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City Island (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 30 April 2010 (USA)
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The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Vince Rizzo
... Joyce Rizzo
... Tony
... Molly
... Vince Jr.
... Vivian Rizzo
... Denise
Hope Glendon-Ross ... Cheryl
... Michael Malakov
... Bruno
... Casting Assistant
Sarah Saltzberg ... Casting Director
... Matt Cruniff
... Tanya
Marianne Ebert ... Ezmalia (as Marianni Ebert)


The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought home by Vince (Garcia), the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private. Written by IMDb Editors

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Truth is stranger than family


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, smoking and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 April 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asuntos de familia  »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,001, 21 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,670,712, 29 August 2010
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


After Michelle Pfeiffer turned down the role of Joyce, Marcia Gay Harden was approached. Like Pfeiffer, the actress responded well to the script, but ultimately decided not to take the part. Had she accepted the role, it would have been her second following Mystic River (2003) that the actress would have inherited from Pfeiffer. See more »


The 'D' on the front of the Ford is missing before the accident; then is there after the accident; then it is missing again. See more »


Vince Rizzo: Did you sleep outside last night?
Vince Jr.: No, no, no. I did heroin with a bunch of prostitutes at the Plaza Hotel. I'm thinking of becoming a pimp.
Vince Rizzo: Good. I'll see you later.
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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 14 July 2010 (2010) See more »

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A Perfect Film
7 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

It's a rare, exhilarating experience to see a film and not find a single false note within. This is one of the most well written, perfectly acted, impeccably directed movies I have seen in a long, long while. It has the feeling of comforting familiarity, and yet is surprising at EVERY moment, taking your expectations and turning them in the most interesting and unique ways. As the basis for the story has the potential to be unbelievable and over the top, it could have been a disaster in the wrong hands, but very early on you find yourself feeling so 'happy' with what transpires, that you are completely drawn in by the brilliance that's displayed. Achingly funny, and sweet without being cloyingly sentimental, it is an amazing piece of work. I implore you to see it, and tell your friends about it. This is a movie that deserves a wide audience. It is classified as 'quirky', which it most certainly is, but COMPLETELY accessible. In creating the specific world of 'City Island', Raymond De Felitta has given us a touchstone of universal emotions. Secrets, lies, mis-communication, love, and most of all, family. I URGE you to see this film. It is truly special.

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