Night at the Golden Eagle

Overview

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 Mick (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, ...
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Overview

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 Mick (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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Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind the scenes; Director commentary; Interviews with director and cast
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This astonishingly effective indie, shot with a smeared palate of intense reds and yellows, is infused with noir-like sweaty heat, both literally and figuratively. Three parallel stories about losers and dreamers are told in an arresting script that engages the mind and a kinetic visual style that grabs the eye. Outstanding performances by newcomers Donnie Montemarano (who served 11 real-life years in prison for racketeering), Vinny Argiro, and Nicole Jacobs are bolstered by beyond-the-call-of-duty work by Ann Magnuson, Vinnie Jones, and Natasha Lyonne. Cameos by James Caan and Russ Meyer-favorite Kitten Natividad don't hurt either. There are some things here you've never seen -- an innocent young girl losing her virginity on her first night as a prostitute comes to mind -- but nothing is so far-fetched that it can't be accepted for absolute reality. Everyone makes the most of the hardworking script that explores society's underbelly without arrogance or condemnation. This is serious cinema, but it can appeal to much more than the usual art-house crowd.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • UPC: 025192297120
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Screen Media
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 96,043

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vinny Argiro Mic
Donnie Montemarano Tommy
Vinnie Jones Rodan
Natasha Lyonne Amber
Ann Magnuson Sally
Nicole Jacobs Loreli
James Caan Warden
Fayard Nicholas Mr. Maynard
Sam Moore Sylvester
Sam Moore Sylvester
Francesca 'Kitten' Natividad Ruby
Miles Dougal Desk Clerk
Badja Djola Gabriel
Technical Credits
Adam Rifkin Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Spring Aspers Musical Direction/Supervision
Tyler Bates Score Composer
Steve Bing Producer
Steve Bowerman Sound/Sound Designer
Mynka Draper Costumes/Costume Designer
Mindy Marin Casting, Executive Producer
Lisa Perkins Co-producer
Morgan Sackett Executive Producer
Peter Schink Co-producer, Editor
Checco Varese Cinematographer
Sherman Williams Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Out of the Joint [8:25]
2. The Surprise [7:04]
3. We Were Kings [5:27]
4. Tommy's Trick [4:04]
5. Mick Returns [8:43]
6. The First Lesson [5:05]
7. Lending Cash [9:53]
8. Come and Go [6:05]
9. God Sees Everything [10:06]
10. Not Going Back [8:10]
11. Starting Over [9:49]
12. Credits [4:29]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary: On
      Director's Commentary: Off
      Behind the Scenes
      Interviews With Director and Cast
      Filmographies
         Adam Rifkin
         Steven Bing
         Vinnie Jones
         Vinny Argiro
         James Caan
         Natasha Lyonne
         Ann Magnuson
         Sam Moore
         Kitten Nitividad
         Fayard Nicholas
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