Washington Heights Poster

Release Date: May 9th, 2003

DVD Release Date: November 4th, 2003

R|1 hr 20 min

Plot Summary
In New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood, Carlos (Manny Perez) is a comic book artist who dreams of making it big downtown and leaving his old stomping grounds behind. Already struggling to make an impact on the scene, Carlos' plans are further delayed after his father, Eddie (Tomas Milian), the owner of a bodega, is shot in a robbery attempt. Forced to take over the business while his father recovers, Carlos must now become involved in the community he so desperately wants to escape.

Cast: Tomas Milian, Manny Perez, Danny Hoch, Andrea Navedo, Jude Ciccolella, Bobby Cannavale, David Zayas, Judy Reyes

Genres: Drama

Keywords: New York City, Girlfriend, Father, Gritty, Escape, Emotional, 2000s, Best friend, Growing up, Underdog

Ratings & Reviews

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  • De Villa's debut film is persuasively written and acted, if a tad rougher around the edges than one might wish. show more

  • Buoyed by strong performances from Perez and Miami-resident Milian, Washington Heights overcomes the familiarity of its premise through its passion and conviction. show more

  • Made in a forthright, unfancy style and utilizing a cast of born naturals, Washington Heights deftly draws parallels between father and son's complicated relationship and the tensions that pulse through this predominantly Dominican American community. show more

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