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Staten Island (Little New York) (2009)



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The lives of a septic tank cleaner, an ambitious mob boss, and a deaf-mute deli worker converge in tragedy in this seriocomic crime drama from director/screenwriter James DeMonaco. Blue collar by birth, Sully Halverson (Ethan Hawke) has never amounted to much in life. When Sully finds out he's about to become a father, he schemes to rob Parmie Tarzo (Vincent D'Onifrio), a small-time kingpin who's looking for a way to leave his mark on the world. By saving Staten Island Forest, Parmie surmises, he can mold an upstanding public persona for himself while quietly eliminating the competition behind closed doors. That's where Jasper Sabiano (Seymour Cassel) comes in. Seymour may not be able to hear or speak, but he's a hard worker who knows where his bread is buttered. When he's not serving up bagels and coffee, Jasper is dispatching bodies for Tarzo -- frequently in Staten Island Forest. But lately Jasper has been growing tired of the game, and he's desperate to find a way out. When Sully sets his plan into motion, all three men find themselves thrust into a volatile situation that threatens to destroy their plans for the future as it quickly spirals out of control. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for violent content and language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: James DeMonaco
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On DVD: Dec 22, 2009
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Ethan Hawke
as Sully Halverson
Seymour Cassel
as Jasper Sabiano
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Parmie Tarzo
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (6)

DeMonaco deserves credit for wanting to do something different. But what starts out as a witty tweak on tired mobster movies eventually collapses into those very same clichés.

Full Review… | November 20, 2009
New York Daily News
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The tonal idiosyncrasies may grate early on but things coalesce nicely until the whole thing starts to resemble a diverting short story.

Full Review… | November 20, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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If Staten Island, New York is an ode to what it calls "the forgotten stepchild of Manhattan," it is a barbed and quirky one.

Full Review… | November 20, 2009
New York Times
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Best is D'Onofrio as a gangster turned environmental activist -- he puts on a white three-piece suit, climbs to the top of a gigantic tree and refuses to come down.

Full Review… | November 20, 2009
New York Post
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Throughout, first-time director DeMonaco shows a predilection for white-hot patches of lighting, squeezed close-ups, and actor overindulgence.

Full Review… | November 17, 2009
Village Voice
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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Staten Island (Little New York)


I loved the non-linear story, kudos to the first-time director to making it work. Unfortunately the movie suffers from bad acting (despite some star power) and cringe-worthy dialog, but the unconventional story makes it worthwhile.

Gabriel Knight

Unusual mob movie that doen't stay within the bounds of the typical mob flick, which wont appeal to the masses. Seymour Cassel steals the spot light as a deaf mute butcher with a heart. Love those glasses Vincent.

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FilmGrinder Stone

From the cover, this came off like it was gonna be a serious movie, but was really closer to a comedy. It wasn't terrible, but I feel like they packaged it wrong or something. I was expecting 'the sopranos' or something. Dinofrio, hawk...and the other old guy all get the thumbs up. The movie was off-kilter and in general, I think, just barely missed the target...but I guess good try?

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