The lives of three residents of New York's Staten Island intersect as they struggle to get ahead.

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James DeMonaco

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James DeMonaco
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Complete credited cast:
Ethan Hawke ... Sully Halverson
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Parmie Tarzo
Seymour Cassel ... Jasper Sabiano
Julianne Nicholson ... Mary Halverson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Brennan ... Tree Man
Lynn Cohen ... Dr. Leikovic
Bill Cwikowski Bill Cwikowski ... Manny the Cashier
J.D. Daniels J.D. Daniels ... Vet
Rosemary De Angelis Rosemary De Angelis ... Gianina Tarzo
Dominic Fumusa ... Giammarino
Michael Hogan ... Bill Quinlan
Dominic Marcus ... Chainsaw Man #2
Ken Marks Ken Marks ... Land Owner #1
Adrian Martinez ... Officer Rodriguez
Larry Mitchell ... Cop #1
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In Staten Island, New York, Parmie Tarzo is a powerful mobster boss. The family man Sully Halverson is septic tank cleaner married with Mary Halverson and they are trying to have a baby. The deaf and dumb Jasper "Jas" Sabiano is the slicer of deli meat in a market and also works for Parmie Tarzo slicing the bodies of his victims. Jas likes Sully and expects to win the horse races. One day, Sully that is not a bright man decides to heist the house of Parmie Tarzo, expecting to artificially inseminate Mary with a better sperm than his in an expensive clinic. Meanwhile Jas wins the horse race and there is an attempt on Tarzo's life and he finds that his gangsters have planned it. The lives of the three residents are entwined with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violent content and language | See all certifications »

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Ethan Hawke and James DeMonacco later move onto The Purge (2013) together. See more »

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A scene near the beginning has Vincent D'Onforio driving and music is playing The Closed Caption says it is The Temptations singing "Smiling Faces". The song was originally recorded by The Temptations in 1971. Producer Norman Whitfield had the song re-recorded by The Undisputed Truth the same year, resulting in a number-three Billboard Hot 100 position for the group. "Smiling Faces" was the only Top 40 single released by the Undisputed Truth, and was included on their debut album The Undisputed Truth. The version heard on the movie is by The Undisputed Truth. See more »

Crazy Credits

MPAA Certificate No. 999999. Seems made up, since numbers are only 5 digits in the year 2020. Apparently The Darwin Awards (2006) also has this number. See more »

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Farewell To Slavianka
Traditional
Performed by the Red Army Orchestra & The Red Army Choir
Conducted by V. Federov
Courtesy of Kapagama / Naxos - HNH International
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Welcome to Staten Island
14 January 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Staten Island, New York, Parmie Tarzo (Vincent D'Onofrio) is a powerful mobster boss. The family man Sully Halverson (Ethan Hawke) is septic tank cleaner married with Mary Halverson (Julianne Nicholson) and they are trying to have a baby. The deaf and dumb Jasper "Jas" Sabiano (Seymour Cassel) is the slicer of deli meat in a market and also works for Parmie Tarzo slicing the bodies of his victims. Jas likes Sully and expects to win the horse races.

One day, Sully that is not a bright man decides to heist the house of Parmie Tarzo, expecting to artificially inseminate Mary with a better sperm than his in an expensive clinic. Meanwhile Jas wins the horse race and there is an attempt on Tarzo's life and he finds that his gangsters have planned it. The lives of the three residents are entwined with tragic consequences.

"Staten Island" is a movie that blends different genres – comedy, crime and drama – in an uneven way. The screenplay is not linear and Parmie Tarzo on the top of the tree is boring and silly. The best segment is the drama of Sully, and the motives of Jas are not clear. "Staten Island" entertains but is not special. My vote is six.

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Release Date:

5 August 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Little New York See more »

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Alpine, New Jersey, USA See more »

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$763,728
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