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The Yards

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Director: James Gray, Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron

Cast: James Gray, Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron

 

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In this drama, a young man joins the family business without knowing that he's entering a world of danger and deceit. Hot-headed Leo Handler (Mark Wahlberg) has had some scrapes with the law and served time for a crime he didn't commit. Hoping to get his life back on track, he takes a job in the New York subway yards, secured by his Uncle Frank (James Caan), who has a

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In this drama, a young man joins the family business without knowing that he's entering a world of danger and deceit. Hot-headed Leo Handler (Mark Wahlberg) has had some scrapes with the law and served time for a crime he didn't commit. Hoping to get his life back on track, he takes a job in the New York subway yards, secured by his Uncle Frank (James Caan), who has a high-ranking position in the New York Transit Authority. The longer Leo works in the yards, the more he realizes that his uncle controls a corrupt underworld where graft, violent reprisals, and even death are just part of the job. Will Leo turn against his family in the name of justice, or will he keep quiet and ignore the danger and lawlessness that surround him? The Yards also features Charlize Theron, Joaquin Phoenix, Ellen Burstyn, and Faye Dunaway. It was director James Gray's first film after his acclaimed debut with Little Odessa.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A melancholy, morally ambiguous study in blue-collar venality, The Yards demonstrates the nature of corruption and its cancerous effect on people who imagine themselves decent. Mark Wahlberg is chilling in the pivotal role of Leo Handler, a young, poorly educated ex-con who needs money to support his sickly mother (Ellen Burstyn). His uncle Frank (James Caan), who runs a business repairing New York City subway trains, wants to help out, and Leo winds up working with his shady best friend, Willie (Joaquin Phoenix), a facilitator around the yards. When a yardmaster is murdered, Leo is implicated, and the law's vise begins to tighten. Director and co-writer James Gray (Little Odessa)whose own father figured in a racketeering scandal, knows intimately the system he's depicting: His characters engage in a conspiracy of silence, tempted to betray each other only by their instinct for self-preservation. They live in a dour, morose world, visualized by Gray in burnished ocher images. Burstyn, Faye Dunaway, and Charlize Theron are exceptional as the women in Leo's life, each resigned to her increasingly desperate position in his shadowy existence. The Yards is neither a vibrant crime film nor a simplistic morality play: It is a stark, realistic, occasionally poignant drama whose characters will etch themselves into your memory.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/03/2015
UPC:
0031398215189
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
7,093

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Leo Handler
Joaquin Phoenix Willie Guitierrez
Charlize Theron Erica Stoltz
James Caan Frank Olchin
Ellen Burstyn Val Handler
Faye Dunaway Kitty Olchin
Chad Aaron Bernard Stoltz
Andrew Davoli Raymond Price
Steve Lawrence Arthur Mydanick
Tony Musante Seymour Korman
Victor Argo Paul Lazarides
Tomas Milian Manuel Sequiera
Robert Montano Hector Gallardo
Victor Arnold Albert Granada
Maximiliano Hernandez bartender

Technical Credits
James Gray Director,Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
Michael Clancy Costumes/Costume Designer
Kyrsten Mate Comoglio Sound/Sound Designer
Jeffrey Ford Editor
Christopher Goode Co-producer
Jonathan Gordon Executive Producer
Kerry Orent Producer
Tom Paul Sound/Sound Designer
Matt Reeves Co-producer,Screenwriter
Judy Rhee Art Director
Gary Rydstrom Sound/Sound Designer
Dana Sano Musical Direction/Supervision
Harris Savides Cinematographer
Howard Shore Score Composer
Kevin Thompson Production Designer
Paul Webster Producer
David Wechsler Asst. Director
Nick Wechsler Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Yards
1. Welcome Home Leo [10:14]
2. Electric Rail Corp [4:21]
3. Club Rio [6:59]
4. Rendezvous [7:30]
5. Sabotage [4:43]
6. Aftermath [8:58]
7. A Tough Situation [9:04]
8. Turn Of Events [8:00]
9. Wanted Man [11:06]
10. Deal With It [7:26]
11. No Help [4:17]
12. Visitor In The Night [7:10]
13. Sacrifice [7:02]
14. Leave Me Alone [5:39]
15. Nothing To Worry About [10:42]

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The Yards 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie, I've seen it about a thousand times. It has a great all star cast includeing Mark Whalburg, Faye Dunaway, Charlize Theronand, JAmes Caan and most of all, Joaquin Phoenix, who is so cute in this movie. The acting is great, the story is great, the special features on the dvd are great, and the movie itself will make you laugh, scream, and cry. This is a really wonderfull movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago