Little New York

August 5th, 2009


Little New York

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The lives of three residents of New York's Staten Island intersect as they struggle to get ahead.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.9/10 (3,103 voted)

Director: James DeMonaco

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Seymour Cassel

The lives of three residents of New York's Staten Island intersect as they struggle to get ahead.

Ethan Hawke - Sully Halverson
Vincent D'Onofrio - Parmie Tarzo
Seymour Cassel - Jasper Sabiano
Julianne Nicholson - Mary Halverson
Ian Brennan - Tree Man
Lynn Cohen - Dr. Leikovic
Bill Cwikowski - Manny the Cashier
J.D. Daniels - Vet
Rosemary De Angelis - Gianina Tarzo
Dominic Fumusa - Giammarino
Michael Hogan - Bill Quinlan
Dominic Marcus - Chainsaw Man #2
Ken Marks - Land Owner #1
Adrian Martinez - Officer Rodriguez
Larry Mitchell - Cop #1


Official Website: Europa Corp. [France] | Official site |

Release Date: 5 August 2009

Filming Locations: Alpine, New Jersey, USA

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Factual errors: A scene near the beginning has Vincent D'Onforio driving and music is playing The Closed Caption says it is The Temptations singing "Smiling Faces". The song was originally recorded by The Temptations in 1971. Producer Norman Whitfield had the song re-recorded by The Undisputed Truth the same year, resulting in a number-three Billboard Hot 100 position for the group. "Smiling Faces" was the only Top 40 single released by the Undisputed Truth, and was included on their debut album The Undisputed Truth. The version heard on the movie is by The Undisputed Truth.

User Review

Pretty Good

Rating: 7/10

A septic tank cleaner Sully (Hawke) wants his unborn child to have a genius IQ; a mobster boss Tarzo (D Onofrio) wants to become truly famous; and Jasper (Cassel), a deaf mute butcher, plays the horses and does dirty work for Tarzo. When their paths collide, nothing will ever be the same.

This starts out like it's going to be a comedy of sorts telling all about the forgotten New York Borough, Staten Island, and that the mob lives there and they also bury their victims there and you chuckle a little. Then the real movie starts and be prepared for a little gore. It is not a comedy. However, near the end, it does become somewhat comedic and you will chuckle again.

There is some gore in here and although you may not see all of it, your mind's eye will and you will squirm a lot. Of course, I chose to look away anyway. Hey, I have to sleep at night.

The acting performances are all good and the pace keeps you tuned in because you are not sure how things will play out. I must say that I become more impressed with Ethan Hawke with each movie. He is more than good. He delivers. When he gets scared, I get scared too. See?

Pretty good for a small budget movie.

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Yes.


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