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Federal Hill (1994)

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70

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 3

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A group of friends from a rough, predominantly Italian-American neighborhood consider their future in surroundings dominated by petty crime in this drama. Nicky (Anthony DeSando) and his pals grew up together in the Federal Hill section of Providence, Rhode Island, where Nicky makes ends meet by dealing cocaine and stealing cars. His best friend Ralphie (Nicholas Turturro), who works in construction, is prone to wild mood swings and has a dangerous penchant for breaking into the homes of local

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Corrente's handling of class divisions (one of the heroes starts seeing a Brown University senior he sells cocaine to) and the body language of the performances keep things fresh.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Producer-director-scripter Michael Corrente manages to bring freshness to basically derivative material in Federal Hill, thanks to a number of excellent performances and some evocative black-and-white images of a world he knows intimately.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Federal Hill is lively and likable, a first film with the kind of swift action, clever dialogue and clear-cut characters that suggest an expert director's touch.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Federal Hill has sincerity on its side and a fair degree of authenticity.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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There is nothing terribly different or exciting about what he shows us; the film is gripping in a conventional, formulaic way.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The movie has a good ear for the way the characters talk, dress, move and live; it's another Italian-American slice-of-life, well acted and directed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Federal Hill is like Scorsese's Mean Streets of Rhode Island, with the same focus on male camaraderie, its merits and its price.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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There are lots of admirable things about Federal Hill, starting with Richard Crudo's sparkling black-and-white cinematography

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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What sets this film apart is authenticity.

April 12, 2004 Full Review
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As a first film this low-budget, semi-autobiographical crime film is polished and has some interesting moves that make the familiar aspects seem a little fresher.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Federal Hill

My initial reaction to this film was not good. I thought it was trying too hard to be arty by being in black and white but still set in the present day (1994). Same reason why I didn't think much of Clerks but I think I am alone with that one and it soon one me over. The characters gain strength in ever frame and the story never stifles. It's got that early 90's hoodlum/gangster style but without the cliches or overused story-lines. It's a great little indie that seems to have flown way under the radar. It's not perfect but I really enjoyed it and glad I stumbled across it recently.
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