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A Guide to Recognizing your Saints (2006)

Original Title : A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
Director : Dito Montiel
Writer : Dito Montiel
Genre : Crime
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Rene Bastian , Lucy Cooper , Charlie Corwin , Robert Downey Jr. , Jonathan Elias , Alex Francis , Amanda Mackey Johnson , Clara Markowicz , Linda Moran , Bobby Sager , Peter Sahagen , Sting , Trudie Styler , Travis Swords
Music : Jonathan Elias
Jimmy Haun
David Wittman
Photography : Eric Gautier
Distributor : Alta Films
MPAA Rating : Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality, and drug use.
IMDB ID : 0473488
Official site : http://www.firstlookstudios.com/guide
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Starring

Dianne Wiest Flori
Robert Downey Jr. Dito
Shia LaBeouf Young Dito
Melonie Diaz Young Laurie
Julia Garro Diane
Eleonore Hendricks Jenny
Adam Scarimbolo Guiseppe
Peter Anthony Tambakis Young Nerf (as Peter Tambakis
Channing Tatum Young Antonio
Anthony Tirado Street Corner Puerto Rican
Erick Rosado Puerto Rican Van Driver
Steve Payne Beach Chair Guy (as Steven Payne
Chazz Palminteri Monty
Tibor Feldman Teacher
Martin Compston Mike O'Shea
Marc Castle Drunken Man in Subway
Steven Randazzo Token Clerk (as Stephen Randazzo
George DiCenzo Uncle George (as George Di Cenzo
Olga Merediz Aunt Mary
Teresa Kelsey Newscaster (as Teresa Anne Kelsey
Sammy Rhee Korean Shop Owner
Jermel Wilson Yup Yup
Michael Rivera Reaper
David Castro Reaper's Little Brother
Federico Castelluccio Antonio's Father
Anthony DeSando Frank the Dog Walker (as Anthony de Sando
Scott Michael Campbell Nerf (as Scott Campbell
Rosario Dawson Laurie
Kyle Benitez Laurie's Son
Iraida Polanco Old Woman
Gilbert Cruz Queensbridge Bodega Man
Eric Roberts Antonio
Chance Kelly Prison Guard
Angela Frye Woman in Subway Station (uncredited
Yetta Gottesman Prison Visitor (uncredited
Glenn Kalison Yuppie Man (uncredited
Chris Nunez Gang Member (uncredited
Jeff Skowron Bookstore Clerk (uncredited
 

Plot

Dito, a writer in L.A., goes home to Astoria, Queens, after a 15-year absence when his mother calls to say his father's ill. In a series of flashbacks we see the young Dito, his parents, his four closest friends, and his girl Laurie, as each tries to navigate family, race, loyalty, sex, coming of age, violence, and wanting out. A ball falls onto the subway tracks at a station, small things get out of hand. Can Dito go home again?
 

Comments

Powerful and heartfelt look at an often violent past, 29 August 2006 Author: James Sims from Los Angeles, CA I recently saw a screening of "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" without any prior knowledge of the subject matter or cast, which I am beginning to believe might be the best idea before seeing many of the smaller films out there. Reminiscent of "Goodfellas" and "Kids," a gritty coming-of-age story that packs a powerful punch with star Shia LaBeouf delivering a heart- breaking performance. This film is not to be missed and should be a strong contender come awards season. Director and writer Dito Montiel obviously draws from the likes of Martin Scorsese as he paints Queens, New York in a light only familiar to those who grew up deep in the heart of it. "Saints" elicits both tears and laughter, often within moments of each other while keeping the audience on the edge of their seats the entire time. Topping off this walk down memory lane, Montiel incorporates a stellar soundtrack mostly from the 70',s, which feels right even though most of the story takes place in the mid 80',s.
 
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