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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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John Slattery

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Peter Dexter (novel), Alex Metcalf (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Hendricks ... Jeanie Scarpato
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Mickey Scarpato
Eddie Marsan ... Smilin' Jack Moran
Caleb Landry Jones ... Leon Hubbard
Jack O'Connell ... Mole Ferrell
Bill Buell ... Ray
Rebecca Kling ... Fat Pat
David Apicella David Apicella ... Priest
Bridget Barkan ... Joyce
Michael Drayer ... Danny
Prudence Wright Holmes ... Eleanor
Eddie McGee ... Petey Kearns
Molly Price ... Joanie
John Turturro ... Arthur 'Bird' Capezio
Domenick Lombardozzi ... Sal Cappi
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Storyline

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

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Accident à God's Pocket See more »

Filming Locations:

Yonkers, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,482, 11 May 2014

Gross USA:

$169,976

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$413,567
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Spain was only released in 2 theaters (Madrid: Artistic Metropol / Barcelona: Cinemes Girona) in subtitled version. See more »

Goofs

Taking place in a Philadelphia blue collar neighborhood, the logo on the door of the police car is the actual one used in Philadelphia, as are the shoulder id patches on the policeman's shirts, but the police car itself, as well as the breast, and hat badges, are obviously NOT of Philadelphia. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard Shellburn: [narrating] The working men of God's Pocket are simple men. They work. They follow their teams. They marry and have children who rarely leave the Pocket. Everyone here has stolen something from somebody else... Or when they were kids, they set someone's house on fire... Or they ran away when they should have stayed and fought. They know who cheats at cards and who slaps their kids around. And no matter what anybody does, they're still here. And whatever they are is what they are. ...
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Connections

References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Fight Song (God's Pocket)
Written by Sam Bisbee and Nathan Larson
Performed by Nina Persson and Carina Round
Courtesy of BAMSAMMUSIC and THE MUSIC OF NATO
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Grim and grungy swansong from Hoffman
14 August 2014 | by davidgeeSee all my reviews

Philip Seymour Hoffman's stepson's dead body is used, not in the best possible taste, as a comic prop, and Eddy Marsan does a funny turn as the undertaker who won't extend Mickey any credit. Turturro's wife runs a flower-shop and proves to be handy with a hand-gun. The comedy is mixed with rough sex scenes and more than one savage beating. As in Nicolas Cage's JOE, GOD'S POCKET delivers visceral violence in a beautifully shot movie with fine performances from its ensemble cast.

Despite the moments of comedy and the pleasingly upbeat coda, the overwhelming mood is grimness and grunge. But this is how people live in today's city slums (1980s Phildelphia looks pretty much the same in 2014), scratching a living, fighting off creditors, killing each other.


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