We Own the Night

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Overview

Set against the backdrop of the bloody battle waged between New York City cops and the Russian mafia in the 1980s, director James Gray's period drama tells the tale of an emerging club manager whose family ties to law enforcement make him a target for the city's most dangerous criminals. Bobby Green Joaquin Phoenix manages one of Gotham's hottest clubs, but being in the club scene often means turning a blind eye to blatant criminal activities. Realizing that his career -- and perhaps his life -- could come to a ...
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Overview

Set against the backdrop of the bloody battle waged between New York City cops and the Russian mafia in the 1980s, director James Gray's period drama tells the tale of an emerging club manager whose family ties to law enforcement make him a target for the city's most dangerous criminals. Bobby Green Joaquin Phoenix manages one of Gotham's hottest clubs, but being in the club scene often means turning a blind eye to blatant criminal activities. Realizing that his career -- and perhaps his life -- could come to a sudden end if anyone discovers that his father, Bert Robert Duvall, is the deputy chief of police and his brother, Joseph Mark Wahlberg, is a rising star on the force, Bobby struggles to keep that sensitive information from everyone except his devoted girlfriend, Amada Eva Mendes. Russian kingpin Vadim Alex Veadov is a ruthless criminal who is willing to permanently silence anyone who dares cross him -- regardless of whether the person is a stranger on the street or a lifelong member of the family. When the Russian mafia declares all-out war against the NYPD, conflicted Bobby is forced to choose between his life of luxury and the family that he has worked so fervently to separate himself from.
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Special Features

Tension: Creating We Own the Night; Police action: Filming cops, cars and chaos; A moment in crime: Creating late '80s Brooklyn; Commentary with writer/director James Gray
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2008
  • UPC: 043396225343
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 33,809

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joaquin Phoenix Bobby Green
Mark Wahlberg Lt. Joseph Grusinsky
Eva Mendes Amada Juarez, Amanda Juarez
Robert Duvall Bert Grusinsky
Antoni Corone Michael Solo
Moni Moshonov Marat Bujayev
Alex Veadov Vadim Mezshinski
Tony Musante Jack Shapiro
Technical Credits
James Gray Director, Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
John Axelrad Editor
Joaquin Baca-Asay Cinematographer
Marc Butan Producer
Michael Clancy Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
James C. Feng Art Director
Joaquin Phoenix Producer
Anthony Katagas Executive Producer
Wojciech Kilar Score Composer
Douglas Murray Sound/Sound Designer
Couper Samuelson Co-producer
Dana Sano Musical Direction/Supervision
Doug Torres Asst. Director
Mike Upton Co-producer
Thomas G. Varga Sound/Sound Designer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer
Mark Wahlberg Producer
Nick Wechsler Producer
Ford Wheeler Production Designer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted November 4, 2010

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    At first, I wasn't sure what to think of this movie as it started out...sex, nudity, and drugs right away. Once the movie got rolling though, I was more engrossed in it...as events unfolded. There are a couple of shocking plot twists throughout the course of this movie, and by the end of the movie I was just like "Wow!" If you like crime dramas, this is definitely worth giving a watch.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Performances are terrible

    Performances were the worst I have seen out of a cast so promising is so terrible and just not good at all. Please don't watch that film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Plot Threadbare from Overuse

    WE OWN THE NIGHT is the quote from the lower portion of the badge on the uniforms of NYPD police family Deputy Chief Bert Grusinsky (Robert Duvall) and one of his two sons Capt. Joe Grusinsky (Mark Wahlberg): the other son Bobby (Joaquin Phoenix) did not follow the family tradition of police work but instead is involved in nightclubs - and yes there is a schism of resentment. Bobby has distanced himself further from his family by changing his last name to 'Green', living with a Puerto Rican girl Amada (Eva Mendes), and bonding to a wealthy Russian family who owns the nightclub where Bobby works - a front for a drug dealing business. Writer/Director James Gray ('The Yards' and 'Little Odessa') has a feel for this underbelly of New York City and captures the 1988 mood of life in the city and beneath the city with style. The problem with the story is that it has been done so many times that it is simply stale yesterday's lunch. Two brothers at opposite end of the family spectrum require a major tragedy to bring them together, and to offer any more information to this fairly thin plot would be a disservice to those who plan to see the film. The cast is strong, partly because each of them has played similar roles countless times and have the ideas down pat. It should be noted that two of the producers of the film are Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix, probably a reason the film was made... There are some exciting moments and enough surprises and tense times to keep the adrenaline rolling, the smaller roles are very well cast, and one of the shining attributes of the film is the gorgeous Russian liturgy inspired musical score by Wojciech Kilar. It is not a bad film it is just too much in the same mold as countless other New York police dramas. Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This Movie is amazing! If you like Sopranos, American Psycho, The Departed, The Godfather, you will love this film. Much like The Shawshank Redemption and Batman Begins, this film made no blockbuster headlines but will soon be a favorite of many people you know.

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