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


James DeMonaco


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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


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


When Mary Halverson is on the table for the genetics procedure you can hear the sound of a heart monitor even thought she is not wired for one. 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 »


Farewell To Slavianka
Performed by the Red Army Orchestra & The Red Army Choir
Conducted by V. Federov
Courtesy of Kapagama / Naxos - HNH International
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Like Sudoku; fun for the moment, but no real value in the end.
11 January 2010 | by solomonmethodSee all my reviews

In my opinion the characters were well developed and well played out for their parts. The story kept me intrigued. Honestly I can think of a whole slew of movies that this one would go good next to; Burn After Reading for example. And I just loved the music that was playing during the credits.

The problem for me was that all in all, by the end of it, I honestly could not fathom the reason for any of what had happened. After the movie ended I was left with a resounding unanswerable "WHY?". "What was accomplished?" "What was the use?" I was entertained by the characters and the story for an hour and a half, but the movie did not go anywhere. I honestly believe that the script was given a green light for the simple reason that everyone involved saw an opportunity to exercise their chops and do what it is that they're good at. The purpose here was not to entertain the audience or make some money. It was just a vehicle for those involved to feed their brain's craving to engage in a familiar and fun activity. Like doing a jigsaw puzzle, or a sudoku. Fun and engaging for the moment, but when you're done, what was it worth?

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France | USA

Release Date:

5 August 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Little New York See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpine, New Jersey, USA See more »


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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