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R| 1 hr. 41 min.

Plot Summary
Master cardsharp Yonkers Joe (Chazz Palminteri) has a silver tongue and a miraculous ability to take even the most seasoned of gamblers for a ride. As Joe and his new wife, Janice (Christine Lahti), plot to take a heavily monitored casino for millions, Joe's mentally disabled son, Junior (Tom Guiry), is released from a state hospital. When father and son reconnect after years of painful separation, Joe finds himself in a disarming situation in which none of his signature tricks apply.

Cast: Chazz Palminteri , Christine Lahti , Tom Guiry , Michael Lerner , Linus Roache , Michael Rispoli , Roma Maffia , Frank John Hughes

Director: Robert Celestino

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Yonkers Joe (2008)

Release Date: January 9th, 2009|1 hr. 41 min.

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critic reviews (6)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 25
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Yonkers Joe is incoherent, succeeding neither as an exciting gambling ride nor a touching family story. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    An extremely awkward cross between "Ocean's Eleven" and "Rain Man." show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    Lahti burns through a thinly written role with a surprising level of warmth and humanity. show more

  • January 30, 2009 mellkymail
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    The professional reviewers are slap out of their heads. I am so tired of the professional critics and "The Academy" telling me that some endlessly long brooding dimly lit pointless drivel is high art and something that's actually entertaining isn't. I saw this film at a film festival when it first made its debut, and Chazz was there in person at the end, and it was what a movie is SUPPOSED to be - entertaining, easy to watch, and actually worth the price of a ticket, what a concept. The sleight of hand is lightning fast, real, impressive and fascinating and the storyline actually original for a change, and it's engrossing enough to take your mind off the bad news for a while - again, exactly what a film is SUPPOSED to do. If this film is showing in your city, go see it now while you have the chance, since if the critic reviews are any indication, some 3 hour long pointless but highly lauded introspective naval-gazing sepia-toned saga will soon take its place.

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