The Yards (2000)



Critic Consensus: Featuring strong performances and direction, The Yards is a richly textured crime thriller with an authentic feel.

Movie Info

An ex-con struggles to make a clean life for himself, but his job in a Queens, New York subway rail repair yard embroils him in corruption and murder.

Rating: R (for language, violence and a scene of sexuality)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: James Gray, Matt Reeves
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 10, 2001
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as Leo Handler

as Willie Gutierrez

as Erica Stoltz

as Frank Olchin

as Val Handler

as Kitty Olchin

as Paul Lazarides

as Seymour Korman

as Arthur Mydanick

as Raymond Price

as Bernard Stoltz

as Manuel Sequiera

as Hector Gallardo

as Albert Granada

as Nathan Grodner

as Elliot

as Officer Jerry Rifkin

as Parole Officer

as Orderly

as Contract Officer

as Sal Disipio

as Executive One

as Detective Tommasino

as Detective Boulett

as Queensborough Police...

as Baseball Celebrity

as Basketball Celebrity

as Young Doctor

as Well Dressed Man

as Young Italian Man

as Hospital Cop

as Police Officer

as Police Officer

as Officer No. 1

as Officer No. 2

as Policeman No. 1

as Todd's Girlfriend

as Dante's Girlfriend

as Councilman

as Laywer

as News Anchor No. 1

as News Anchor No. 2

as News Anchor No. 3
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Critic Reviews for The Yards

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (34)

An On the Waterfront wannabe, directed with a heavy portentousness that smothers the drama in a thick sauce of self-importance.

Full Review… | August 5, 2008
Top Critic

I can't remember when a film so well-acted and so well-rendered visually was also so oppressive to sit through.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

A sensitive, intelligent and ambitious variation on the traditional going-straight story.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is so choked with its own solemnity that it barely musters the energy to tell a story.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

How "The Yards" shifts toward crime drama through character rather than pure plot is hard to disclose without divesting twists. Inspired by real-life scandal, James Gray lets personal insight color Shakespearean shenanigans of privilege, panic and power.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010

Sem medo de evocar comparações com "O Poderoso Chefão", Gray cria um filme repleto de personagens ambíguos e uma forte atmosfera de tristeza e desesperança moral.

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Yards

There's nothing more dangerous than an innocent man.

Great Film! "The Yards" invites you to taste corruption and to witness an imposed morality and then slyly allows you to resolve its escalating entanglements. The acting by the ensemble cast is outstanding. All the players capture the essence of the New York middle class gestalt beautifully. Mark Wahlberg delivers a somber but resolute character trapped in a vortex of graft and corruption. His performance is understated yet powerful. James Caan is one of the best at playing the small-time racketeer and he nails it again with his portrayal of the dirty dealing supplier. Joaquin Phoenix also shines as Willie, giving him a macho personality and the ability to rationalize any act according to his own code of morality. The cast includes Faye Dunaway, Ellen Burstyn and Charlize Theron in strong supporting roles. Nothing else to say, simply watch it whenever you have the chance. You won't be disappointed.

In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big contractors; he's battling with a minority-owned firm for contracts. Willie Gutierrez, Leo's best friend, is Frank's bag man and heads a crew of midnight saboteurs who ruin the work of the Puerto Rican-owned firm. Leo needs a job, so Willie pays him to be his back-up. Then things go badly wrong one night, a cop IDs Leo, and everyone now wants him out of the picture. Besides his ailing mom and his cousin Erica, to whom can Leo turn?

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Bored the hell out of me. Was not that bad, I guess, if you like these type of crime family stories, but really wasn't in the mood to watch it and it failed to grab my attention. Dark and dingy in the filming, too.
Good cast, acting is fine.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

This movie started out a little slow, but it got interesting quickly enough. I am really starting to become an fan of Joaquin Phoenix. I enjoy watching him act. Really hope he decides to act again. Mark Wahlberg was great. Once the story gets going it holds your attention. Really liked the movie and its action. Thought everyone was great. Little weirded out with Mark and Charlize relationship since they are suppose to be cousins in the movie. But it explains it later on in the movie. But all in all a really good movie.


Super Reviewer

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