ... art department intern
Nora Killoran ... additional set dresser
Lianir Lopez ... art department production assistant
Christina Madry ... art intern
David Moriarty ... scenic artist
Hannah Newman ... construction assistant
Andy Pan ... lead man
Mike Romano ... set carpenter
Jeremy Rosenstein ... art department assistant
Kyle Salvatore ... on-set dresser
Nicole M. Solis ... scenic artist (as Nicole Solis)
Joshua Visser ... construction coordinator (as Joshua M. Visser)
Bentley Wood ... property master
Derek J.W. Wybourn ... assistant property master
Marian Ziola-Stoeffelmeier ... scenic artist

Sound Department

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Leslie Bloome ... foley artist (as Leslie Bloom)
Pam DeMetruis-Thomas ... adr editor (as Pam De Metruis-Thomas)
Eugene Gearty ... sound editor
John Gutierrez ... boom operator
Paul Hsu ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Charles R. Hunt ... sound mixer (as Charles Hunt)
Jesse Malings ... sound mixer
Branka Mrkic ... dialogue editor (as Branka Mrkic-Tana)
Beauxregard Neylen ... assistant adr engineer / assistant foley engineer
Alex Raspa ... adr engineer / foley engineer
Chris Rich ... sound facility supervisor
Lila Yomtoob ... assistant sound editor

Visual Effects by

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Keith Yurevitz ... visual effects

Stunts

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Roy Farfel ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Aida Artieda ... additional electrician
Hugo Bonilla ... generator operator
Ethan Borsuk ... second assistant camera
Luis Colon ... grip
Katie Dainson ... additional second assistant camera
Christopher DelSordo ... additional second assistant camera (as Chris Del Sordo)
Billy Dickson ... additional photographer
Pedro Diez ... additional grip
Nicole Emmons ... additional electrician
Jack Foster ... best boy grip
Avra Fox-Lerner ... additional grip
John Frisbie ... third electrician
Andrew Greve ... additional electrician
Melissa Guimaraes ... key grip
Nick Haines-Stiles ... additional grip
David Harges ... gaffer (as David Lee Harges)
Steve Huber ... additional photographer
Gregory Hurcomb ... additional electrician
Daniel Kubick ... additional electrician (as Daniel Kubicek)
Nina Kuhn ... additional electrician
Marcus Lehmann ... grip
Parris Mayhew ... camera operator
Smokey Nelson ... gaffer: additional photography
Lisa Origlieri ... camera loader
Joseph Paolini ... third grip
Andrij Parekh ... additional photographer
Chris Reynolds ... first assistant camera
Francis Spieldenner ... additional first assistant camera
Jake Sumner ... camera intern
Walter Thomson ... still photographer
Fernando Vallejo ... camera intern

Casting Department

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Lori Eastside ... extras casting
Avy Kaufman ... additional casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ngina Bowen ... wardrobe supervisor
Leslie Fry ... wardrobe intern
Mariette Hendriks ... costume supervisor
Whitney Kyles ... assistant costume designer
Christina Madry ... wardrobe intern
Evelyn Mejia ... wardrobe intern
Yvette Stapleton ... key costumer (as Yvette E. Stapleton)
David F. Zambrana ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Jeff Caron ... location manager
Daniel Coss ... location manager: New York
Payton Dunham ... assistant location manager: preparation
Margaret Koschik ... location assistant (as Meg Koschik)
Alexander Zweig ... assistant location manager (as Alex Zweig)

Music Department

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Jim Black ... music clearances: Clearsongs Inc.
Jeff Bunnell ... musician: trumpet
Jimmy Haun ... additional scoring
Vincenzo LoRusso ... lead music mixer / music recording engineer
Nathaniel Morgan ... music recording engineer
David Wittman ... additional scoring
Dan Dzula ... music recordist (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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John McMorrow ... driver
Timothy Paustian ... transportation captain (as Timothy J. Paustian)

