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Night at the Golden Eagle (2002)



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A pair of elderly career criminals may have ended their old lives before they can start a new one in this streetwise drama. Tommy (Donnie Montemarano) and Mic (Vinnie Argiro) are a pair of aging wiseguys who used to work on the fringes of the New York mob. Now in their mid-sixties, Tommy has just been sprung from prison after spending seven years behind bars, and Mick has offered to put him up at his place -- a room in a seedy Los Angeles flophouse called the Golden Eagle, which is overrun by junkies, streetwalkers, and bums with no where else to go. While Tommy's been in stir, Mick has been living the straight life; he's gotten a legitimate job, quit drinking, stopped doing business with prostitutes, and has saved up enough money that he and his best friend can head to Las Vegas and start new lives with real jobs there. However, Tommy isn't so sure he wants to live quite so clean, especially on his fight night out of the joint. Tommy meets another resident of the Golden Eagle, Amber (Natasha Lyonne), an attractive young woman who happens to be a hooker. Not having been with a woman for seven years, Tommy is eager to retain Amber's services, but Amber is working for Rodan (Vinnie Jones), a brutal and short-tempered pimp. Tommy's treatment of Amber manages to anger Rodan, and now Mick and Tommy have to get away from the pimp if they have any hope of getting to Las Vegas (and out of Los Angeles) alive. A low-budget labor of love for director Adam Rifkin, A Night at the Golden Eagle's supporting cast includes James Caan, Ann Magnuson, Sam Moore (of the popular singing group Sam and Dave), Fayard Nicholas (of the legendary dance team the Nicholas Brothers), and Francesca 'Kitten' Natividad.

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James Caan
as Prison Warden
Fayard Nicholas
as Mr. Maynard
Sam Moore
as Sylvester
Miles Dougal
as Desk Clerk
Badja Djola
as Gabriel
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Critic Reviews for Night at the Golden Eagle

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

One just waits grimly for the next shock without developing much attachment to the characters.

May 2, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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These are textbook lives of quiet desperation.

Full Review… | April 29, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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Never decides whether it wants to be a black comedy, drama, melodrama or some combination of the three.

April 26, 2002
New York Post
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The director seems to take an unseemly pleasure in [the characters'] misery and at the same time to congratulate himself for having the guts to confront it.

April 26, 2002
New York Times
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Another in-your-face wallow in the lower depths made by people who have never sung those blues.

April 26, 2002
Top Critic

A modest pleasure that accomplishes its goals with ease and confidence.

Full Review… | April 25, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Night at the Golden Eagle


[img][/img] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Tommy and Mic are a couple of old friends who have spent as much time out of jail as they have in it. They devise a plan to get out of the city and start their lives anew in Las Vegas; however, Tommy, who was recently released from jail, kills a prostitute. Will this ruin their chance of rebuilding their lives?[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Meanwhile, within the same hotel, Loriann is a 15 year old who has rebelled against society and her parents. Loriann’s devious behavior lands her in the arms of a man named Rodan. Loriann is promised the world by Rodan, but as his promises unfold, Loriann finds herself training to become a prostitute.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“He cut some guys dick off.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“Why?”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“I don’t know.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Adam Rifkin, director of Tale of Two Sisters, The Invisible Maniac, Detroit Rock City, Without Charlie, Look, and Homo Erectus, delivers Night at the Golden Eagle. The storyline for this film is original and unique. The doom and gloom aspects of this picture are interesting and the scenarios play out well, but the pace of this film was a bit methodical and frustrating at times[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“…15 years old, never been touched by human hands and fresh from the suburbs…”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman]Night at the Golden Eagle is a film that IMDb compared to Requiem for a Dream. It is unfortunate that anyone would think that this film is anywhere close to being in the same league as Requiem for a Dream. Nevertheless, this film does star Vinnie Jones, who I am a big fan of. This film is worth watching, but nothing overly special. I would not recommend adding this to your DVD collection. [/font][/color][/size] [size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman][/font][/color][/size][font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“Go mop out the booth.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Grade: C[/color][/size][/font]

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Every character in the film wants to talk about how hot it is. Then Rifkin decides we need to see lots of closeups of beads of sweat dripping off their faces. The film looks old. I was surprised to see it was made in '02 because it is aged, shot in sepia like antique photos. There's also a lot of stylistic cinematography, not quite to the level of Pi, but getting there. Nothing about this plot is positive, none of the characters are redeemable; they're all caught in a pathetic cycle of modernity. By the end, the night claims the last example of innocence left on-screen. This is an interesting film for anyone who is exploring themes of decadence. It's very sad and depressing, though, so be forewarned. B-

Chad Mustin
Chad Mustin

Has an interesting visual appeal and ever-present gritty quality, but I feel like there's something missing whenever I watch it. I do appreciate being thrust into the middle of a story, though, and the casting was decent.

Charlotte F
Charlotte F

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