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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.

Director:

François Velle

Writers:

Tatiana Blackington (screenplay), Tim McLoughlin (novel)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Narrows: The Last Shot See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Kathy Popovich: [date conversation] My mother's a psychiatrist, so...
Mike Manadoro: What does your, uh, what does your mom say about you?
Kathy Popovich: That I'm a classic borderline histrionic, cerebral narcissist.
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Surprisingly good
12 August 2013 | by Cedric_CatsuitsSee all my reviews

This didn't sound too appealing to me and there are no big names in the cast, but I have to say it is a gripping and enjoyable story. The acting is superb and the relationships between the characters well thought out.

It's not emotionally draining so to that extent perhaps it lacks a bit of depth, but even so you get to sympathize with the plight of people who don't really fit into the rapidly changing world. The brutality comes with morality albeit not in a conventional form, and there is a sense that everything will turn out OK if you live by that code.

A regular college kid whose job is not waiting tables or flipping burgers, but following in the family tradition of gangland crime, is a fascinating take on a familiar theme, and it works really well.

Not too demanding but very enjoyable with some fantastic performances.


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