Other crew

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Matthew Amenta ... set production assistant (as Matthew C. Amenta)
Victoria Asher ... set intern
Luches Banks ... set production assistant
Eli Barach ... office intern
Anna Bosco ... accountant: JFA Inc.
Steve Boyle ... accountant: JFA Inc.
Alayne Brady ... office intern
Inna Braude ... assistant: Kingu Films
Emerson Bruns ... production legal counsel (as Emerson E. Bruns)
Linda Carbone ... production executive: Kingu Films, New York
Amyjoy Clark ... additional production assistant: first team
Alison Davis ... production secretary (as Alison M. Davis)
Patricia de Paula ... production coordinator
Bailey Ertel ... set production assistant
Jason Fesel ... set production assistant (as Jason Fredrick Fesel)
John B. Finn ... accountant: JPA Inc. (as John Finn)
Jessica Flores ... office intern (as Jessica J. Flores)
Stacy Frankel ... assistant: Original Media
Cliff Fuller ... production office coordinator
Rebecca Fulton ... script supervisor
Ish Goldstein ... set production assistant
Wilson Green ... set production assistant
Wayne Han ... production assistant
Sebastian Iervolino ... set intern
Pino Insegno ... voice dubbing: Robert Downey Jr
Sondra James ... loop group coordinator
Markus Janner ... titles & opticals: Duart Digital
Theis Jessen ... office production assistant
Lianir Lopez ... art production assistant
Theresa Lowrey ... assistant: Trudie Styler
Christine McAndrews ... production executive: Kingu Films, New York
Watari Nishida ... set production assistant
Shane O'Dell ... office manager: Belladonna
Ray Parada ... additional footage
Alyson Perlongo ... assistant: Original Media
Melissa Pfluger ... craft service: Kitchen 306 Inc.
Christina Prudenti ... craft service: Kitchen 306 Inc.
Jimmy Rich ... assistant: Robert Downey Jr.
Neil Ruddy ... weapons specialist
Nan Sandle ... production assistant: first team (as Nan Marie Sandle)
Clarence Sharpe ... key production assistant
Joleen Small ... office intern
Jesse Spellman ... set production assistant (as Jesse Spellman III)
Greg Staley ... additional set production assistant
Cordelia Stephens ... clearances and product placement
James P. Stephens ... assistant to director
Anita Sumner ... senior production executive: Kingu Films, London
Olivia Vesey ... set intern
T.G. Wilkinson ... set intern (as Tom Wilkinson)
Keith Yurevitz ... titles & opticals: Duart Digital

Thanks

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Ed Harris ... special thanks
Anne Hubbell ... thanks
Craig Kestel ... special thanks
Kenneth Shiffrin ... special thanks (as Kenneth Schiffrin)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Queens, New York, 1986. Sometimes the only way forward, is back. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Il était une fois dans le Queens (France)
  • Kids in den Straßen New Yorks (Germany)
  • Memorias de Queens (Spain)
  • Egheiridio anagnorisis agion (Greece)
  • Hayatindaki Azizleri Kesfetme Kilavuzu (Turkey, Turkish title)
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  • 100 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $94,784, 01 Oct 2006

Did You Know?

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Trivia Writer and Director Dito Montiel was reluctant to cast Shia LaBeouf in the role of young Dito, because Montiel was intent on casting an unknown. After the first rejection, however, LaBeouf pushed for one more audition. He came into the casting office, punched a hole in the wall, and convinced Montiel that he could bring the requisite amount of anger to the role. See more »
Goofs In the 1980s scenes on the subway, scanning the rooftops, you can see many cellphone towers. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Prestige/Flicka/Marie Antoinette/A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006). See more »
Soundtracks Native New Yorker See more »
Crazy Credits At the very end of the credits, after the logo graveyard, there is a short bit with the real Monty. See more »
Quotes Dito: In the end - just like I said - I left everything, and everyone. But no one, no one has ever left me.
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