The Yards 2000

The Yards

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

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After serving time in prison for taking the fall for a group of his friends, Leo just wants to get his life back on track. So he goes to the one place he thinks will be safe -- home. There he takes a new job with his highly connected and influential uncle. But in the yards, where his uncle now pulls the strings, safe is not how they do business. Unwittingly, he's drawn into a world of sabotage, high stakes payoffs and even murder.

Cast & Crew

Mark Wahlberg
Leo Handler
Joaquin Phoenix
Willie Gutierrez
Charlize Theron
Erica Stoltz
James Caan
Frank Olchin
Ellen Burstyn
Val Handler
Faye Dunaway
Kitty Olchin
Chad Aaron
Bernard Stoltz
Andy Davoli
Raymond Price
Steve Lawrence
Arthur Mydanick
Tony Musante
Seymour Korman
Jonathan Gordon
Executive Producer
Matt Reeves
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Bob Weinstein
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Critic Reviews for The Yards

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (35)

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

    August 5, 2008
  • I can't remember when a film so well-acted and so well-rendered visually was also so oppressive to sit through.

    April 27, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A sensitive, intelligent and ambitious variation on the traditional going-straight story.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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    April 25, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Self-consciously elegiac, The Yards is a slow-burning but meticulously crafted family melodrama posing as a thriller.

    December 2, 2002 | Full Review…
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    May 8, 2001 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The Yards

  • Apr 15, 2012
    Very long with a lot of interesting characters, the film as a whole isn't anything new
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2010
    Mark Wahlberg makes this movie rise to the top. After getting out of prison, he tries to stay clean but gets caught up in trouble cause by his cousin. All takes place in NYC subway abd train yards. Excellent story, little action but lots of suspense. 5 Stars is not enough,
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2010
    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?
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  • Sep 09, 2009
    Well I can't be odjectively, because I'm biased (Joaquin Pheonix My favorit actor) but Yards it's a powerful movie an experience that won't startle or surprise you but will satisfy your need to see good actors at work.
    Arianeta L Super Reviewer

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