God's Pocket

God's Pocket

Director: John Slattery

Cast: John Slattery, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks

     
 

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John Slattery's feature directorial debut, an adaptation of Pete Dexter's first novel, God's Pocket stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Mickey Scarpato, who lives in the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of God's Pocket with his wife Jeanie (Christina Hendricks), a lifelong resident of the Pocket, and his stepson Leon (Caleb Landry Jones). Young Leon works at aSee more details below

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John Slattery's feature directorial debut, an adaptation of Pete Dexter's first novel, God's Pocket stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Mickey Scarpato, who lives in the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of God's Pocket with his wife Jeanie (Christina Hendricks), a lifelong resident of the Pocket, and his stepson Leon (Caleb Landry Jones). Young Leon works at a construction site, and one day his overt racism and all-around unlikability lead to his murder at the hands of a co-worker (the entire crew claim it was a workplace accident). Mickey, always down on his luck financially, has to scrape together enough money to pay combative funeral-home owner Jack Moran (Eddie Marsan) for the service his grieving wife wants for her boy. He talks his best friend Bird (John Turturro) into betting on a horse he has a tip on, and Bird goes along with the scheme in order to pay off his own debts to a local gangster named Sal Cappi (Domenick Lombardozzi). Watching over this rough-and-tumble community is newspaper columnist Richard Shellburn (Richard Jenkins), who writes poetic pieces about the dignity of the locals while remaining continually soused and on the prowl for attractive young women he can sleep with. He visits Jeanie to profile her dead son, and she confesses to him that she doesn't think his co-workers are telling the truth about what happened.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
A multiple Emmy nominee for his work on Mad Men, actor John Slattery makes his feature directorial debut with God's Pocket, an adaptation of award-winning author Pete Dexter's first novel. As expected from a seasoned performer moving behind the camera, Slattery gets superb work from his cast; with top-shelf talents like Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, and Richard Jenkins, he fashions a confident and promising first film. Hoffman stars as Mickey Scarpato, who lives in the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of God's Pocket with his wife Jeanie (Christina Hendricks), a lifelong resident of the Pocket, and his stepson Leon (Caleb Landry Jones). Young Leon works at a construction site, and one day his overt racism and all-around unlikability lead to his murder at the hands of a co-worker (the entire crew claim it was a workplace accident). Mickey, always down on his luck financially, has to scrape together enough money to pay combative funeral-home owner Jack Moran (Eddie Marsan) for the service his grieving wife wants for her boy. He talks his best friend Bird (Turturro) into betting on a horse he has a tip on, and Bird goes along with the scheme in order to pay off his own debts to a local gangster named Sal Cappi (Domenick Lombardozzi). Watching over this rough-and-tumble community is newspaper columnist Richard Shellburn (Jenkins), who writes poetic pieces about the dignity of the locals while remaining continually soused and on the prowl for attractive young women he can sleep with. He visits Jeanie to profile her dead son, and she confesses to him that she doesn't think his co-workers are telling the truth about what happened. Slattery, who co-wrote the movie with Alex Metcalf, is far more interested in these characters than the plot, and he captures them in all of their complicated glory. They are uneducated, but not stupid. They comprehend the meaninglessness of their lives, yet they're still proud of who they are and where they come from. The opening voice-over lets us know that this is a violent, hardscrabble neighborhood where men steal, fight, and make peace over a beer at one of the two local bars. It's the kind of place where newcomers, no matter how long they stay, are never fully trusted. This fact seals the intertwined fates of outsiders Mickey and Richard. Hoffman is typically fantastic. He's played losers before, and Mickey is a guy who knows that he won't win every time, but hopes that he can win enough to get by. As he has in the past, Hoffman uses his formidable bulk and physicality to own the screen. He also gets the single funniest scene, in which he has to explain to his wife why her son's corpse was in his refrigerated truck. Jenkins goes into full hangdog mode for much of the movie, but the character's alcoholism curdles it into something that comes close to revulsion -- he's rarely played someone so unlikable, even though he's just as engaging as ever. Slattery often provides the comic relief on Mad Men, and he's laced this script with laughs that offset the quiet sadness and desperation that permeate this very American tale of knowing your place. If he doesn't transition to a full-time acting career in the movies, God's Pocket proves that he can assemble a peerless cast, give them first-rate material, and produce a compact and efficient film that's deep without being pretentious.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2014
UPC:
0030306938592
Original Release:
2014
Rating:
R
Source:
Ifc Independent Film
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
31,921

Special Features

Commentary with co-writer/director/producer John Slattery; Deleted scenes; TV spot; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philip Seymour Hoffman Mickey Scarpato
Richard Jenkins Richard Shellburn
Christina Hendricks Jeanie Scarpato
John Turturro Arthur "Bird" Capezio
Glenn Fleshler Coleman Peets
Caleb Landry Jones Leon Hubbard
Eddie Marsan Smilin' Jack Moran
Domenick Lombardozzi Sal Cappi
Peter Gerety McKenna
Molly Price Joanie
Bridget Barkan Joyce
Arthur French Lucien 'Old Lucy' Edwards
Joyce Van Patten Aunt Sophie
Jack A. O'Connell Mole Ferrell
Jack O'Connell Mole Ferrell
Bill Buell Ray
Rebecca Kling Fat Pat
David Apicella Priest
Michael Drayer Danny
Prudence Wright Holmes Eleanor
Eddie McGee Petey Kearns
Joe Reiver Driver
Dave Powers Worker 1
Morgan Auld Worker 2
Jonathan Gordon Gary
Luis Bordoy Man in Car
Matthew Lawler Officer Arbuckle
Daniel Mastrogiorgio Officer Eisenhower
Christopher McCann Brookie Sutherland

Technical Credits
John Slattery Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Lance Acord Cinematographer,Producer
Stephen X. Apicella Asst. Director,Co-producer
Roshelle Berliner Production Designer
Jackie Kelman Bisbee Producer
Sam Bisbee Producer
Frank Brenner Executive Producer
Dean Devlin Executive Producer
Theodora Dunlap Co-producer
Erika Hampson Co-producer
Philip Seymour Hoffman Producer
Susan Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Kamine Executive Producer
Bob Kelman Executive Producer
Nathan Larson Score Composer
Nicolas Locke Art Director
Michael Mailis Executive Producer
Tom McArdle Editor
Alex Metcalf Screenwriter
Sara Murphy Co-producer
Wendy Neu Executive Producer
Galt Niederhoffer Executive Producer
Bill Perry Executive Producer
Ann Porter Executive Producer
Stefan Sonnenfeld Executive Producer
Tom Valerio Executive Producer
Donna Zakowska Costumes/Costume Designer
Emily Ziff Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- God's Pocket
1. Opening Credits [6:56]
2. Green Truck [8:46]
3. Feeling Much Better [6:08]
4. God's Plan [7:13]
5. Yellow On Tuesday [7:04]
6. Only Child [7:27]
7. Please Come In [8:35]
8. Sorry For Your Loss [7:55]
9. Letters Everyday [6:57]
10. Another Accident [7:35]
11. In the Paper [8:41]
12. Ending Credits [5:16]

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