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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Yonkers Joe
... Stanley
... Technician
... Tom Vincent
... Janice
Patrick Hughes ... Polo Shirt
... Hammer
... Irene Santini
... Joe Jr.
... Mickey
... Teddy
John 'Fastjack' Farrell ... Fitz (as John 'Fast Jack' Farrell)
Michael A. Rizza ... Poker Player #2 (as Michael Rizza)
Anthony Tarantola ... Heavy #1
... Committee Man
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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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father | son | casino | scam | con | See All (10) »

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

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

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,000,000, 9 January 2009

Gross USA:

$10,000,000
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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 »

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Smile of the Young
Performed by S. Lewis and J. Mullen
Written by Steven Louis Infante
Produced by James Mullen
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Great TRIBECA Premier!
25 April 2008 | by See 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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