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We Own the Night (2007)

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A New York City nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian Mafia hitmen.

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James Gray

Writer:

James Gray
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Bobby Green
Eva Mendes ... Amada Juarez
Danny Hoch ... Jumbo Falsetti
Alex Veadov ... Vadim Nezhinski
Oleg Taktarov ... Pavel Lubyarsky
Dominic Colón ... Freddie (as Dominic Colon)
Joseph D'Onofrio ... Bloodied Patron (as Joe D'Onofrio)
Elena Solovey ... Kalina Buzhayev
Moni Moshonov ... Marat Buzhayev
Mark Wahlberg ... Joseph Grusinsky
Maggie Kiley ... Sandra Grusinsky
Paul Herman ... Spiro Giavannis
Robert Duvall ... Burt Grusinsky
Antoni Corone ... Michael Solo
Craig Walker ... Russell De Keifer
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Storyline

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One family on opposite sides of the law... Two brothers about to collide. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, drug material, language, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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The film premiered May 25, at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. In it's original cut the film ran over two hours and was compared to some of Michael Mann and Martin Scorsese crime films. See more »

Goofs

In a scene where Bobby and Amada are sitting on a bed, Eva Mendes is wearing a Hanes a-shirt tank top. The label is visible through the fabric when the camera shows her back. The "tagless" style that she is wearing was not available in 1988. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Joseph Grusinsky: [whispers] I love you very much.
Bobby Green: [a beat] I love you too.
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Referenced in Entourage: The Dream Team (2007) See more »

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Let's Dance
Written and Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of RZO Music
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Strong start and dumb finish
6 December 2007 | by vostfSee all my reviews

On the whole I think James Gray's movies benefit from his smooth directing, no rushed and furious MTV editing. This leads to a good deal of leniency from the part of critics (as with Night Shyamalan before it became too obvious he was shooting the same narrative structure over and over), a kind of prime for directors who don't harass the viewer with images + sounds but let the camera roll and the actors do their jobs, the story unfold and so on.

We Own the Night starts very well, the exposure is excellent. Even though the brother confrontation is definitely not new Joaquin Phoenix is so good you just get into the story and beg for the plot to become more complicated. Oops. The problem is the story becomes a one-way highway of the same old/same old. Joaquin Phoenix is ever so good you don't care too much until it becomes way way too much. In that respect (and lack of respect for the movie-goer) the movie ends in a lame way, rushing an happy and clean and tidy and moral conclusion.

The last lines (see the so-called "memorable quotes") say it all. It perfectly reflects that a smooth director may be too smooth on writing. Bringing sentiments before the camera is miles away from shooting scripted sentimentalism and I think James Gray has a problem with his characters' emotions since he is only able to play on pathos and good acting.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,826,287, 14 October 2007

Gross USA:

$28,563,179

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,033,767
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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