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A Most Violent Year (2014)

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A Most Violent Year is a movie starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, and David Oyelowo. 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 »

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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
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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

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The result is never in question, just the path you take to get there. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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30 January 2015 (USA)  »

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$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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2.35 : 1
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According to J. C. Chandor, the point of the title is these people trying to live in "their most violent year." See more »

Goofs

When the young salesman comes to in the back of the truck his briefcase is next to him. In subsequent scenes the briefcase is nowhere to be seen. See more »

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Abel Morales: When it feels scary to jump, that is exactly when you jump, otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life, and that I can't do.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Me and the Blues
Written & Performed by Ray Bryant
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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A Most Violent Year - Good but no cigar !!
12 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

First of all let me just say, if IMDb allowed 0.5 votes, this would probably get a 6.5 from me. Where to begin with this one ? Well it's shot well, the cast nail the parts, but from start to finish you are waiting for the film to come to life, and unfortunately it just never does.

Some people will appreciate this film much more than others, but for me it was average at best. The main reason we all watch films and television, is to be entertained, and unfortunately with A Most Violent Year, it feels like we have been left wanting.

You never really get to appreciate 1980s New York, a couple of panoramic skylines don't really cut it. With a bit more substance to the story, better visuals & some period music, this film could & should have been much better.

Sausage1


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