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Washington Heights (2002)

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Carlos (Manny Perez) is a talented artist who draws comics for a living. He's desperate to move out of his Washington Heights neighborhood. His girlfriend, Maggie (Andrea Navedo) feels more connected to the neighborhood. She's not so eager to leave. Carlos's best friend, Mickey (Danny Hoch), works as a super in the building his father owns, but he dreams of being a professional bowler. He's scheming to raise three grand to enter an open tournament in Las Vegas. Carlos's father, Eddie (accomplished Cuban-born actor Tomas Milian, who starred in Michelangelo Antonioni's Indentificazione di una donna), owns a neighborhood grocery store, and is well-liked in the neighborhood for his friendly way of doing business. Despite his advanced age, he's also a ladies' man, and was so even before Carlos's mother passed away. His philandering ways account for a lot of the tension between father and son. Carlos wants to draw his own comic book, but his boss, David (David Zayas) tells him that while he's got technical ability, his work is soulless. But Carlos's plans for the future are disrupted when Eddie is shot and critically wounded during a robbery at the store. Carlos resentfully takes care of his ailing father, and runs the store until Eddie can go back to work. Carlos's growing understanding of his community, and his father's importance to it, is reflected in his work, and he has a creative breakthrough. Meanwhile, Mickey's moneymaking schemes get him into trouble with Angel (Bobby Cannavale), Maggie's gangster brother. Washington Heights was directed by Alfredo De Villa, who wrote the script with Nat Moss. Novelist Junot Diaz (Drown) wrote additional dialogue. The film was shown at the 2002 Urbanworld Film Festival, and at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival, where it received a Special Mention.more
Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Alfredo De Villa, Nat Moss, Junot Diaz
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On DVD: Nov 4, 2003
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Cast

Danny Hoch
as Mickey Kilpatrick
Jude Ciccolella
as Sean Kilpatrick
Manny Hoch
as Mickey
Jaime Tirelli
as Guillermo
Michael Hyatt
as Michelle
Josh Stamberg
as Dr. Field
Denia Brache
as Flirting Woman
Ann McDonough
as Mary Kilpatrick
Gloria Irizarry
as Senora Marquez
Gary Perez
as Comic Store Owner
Michelle Zangara
as Overnight Woman
Yvette Mercedes
as Female Tenant
Luis Jiménez
as Radio DJ
Moon Shadow
as Radio DJ
Don Juarez
as Congo Player
Fernando Baez
as Man on Street
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Critic Reviews for Washington Heights

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (19)

A promising debut that makes us anticipate this Columbia University film grad's sophomore work.

Full Review… | July 31, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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Buoyed by strong performances from Perez and Miami-resident Milian, Washington Heights overcomes the familiarity of its premise through its passion and conviction.

Full Review… | July 31, 2003
Miami Herald
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Washington Heights is sloppy and often undernourished, but it convincingly creates a neighborhood throbbing with activity and caring.

Full Review… | July 23, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Deserves a wide audience hungry for sympathetic, three-dimensional people caught up in something bigger than themselves.

Full Review… | July 21, 2003
Denver Post
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Washington Heights may not always be great, but director Alfredo de Villa lights an undeniable fire in the movie's belly.

July 19, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A fine and absorbing film.

Full Review… | July 11, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Washington Heights

Not surprisingly, the film is strongest when its characters are simply hanging out, shooting the breeze and venting their feelings, while moments of high drama fall flat.

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