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God's Pocket (2014)

R | | Crime, Drama | 8 August 2014 (UK)
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A blue collar worker tries to cover things up when his stepson is killed in a suspicious accident, but a local reporter senses that something's amiss.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jeanie Scarpato
... Mickey Scarpato
... Smilin' Jack Moran
... Leon Hubbard
... Mole Ferrell
... Ray
... Fat Pat
David Apicella ... Priest
... Joyce
... Danny
... Eleanor
... Petey Kearns
... Joanie
... Arthur 'Bird' Capezio
... Sal Cappi


When Mickey's crazy step-son Leon is killed in a construction 'accident', nobody in the working class neighborhood of God's Pocket is sorry he's gone. Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body, but when the boy's mother demands the truth, Mickey finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle between a body he can't bury, a wife he can't please and a debt he can't pay. Written by I.F.C. Films

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The only thing they can't forgive is not being from ... God's Pocket


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language throughout and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 August 2014 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Accident à God's Pocket  »

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Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,400, 11 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,401, 16 May 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$400,194, 24 August 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leon's body was NOT in the casket when Mickey and Smiling Jack were having a beer. That was the body of an older woman in a pink dress. See more »


Throughout the movie, modern vehicles can be seen parked and driving in the background. See more »


Arthur 'Bird' Capezio: [the power went down] What the fuck?
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


Can't Find My Way Home
Written by Steve Winwood
Performed by Blind Faith
Courtesy of Polydor Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Offbeat and atmospheric.
18 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

John Slattery's feature film debut is a competent if small-scale effort. Faithfully adapted from the 1983 novel of the same name, it is an enjoyable snapshot into a dark lower Philadelphia Neighbourhood.

What is obvious is the affection for the source material. The film differs little from Pete Dexter's book, and is better for it. The sometimes lethargic pace is livened by some genuine surprises, and there is always that all important sense of atmosphere.

If there was ever an actor who knew not how to overact, it was Philip Seymour Hoffman. In his penultimate appearance, he and Christina Hendricks both deliver an underplayed performance as the central couple, allowing the rest of the ensemble the more colourful scenes.

It is not without it's faults. The story is told over a period of three days, and it is perhaps for that reason that it sometimes feels episodic. The whole film plays like one of Slattery's self- directed episodes of Mad Men. The ending does not escape the clichés typical of its genre. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining watch, a promising debut, and another sad reminder of why Philip Seymour Hoffman will be missed.

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