Guide To Recognizing Your Saints

A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints

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Director: Dito Montiel, Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Chazz Palminteri

Cast: Dito Montiel, Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Chazz Palminteri

     
 

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The harsh realities of life on the street merge with the universal themes of youthful pain and exhilaration in director Dito Montiel's telling tale of one boy's struggle to escape the grim fate that awaits his aimless, trouble-minded peers. For most of Montiel's friends, the only means of escaping their bleak surroundings were drugs,

Overview

The harsh realities of life on the street merge with the universal themes of youthful pain and exhilaration in director Dito Montiel's telling tale of one boy's struggle to escape the grim fate that awaits his aimless, trouble-minded peers. For most of Montiel's friends, the only means of escaping their bleak surroundings were drugs, prison, or death. In breaking the cycle and making a name for himself as a filmmaker, Montiel showed that there are ways to overcome the urban malaise that consumed the majority of his friends. He couldn't have done it alone, though, and with this film Montiel pays tribute to those he left behind by bringing their story to the screen so that their struggles may give others in similar situations the courage to pursue a more positive, creative means of overcoming their anger.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2007
UPC:
0687797113696
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Alchemy / Millennium
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Director & editor commentary; Alternate opening & endings; Deleted scenes; Making of documentary; Previews; 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound; Additional never before seen material; Spanish subtitles; Closed captioned

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Downey Dito Montiel
Shia LaBeouf Young Dito
Chazz Palminteri Monty
Dianne Wiest Flori
Channing Tatum Young Antonio
Melonie Diaz Young Laurie
Martin Compston O'Shea, Mike
Eric Roberts Antonio
Rosario Dawson Laurie
Adam Scarimbolo Giuseppe
Eleonore Hendricks Actor

Technical Credits
Dito Montiel Director,Screenwriter
Jody Asnes Production Designer
Rene Bastian Co-producer
Melissa Chusid Casting
Charlie Corwin Producer
Robert Downey Co-producer
Jonathan Elias Score Composer,Co-producer
Alex Francis Associate Producer
Éric Gautier Cinematographer
Sandra Hernandez Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Hunt Sound/Sound Designer
Amanda Mackey Casting,Executive Producer
Clara Markowicz Producer
Linda Moran Co-producer
Jake Pushinsky Editor
Bobby Sager Executive Producer
Peter Sahagen Executive Producer
Sting Executive Producer
Trudie Styler Producer
Travis Swords Producer
Christopher Tellefsen Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
1. Main Titles [6:53]
2. Monty's Throne [7:19]
3. Subway Station [10:02]
4. Graffiti [7:24]
5. Return From Afar [8:17]
6. Memories [8:22]
7. Window-Side Chat [7:02]
8. Reunion [12:25]
9. Long Time, No See [7:26]
10. Revenge [8:27]
11. Torn Apart [7:59]
12. End Credits [3:22]

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A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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It is a great movie for people who like the realistic things in life put in a movie. Not a movie to watch with your children or anyone under 18. Very good movie though. Shia LaBeouf is an excellent actor in this movie, he shows emotions that not many actors can pull off.
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I rented this movie from the video store and I was surprised by how good it was. I liked it so much I even purchased a copy of it. It's full of emotion and drama. It almost makes me cry every time I watch it. It's definately not for anyone under the age of eighteen due to the extreme foul language, drug references, and adult-themed material. I highly recommend it.
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A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS may not be on everyone's list of great films of 2006 but it most assuredly should be. In a time when the bulk of films that come across the marquis are empty headed fluff (with of course notable exceptions), little films like this autobiographical coming of age story in Queens in the 1980s by the accomplished yet very humble Dito Montiel make an initial impact on the viewer, then hang around the psyche with memories of cinematic moments as well as fresh looks at our own lives like few other films can achieve. Dito Montiel wrote his memoir, adapted it for the screen and directed it, each step being a first one for this very talented young man. His story on the surface is simple: a childhood and coming of age of Dito and his friends as they face the crime and drugs and love affairs and deaths of living in the line of poverty. Dito (an astonishingly fine Shia LaBeouf) has a cadre of friends that include Scottish Mike (Martin Compston), crazy Nerf (Peter Anthony Tambakis), firebrand Antonio (Channing Tatum in yet another fiery and sensitive performance), Antonio's unfortunate brother Giuseppe (Adam Scarimbolo), and girls Laurie (Melonie Diaz) and Diane (Julia Garro). The boys face gang trouble with the Puerto Rican gang Reapers, parental abuse as in Antonio's father (Federico Castelluccio), parental love as with Dito's parents Monty (Chazz Palminteri) and Flori (Dianne Wiest). As their world in Queens comes tumbling down with tragic consequences Dito decides to leave for California. And leave he does, not returning for twenty years to the place where he successfully survived a childhood due to the 'saints' he didn't recognize until the father with whom he has not communicated in the interim has reached his end. The past and the present are woven together throughout the film with the flash forward, flash back sequences: the older successful writer Dito is played by Robert Downey, Jr. Antonio (imprisoned for his beating death of the head of the Reapers) is Eric Roberts Laurie now married is Rosario Dawson Nerf now is Scott Michael Campbell: and Dito's parents remain makeup-aged Palminteri and Wiest. It is this blend of the past as revealed by the present that makes Montiel's film work so well. They manner in which he creates the magic of near extemporaneous speech with this amazing cast creates a sense of grit, verismo, and profound love and loss. Conversations such as the ones between little Dito and Monty, between the mature Dito and Flori and Lauri and Antonio - all are minor miracles of writing and acting. Montiel may be a first time director but he has drawn some of the finest work ever from Palminteri, Wiest, Downey, Dawson, Tatum, Roberts and LaBoeuf. For those who have read Montiel's book by the same name, the time Dito spent in East Village and his fame as a Calvin Klein underwear model will seem painfully missing. But Montiel has extracted the essence of a boy growing out of his environment with the help of his unknown saints, condensed the action, and told the story in a magical way - a way that is sure to drive into the gut and heart of every sensitive viewer. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp
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