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A Most Violent Year (2014)

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In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 15 wins & 50 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Abel Morales
... Julian
... Anna Morales
... Toll Booth Attendant
... Louis Servidio
... John Dominczyk
... Andrew Walsh
... Joseph Mendelsohn
... Moishe Mendelsohn
... Beat Cop (as Chester Jones)
... D.A. Lawrence
... Arnold Kline
... Barber Jimmy O.
... Annie Morales
... Deputy Lange


A crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. Written by Production

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


New York City 1981, a dangerous time to build an empire. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jc3  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$188,000, 2 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,749,134, 26 April 2015
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The musical score was composed by Alex Ebert, who previously collaborated with director J.C. Chandor on All Is Lost (2013). See more »


In the opening scene where the Standard Heating Oil truck pulls up to the toll gate, cars in the interchange lanes can be seen that are modern day models. See more »


Anna Morales: I told you. I wasn't gonna continue to stand around and let these people come and get me and my children. Unlike you, who seems to be completely comfortable just standing around like some fucking pussy, I decided to do something about it.
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Featured in Film '72: Episode #44.2 (2015) See more »


Me and the Blues
Written & Performed by Ray Bryant
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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A Most Excellent Movie
8 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

A gritty story of a man who tries to ethically compete in a world that is cutthroat, dishonest and throws a complexity of problems at him. The performances are stellar, the conflict not just violence, but about a businessman who will not give up on his dream or ambition. He fights to keep his business and to maintain his integrity in a world that seeks to destroy it.

This film is a this tense drama that reveals a decaying New York City in which heating oil is like gold, so though the city is disintegrating, the need for oil is not....the energy boom is on. The characters are complex and the conflict engrossing and realistic. We view the lives of working class people that are depicted without sentimentality. The focus is an immigrant who, a self-made man, cannot be easily un-made. His wife is just as strong as he is, savvy and ambitious in her own way.

A must see!

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