Staten Island (Little New York)


Staten Island (Little New York)

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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, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Staten Island (Little New York)

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

    Nov 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.

    Nov 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.

    Nov 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.

    Nov 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.

    Nov 17, 2009 | Full Review…
  • An invigorating, lively and captivating crime drama boasting a terrific cast, sharp dialogue and just the right amount of dark comic relief.

    Nov 22, 2009 | Rating: 7.75/10 | 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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