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The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone (2009)

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  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Filming Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone (2009)


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  • IMDb page: The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone (2009)
  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 259 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Filming Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Director: James Quattrochi
  • Stars: William Forsythe, Tony Danza and Dayanara Torres
  • Original Music By: Jerry Deaton   
  • Soundtrack: Teach me to forgive
  • Plot Keyword: Punctuation In Title | Character Name In Title

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Tony Luke Jr.  story
  • Jason Noto  writer

Known Trivia

  • Won the 2009 Philly Film Fest.

Plot: After spending 8 years in prison for an unfortunate accident, heavy-weight boxer Joey Nardone returns to a solitary life in Philadelphia… See more »  »

Story: After spending 8 years in prison for an unfortunate accident, heavy-weight boxer Joey Nardone returns to a solitary life in Philadelphia. His time in prison and the opportunity to reflect has changed him. Feeling like a stranger in his own neighborhood and searching for some semblance of normalcy, he takes a job at the boxing gym where he used to work-out. Joey finds comfort in the familiarity of his old friends. But his buddies notice a change in Joey Nardone. Where is the spark and zest for life, once inherent in their pal Joey? Joey, struggling to find meaning in life, meets a 14 yr. old Puerto Rican kid named Jesus, who is repeatedly beaten up by the neighborhood bully. The kid, not used to kindness from strangers, has no time for Joey. Life is hard for Jesus, a scrawny boy, who is not only dealing with his peers picking on him at school, but he also has an alcoholic, abusive father to contend with at home…Written by James Quattrochi  


Synopsis: Tony Luke, Jr. stars as Joey Nardone, an out-of-shape boxer, who after 8 years in prison for an unfortunate accident leaves prison and gets a shot at redemption by fighting for one young boy’s future – 14 year old Jesus. Joey and Jesus begin a relationship that gives them both a new and inspired life with a purpose: to only "fight for the right." [D-Man2010]

After spending almost a decade in prison, boxer Joey Nardone (Tony Luke Jr.) is no longer in fighting shape. All that changes when he meets teenage Jesus; Joey becomes the boy’s champion, giving him a reason to train and fight. [D-Man2010]


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Jeff Baustert known as associate producer
  • Nick Chandler known as associate producer
  • Oliver Coltress known as associate producer
  • Lynn Eastman-Rossi known as producer
  • Tony Luke Jr. known as executive producer
  • Jason Pinardo known as co-producer
  • James Quattrochi known as producer
  • Raymond Rastelli known as executive producer
  • Leo Rossi known as producer
  • Alan Saretsky known as co-producer
  • Flo Speakman known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • William Forsythe known as Massimo
  • Tony Danza known as Chickie
  • Dayanara Torres known as Amelia
  • Leo Rossi known as Petey
  • Billy Gallo known as Hugo
  • Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini known as KC
  • Stink Fisher known as Malone
  • Robert Bizik known as Boxing Manager
  • Tony Luke Jr. known as Joey Nardone
  • William James Kelly known as Police Detective
  • Patrick McDade known as Bar Tender
  • Joe Pistone known as HiFi
  • Charles Pendelton known as Trainer
  • Hunter Gallagher known as Paddy
  • Sal Mazzotta known as Bruno
  • Gilbert Soto known as Park Pedestrian
  • Dean Marrazzo known as Police officer
  • Cindy Engle known as Bar patron
  • Sid Hammond known as Doctor
  • Ken Myers known as Boxing fan
  • Jennifer Gall known as Female Boxer in Gym
  • Joseph A. Reilly known as Boxing promoter
  • Paul Weaver known as Detective
  • Roman Maldonado known as Punk #1
  • Kimberly Whittaker known as Patient
  • Peter Cordova known as Prison convict #1
  • Toni Romano known as Heaven
  • Nick Chandler known as Surgeon
  • Loni LiPuma known as Hospital Mother
  • Joseph Tornatore known as Bar Bouncer
  • Paul Orrantia known as Jesus
  • Jose L. Penaranda known as Ghetto funk resident
  • Dave Bullis known as Bar Patron
  • Martin Cepeda Jr. known as Punk #2
  • Joe Conklin known as Ring Announcer
  • Stephen LiGambi known as Deli manager (as Steve LiGambi)
  • Joe LaBarbera known as Corner man
  • Mita Heble known as Witness
  • Cruz Cordero known as Background Boxer
  • Hugh Douglas known as Prison Guard
  • Richard Hidlebird known as Bus Driver
  • Lauren Bertoni known as Nurse
  • Tamara Anderson known as Female Officer
  • Tino D. Valentino known as Bus Passenger (as Tino Quezada)
  • Geoffrey Hurowitz known as Hippie Boxer
  • Helene A. Masiko known as Rosalita (as Helene Masiko-Crews)
  • Skip Denenberg known as Photographer
  • Eric Andre Nielsen known as Boxing Fan
  • Emily Sullivan known as Caroline Marsh
  • Leo Loiacono known as Carnez
  • Mike Luce known as Prisoner
  • Jim Saltouros known as Mr. Marsh
  • Brianna Lucidonio known as Young girl in bodega
  • Joey Eye known as Trainer
  • Robert Sassi known as Man at nurses station
  • Alfonso Filippone known as Prisoner
  • Alfred Di'Como known as Alfred Gym Patron
  • Keith Adams known as Coroner's Assistant (uncredited)
  • Steven Carey known as Tough Guy (uncredited)
  • Kaleina Cordova known as Girl Playing in Park (uncredited)
  • Rhonda Lynn Jones known as Spectator (uncredited)
  • John Mitchell known as Drunken Man Walking (uncredited)
  • Denise Lynch Murter known as Bar Flirt (uncredited)
  • David M. Sitbon known as Spectator (uncredited)
  • Will Souders known as Angered Patron (uncredited)
  • Teddy Valdes known as Thug (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • April Chatman-Royce known as makeup department head
  • April Chatman-Royce known as special makeup effects artist
  • Lisa DelleChiaie known as hair stylist
  • Amanda Leahy known as assistant makeup artist
  • J. Christopher Polito known as assistant makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Ed Bajor known as leadman
  • Ed Bajor known as property master
  • John Coe known as set dresser
  • Dwyer Kilcollin known as props fabrication
  • Nicki Venera known as set dresser




