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Yonkers Joe (2008)

R | | Drama | 9 January 2009 (USA)
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Family life gets in the way of a con man's search for the perfect scam.

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Robert Celestino

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chazz Palminteri ... Yonkers Joe
Michael Lerner ... Stanley
Nate Bynum ... Technician
Frank John Hughes ... Tom Vincent
Christine Lahti ... Janice
Patrick Hughes Patrick Hughes ... Polo Shirt
Lauri Johnson ... Hammer
Roma Maffia ... Irene Santini
Tom Guiry ... Joe Jr.
Michael Rispoli ... Mickey
Linus Roache ... Teddy
John 'Fastjack' Farrell John 'Fastjack' Farrell ... Fitz (as John 'Fast Jack' Farrell)
Michael A. Rizza Michael A. Rizza ... Poker Player #2 (as Michael Rizza)
Anthony Tarantola Anthony Tarantola ... Heavy #1
Rusty Meyers ... Committee Man
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Storyline

Yonkers Joe hustles, setting up schemes to cheat at cards and dice. He has a girlfriend, Janice, but does he care about her or just need a partner in his cons? He's working out a scam of casinos, gathering intelligence in Atlantic City. The fly in the ointment is his son, Joe Jr., a mentally-challenged young man about to turn 21, aging out of a group home, belligerent as the move to an adult home and his father's lack of contact upset him. Joe Jr.'s counselor insists that Joe take his son for awhile to calm him down and prepare him for the transfer. Can a mentally-challenged, unloved kid make his way with grifters? Can a father discover new emotions? What about scamming the casinos? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

When you're this good luck has nothing to do with it.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,000,000, 9 January 2009

Gross USA:

$10,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The dice/card moves used in this movie were all shown to the cast by a real life dice mechanic by the name of "Fast Jack" he is one of the last true card and dice mechanics living today! See more »

Goofs

Joe is on the phone with his bookie and names a horse in the "late night double" and bets a $50 "box". There are no box bets in a (daily) "double", and any wager that can be"boxed" requires more than one horse. See more »

Soundtracks

Smile of the Young
Performed by S. Lewis and J. Mullen
Written by Steven Louis Infante
Produced by James Mullen
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True to life, feel good film.
17 May 2009 | by mcwhammerSee all my reviews

This movie is killer. Tom Guiry is spot-on, playing Chazz Palminteri's (Yonkers Joe) mentally challenged son, Joey. The two have been separated for years (With Guiry in a group home), yet he still loves his father all the same. Eventually, Guiry begins acting out at the home, with an explosive temper, and he is forced to move back in with his father. I like movies featuring with big heist themes, as well as films where the "good guys" win. In this film, Yonkers Joe has made a career of swindling people at the card table, and he just needs to roll a few more trick plays to afford a better future for his son. The acting in Yonkers Joe is tremendous, with Tom Guiry easily pulling off his role. His character alone makes the film, and the director doesn't sugarcoat Joey's genetic disease in any way. It's an emotional ride, with a great ending, and I would recommend it to anyone.


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