Staten Island (Little New York) 2009

Staten Island

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After learning that his girlfriend is expecting their first child, blue-collar Sully (Ethan Hawke) decides to rob local mob boss Parmie Tarzo (Vincent D'Onofrio). Tarzo, whose campaign to save Staten Island Forest serves as a front for his illegal activities, relies on Jasper (Seymour Cassel) to make his enemies disappear. But Jasper, a deaf-mute deli worker, is growing old and wants out of his dangerous job. Sully's plan sets off a chain of events that quickly gets out of hand.

Cast & Crew

Ethan Hawke
Sully Halverson
Lynn Cohen
Dr. Leikovic
James DeMonaco
Screenwriter
Jason Kliot
Executive Producer
Joana Vicente
Executive Producer
Frédéric Verrières
Original Music
Chris Norr
Cinematographer
Christel Dewynter
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Beth Bowling
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Critic Reviews for Staten Island (Little New York)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (6)

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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 clichs.

    November 20, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The tonal idiosyncrasies may grate early on but things coalesce nicely until the whole thing starts to resemble a diverting short story.

    November 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If Staten Island, New York is an ode to what it calls "the forgotten stepchild of Manhattan," it is a barbed and quirky one.

    November 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    November 20, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Throughout, first-time director DeMonaco shows a predilection for white-hot patches of lighting, squeezed close-ups, and actor overindulgence.

    November 17, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Staten Island (Little New York)

  • Jun 09, 2011
    Ethan hawe overacts really badly in his stuff here, one of three glimpses into life of staten island, and of course connected to each other in some way. it does give a glimpse at that island across the river from manhatten, which is brought up as lot in this film, and how its sometimes forgotten part of new york. the three tales are okay, with some sparkle, but overall despite everything, it doesent fully come together, but enjoyable it is
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2010
    Good movie but couldve been way better without the mobster in the tree.Ridiculous
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2009
    PLOT: The film tells the story of 3 characters from different walks of life, who all intersect with each other unknowingly. First off there is Parmie Tarzo a mob boss, played by Vincent D'Onofrio. He wants nothing more than to be famous. Next we have Sully a septic tank cleaner, played by Ethan Hawke. He wants his unborn child to be a genius. Then we have Jasper, a deaf mute butcher, played by Seymour Cassel. He works as the mobsters butcher, hacking people up. After we meet all the characters and see a small glimpse of their lives, the story unfolds to show how they eventually connect with each other. I have to say this film was a bit strange and unusual, but in a good way. It's listed as a crime, drama film but I found it to be more comical than anything. The story line was interesting enough and all 3 actors played their characters very well. D'Onofrio's character was a bit off the wall but that seems to be the case in all the roles he plays.
    Amanda . Super Reviewer

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