Production Companies:

  • 2nd Generation Films

Other Companies:

  • Atlantic Cine Equipment  technocrane
  • AudioKut Digital Post  sound post-production (original score mix)


  • MTI Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Mti Home Video
  • Peacock Films (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Sky Cinema (2010) (Germany) (TV)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Matt McFarland known as digital intermediate colorist
  • Shawn P. Mitchell known as visual effects artist

Release Date:

  • USA 3 August 2009 (TV premiere)
  • USA 8 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 20 April 2010 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for language, violence including some domestic abuse, and brief sexuality



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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1 Comment

  1. btjohnny from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 2:13 pm

    No Spoilers ahead…. Was on hand to see and enjoy "The Nail:The Storyof Joey Nardone" in Philly today and without giving anything away, ithits all the marks as a powerful little character study. Philly's sonTony Luke Jr. has acted in some movies but now he takes lead in amoving tale of a down and out ex-con trying to live his life withdignity and regret. A former Golden Gloves champ who did his eightyears of hard time, Joey moves into the old neighborhood (changed intoa horrible ghetto) and wants to return the old gym and help out hisbest friend Pete (Leo Rossi doing a fine turn as the world weary cornerman). His next door neighbor is a monster lowbrow who beats his wifeand teen son, Jesus. Joey saves Jesus from a scuffle with a nasty trioof local bullies, and they soon make a friendship. Joey finds a reasonto grow as a person through teaching his young ward self defense.

    "The Nail" is not a boxing movie, but "the sweet science" is a lessonin real life, and Joey is the teacher. He still has a lot to learn, andthe audience goes along with the story as if they are hanging on thecorner in South Philly, watching the world go by. This movie is as hardedged as any great classic from the 70's like "Mean Streets", nopunches pulled. I have to say, the punch of this movie is crossing asentimental street parable with brutal reality.

    Director James Quattrochi from the Bronx brings his street sense toPhiladelphia. With a low budget, and a passion for the tone of goodfilm makers like John G. Avidson and Martin Ritt, he makes this anengrossing film on all levels. Producers Luke and Rossi are pouring itall out with casting locals and newcomer Paul Orrantia (a realtalent)as Jesus. Tony Danza and Ray 'Boom Boom" Mancini in support togive the movie spice and ring credit. William Forsythe as a goodhearted goombah is welcome anywhere he goes. The star of the movie isTony Luke and he is as real as a cheese steak and cheeze-whiz. It's asmuch fun as watching Howard Stern play himself in "Private Parts".

    The down side is that "The Nail" does not give its audience credit forthe story flaws. The bad guy is never punished or questioned byanybody, and why isn't Joey living the life of an ex-con (no paroleofficer?). But if you can get past the budget and some script issues,you still will walk away satisfied. More to come for this team ofprofessional indie-movie makers (and I hope soon). A technical KO!

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