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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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Details

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

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

Soundtracks

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 Film with Top Performances
14 January 2009 | by Elieberman-1See all my reviews

This is a great film with some really exceptional performances. I caught the film at TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL in April and like many audience members was intrigued to find out that actor Tom Guiry didn't have Down Syndrome. He was very believable in the role of Joe Jr and Chazz Palminteri and Christine Lahti were also amazing. The gambling scenes were different than anything I have seen before and were very suspenseful. The film also was full of emotion which left some audience members in tears at the end. In the Q and A with Director Bob Celestino, audience members were very enthusiastic about what they had seen and asked many questions that the director answered graciously. Someone asked if this story was based on someone as the director just looked at them and smiled which was kind of a mysterious way to end the Q and A. A great film. Go see it.


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