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St. Vincent (2014)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 24 October 2014 (USA)
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A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.

Director:

Theodore Melfi

Writer:

Theodore Melfi (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Vincent
Melissa McCarthy ... Maggie
Naomi Watts ... Daka
Chris O'Dowd ... Brother Geraghty
Terrence Howard ... Zucko
Jaeden Martell ... Oliver (as Jaeden Lieberher)
Kimberly Quinn ... Nurse Ana
Lenny Venito ... Coach Mitchell
Nate Corddry ... Terry, the Banker
Dario Barosso ... Ocinski
Donna Mitchell ... Sandy
Ann Dowd ... Shirley, Sunnyside Administrator
Scott Adsit ... David
Reg E. Cathey ... Gus
Deirdre O'Connell ... Linda
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Storyline

Vincent is an old Vietnam vet whose stubbornly hedonistic ways have left him without money or a future. Things change when his new next-door neighbor's son, Oliver, needs a babysitter and Vince is willing enough for a fee. From that self-serving act, an unexpected friendship forms as Vincent and Oliver find so much of each other's needs through each other. As Vincent mentors Oliver in street survival and other worldly ways, Oliver begins to see more in the old man than just his foibles. When life takes a turn for the worse for Vincent, both them find the best in each other than no one around them suspects. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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With neighbours like these, who needs family? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including sexual content, alcohol and tobacco use, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

St. Vincent De Van Nuys See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,878, 12 October 2014

Gross USA:

$44,137,712

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,837,234
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Executive producer Don Cheadle and actor Terrance Howard (Zucko) have both played Colonel James Rhodes in the Iron Man films. See more »

Goofs

When Oliver is walking home from school on his first day in his gym clothes after his uniform is stolen, his shoes change from being white tennis shoes in one shot to grayish white basketball shoes in another. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Vincent: So this Irish guy knocks on this lady's door and says, you know, "Have you got any, uh... Any, uh... work for me?" And she says, "Um, well, you now, as a matter of fact, you could paint the porch." 'Bout two hours later, the guy comes back and says, "I've finished, ma'am, but just for your information, it's not a porch, it's a BMW."
[bar patrons stunned]
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Crazy Credits

In Loving Memory of PAUL QUINN See more »

Connections

Features F/X2 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Start a War
Written by Matt Berninger (as Matthew Berninger) and Aaron Dessner
Performed by The National
Courtesy of 4AD Ltd.
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
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Pitch-Perfect, Under-Rated, Wonderful
30 October 2014 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

There is a school of film reviewing which suggests that a film is like a symphony, to review it, don't bother with minutiae, just listen for a false or off-key note, and deduct points accordingly.

By that approach, this film would be a 10 because there are no false notes.

And it is really that good.

The key to these sorts of films is trust your script, trust your actors, and trust the director to simply to give them lead and let them run. Which is precisely what we have here.

The iconic Bill Murray gives his most memorable performance since MEATBALLS -- which, BTW, launched the entire Canadian film industry -- even though it is not actually a comic role. Impressive.

Naomi Watts give her most memorable performance since MULHULLAND DRIVE where, as a glowing young ingénue, she stole scene after scene. She steals here too.

Even Melissa McCarthy, who many consider a scenery-chewer and over-the-top, is wonderfully restrained and actually creates an empathetic character.

Delightful.


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