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Yonkers Joe (2008)

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Family life gets in the way of a con man's search for the perfect scam.


Robert Celestino





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


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


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 »


In the first casino scene, the Wheel of Fortune progressive amount goes down twice. See more »


One Way Ticket
Performed by Danny Timmes
Written by Ron Finn (BMI) and Thomas Barquee (ASCAP)
Published by Dangerous Water Music (BMI) and Barkawitz Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Dangerous Water Music
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Great TRIBECA Premier!
25 April 2008 | by rjb351See all my reviews

YONKERS JOE is a great addition to the tradition of independent New York centered films. Twelve years in the making, its story of a mid-level professional gambler and his adult son with Down's Syndrome was compelling and skillfully played. Chaz Palminteri keeps your attention throughout the story, and Tom Guiry (The Black Donnellys)deserves recognition for a convincing performance of a young man coping with Down's.

The story covers familiar ground with lots of nice twists and details. Technically very clever on the skills required to take on a modern casino security system. Believable from beginning to end.

Support this film when it comes out for release. Wonderful performances by Palminteri, Christine Lahti as his patient and clever love interest and a solid character cast including Michael Lerner,Roma Maffia, Arthur Nascarella and many familiar TV series faces. Any father/son should see this movie. You will laugh and learn, and be wiser at the end.

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Release Date:

9 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Йонкерс Джо See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,073, 11 January 2009

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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