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The Narrows (2008)

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19 year old Brooklyn boy Mike tries to balance a scholarship to NYU and his sophisticated Italian neighborhood roots, as well as a eager-to-marry girlfriend, a proud father and a less lawful transport job. After a Tim McLoughlin's novel.


François Velle


Tatiana Blackington (screenplay), Tim McLoughlin (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Zegers ... Mike Manadoro
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Vinny Manadoro
Sophia Bush ... Kathy Popovich
Eddie Cahill ... Nicky Shades
Titus Welliver ... Tony
Monica Keena ... Gina Abruzzi
Roger Rees ... Professor Reyerson
Tony Cucci Tony Cucci ... Big Lou
Michael Kelly ... Danny
Anthony Fazio ... Little Joey
Louis Mustillo ... Fat Sal
Esau Pritchett Esau Pritchett ... Todd
Radu Spinghel Radu Spinghel ... Edward
Melina Lizette ... Luz
Kate Rogal ... Xander


A 19 year old Brooklyn boy who is torn between two worlds when his photography portfolio wins him a partial scholarship to NYU. He must figure out how to balance his Italian neighborhood roots with the expansive, sophisticated world on the other side of the East River. This compelling coming-of-age story combines suspense, murder and loyalty. Based on Tim McLoughlin's novel "Heart of the Old Country." Written by Anonymous

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He's got to get out, if he's going to get ahead.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The taxi license plate number changes. At the end of movie, when the taxi pulls away its number is 5P48. Half a block down the street, the number is 9M77. See more »


Mike Manadoro: Gina Abrutzi - my girl friend. She says she'll quit smoking the day I ask her to marry me. So, on top of everything else, I cause lung cancer.
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Written by Neneh Cherry, Cameron McVey and Jonathan Sharp
Performed by Neneh Cherry
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lesser mob indie
3 January 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Mike Manadoro (Kevin Zegers) lives with his father Vinny (Vincent D'Onofrio) in Brooklyn. His friend Nicky Shades (Eddie Cahill) returns from war with a dark edge. Mike's photography gets him a partial scholarship to NYU. He falls for fellow student Kathy Popovich (Sophia Bush) despite having neighborhood girlfriend Gina Abruzzi (Monica Keena). He starts doing odd jobs driving for local mob guy Tony (Titus Welliver). His father is angry with him working for Tony.

This is reminiscent of well-used material from better movies. It's an indie in need of better cinematic style and better music. It's more in the line of a good-looking TV movie. Zegers is a perfectly functional young leading man. He has just enough charisma and Bush is a hottie. However the story meanders without much tension. It takes a long time for the movie to raise the danger level. The dialog is a bit lackluster except when D'Onofrio shows up. It tries to go to a darker place but it never shocks. The whole movie needs to be tightened up a bit and concentrate on the father son relationship. More D'Onofrio would really help.

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Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Narrows: The Last Shot See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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