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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.


John Slattery


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


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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Did You Know?


John Slattery (the film's writer & director) & Christina Hendricks starred as lovers together in Mad Men (2007). See more »


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 »


[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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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


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The reason to watch is the acting. It's pretty good but you have to be in the mood for it otherwise it will be a struggle.
7 September 2014 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"Until recently you only had to die once in this city, even if you came from God's Pocket." Mickey Scarpato (Hoffman) is the step-father to a kid that no one in the city really likes. The son gets killed at work one day but no one will tell the truth about what happened. This doesn't bother Mickey and he is ready to bury him right away but his wife and the boys mother demands the truth. Mickey does what he can to find out what happened but between finding out the truth, trying to make his wife happy and finding a way to pay for the funeral things begin to pile on top of him. When his wife turns to news reporter Richard Shellburn (Jenkins) for additional help things really begin to spiral out of control. This is a tough movie to review. I did think the movie was good and tense but did move very slow and was hard to stay focused on. The acting was great and this was very realistic but again though the pacing made it hard to stay engrossed in. Hoffman did a great job of playing someone who seemed lost and under an immense amount of stress and Jenkins was great as a sleazy reporter. The number one reason to watch this is for the acting. The movie itself, again, is pretty good but it is one you have to be in the mood for otherwise it will be a struggle to make it through. Overall, a movie that is worth seeing if you are in the mind set for it. It's too bad that Hoffman died because he is great in roles like this. I give it a B-.

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Release Date:

8 August 2014 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Yonkers, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,482, 11 May 2014

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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