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Yonkers Joe (2008)

  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 567 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 9 January 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 101 min
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Yonkers Joe (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Yonkers Joe (2008)
  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 567 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 9 January 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 101 min
  • Filming Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Gross: $8,286(USA)
  • Director: Robert Celestino
  • Stars: Chazz Palminteri, Michael Lerner and Nate Bynum
  • Original Music By: Chris Hajian   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Character Name In Title

Writing Credits By:

  • Robert Celestino (written by)

Known Trivia

    Plot: Family life gets in the way of a con man's search for the perfect scam. Full summary » |  »

    Story: Yonkers Joe hustles, setting up schemes to cheat at cards and dice. He has a girlfriend, Janice, but does he care about her or just need a partner in his cons? He's working out a scam of casinos, gathering intelligence in Atlantic City. The fly in the ointment is his son, Joe Jr., a mentally-challenged young man about to turn 21, aging out of a group home, belligerent as the move to an adult home and his father's lack of contact upset him. Joe Jr.'s counselor insists that Joe take his son for awhile to calm him down and prepare him for the transfer. Can a mentally-challenged, unloved kid make his way with grifters? Can a father discover new emotions? What about scamming the casinos?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Kerry Barden known as associate producer
    • Jim Click known as co-executive producer
    • Fred David known as co-producer (as Fred David)
    • Richard DiPatri known as line producer
    • John Gaughan known as executive producer
    • J. Todd Harris known as co-executive producer
    • Phil Ivey known as executive producer
    • Robert H. Moretti known as co-producer
    • Matt Othick known as executive producer
    • Trent Othick known as producer
    • Chazz Palminteri known as executive producer
    • Vincent Schettler known as co-executive producer
    • Illya Trincher known as co-producer
    • Joey Whitacre known as associate producer
    • Bill Wortman known as co-executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Chazz Palminteri known as Yonkers Joe
    • Michael Lerner known as Stanley
    • Nate Bynum known as Technician
    • Frank John Hughes known as Tom Vincent
    • Christine Lahti known as Janice
    • Patrick Hughes known as Polo Shirt
    • Lauri Johnson known as Hammer
    • Roma Maffia known as Irene Santini
    • Tom Guiry known as Joe Jr.
    • Michael Rispoli known as Mickey
    • Linus Roache known as Teddy
    • John 'Fastjack' Farrell known as Fitz (as John 'Fast Jack' Farrell)
    • Michael A. Rizza known as Poker Player #2 (as Michael Rizza)
    • Anthony Tarantola known as Heavy #1
    • Rusty Meyers known as Committee Man
    • Saverio Guerra known as Bam
    • Arthur J. Nascarella known as Dino (as Arthur Nascarella)
    • Tom Cassell known as Stickman
    • Charlie DiPinto known as Boxman
    • Bill Allison known as Pit Boss (as William Allison)
    • Dean Marrazzo known as Casino Manager
    • Chad McKnight known as Simon
    • Bonnie Joy Ashley known as Pit Boss (uncredited)
    • Lanette Fugit known as Barfly (uncredited)
    • Shana Golden known as Lucky High Roller (uncredited)
    • Corinna Harney known as Shampoo Girl (uncredited)
    • Paul Joseph known as Security Guard (uncredited)
    • Anthony Mingilino known as Dice Player (uncredited)
    • Steven Christopher Parker known as Neil (uncredited)
    • Bob Pepper known as Dice Player (uncredited)
    • Roy C. Peterson known as Himself (uncredited)
    • Delia Sheppard known as Barfly (uncredited)
    • Heather Sullivan known as Counter Girl (uncredited)
    • Charlie Talbert known as Micheal (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Martin Astles known as makeup effects sculptor
    • John Paul Barron known as assistant makeup artist
    • Chris Gallaher known as special makeup effects supervisor: Drac Studios
    • Jennifer Gerber known as key makeup artist
    • Jim Knell known as production photographer: Drac Studios
    • Keleigh Lippert known as key hair stylist
    • Keleigh Lippert known as makeup department head
    • Harvey Lowry known as director of operations: makeup effects department
    • Laura Markert known as assistant makeup artist
    • Mark Nieman known as key special effects makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Shellia D. Bailey known as set dresser
    • Jason Cronburg known as on-set dresser
    • Carl Mazaros known as property master
    • Amy R. Murphy known as leadman
    • Maston O'Neal known as carpenter
    • Renato Raposo known as leadman
    • Renato Raposo known as set dresser
    • Bradley Rau known as swing (as Brad Rau)
    • Giovanni Tartaglia known as assistant property master




    Production Companies:

    • GO Productions
    • Trent Othick Productions

    Other Companies:

    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • EMS Payroll  extras payroll
    • Final Note Productions  music editorial
    • Goldman & Associates  local extras casting
    • Hollywood Script Research  clearances
    • Legacy Recording Studios  music recorded at
    • Media Services  payroll
    • Murphy PR  publicity
    • Pacific Title and Art Studio  titles
    • Rich King Casting  extras casting
    • Soundtrack  adr facility
    • Todd-AO Studios  post-production sound services (as Todd-AO)
    • Truman Van Dyke Company  insurance (as Truman Van Dyke)


    • Magnolia Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
    • HD Net (2009) (USA) (DVD)
    • Magnolia Pictures



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Drac Studios
    • Pacific Title and Art Studio (visual effects)

    Visual Effects by:

    • John Campuzano known as visual effects coordinator
    • Mark Freund known as visual effects supervisor
    • Phillip Hoffman known as visual effects producer

    Release Date:

    • USA April 2008 (Tribeca Film Festival)
    • USA June 2008 (Waterfront Film Festival)
    • USA July 2008 (Traverse City Film Festival)
    • USA 26 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
    • USA November 2008 (Starz Denver Film Festival)
    • USA 7 January 2009 (TV premiere)
    • USA 9 January 2009
    • USA 19 May 2009 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for language including sexual references



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. rjb351 from United States
      31 Mar 2012, 12:06 am

      YONKERS JOE is a great addition to the tradition of independent NewYork centered films. Twelve years in the making, its story of amid-level professional gambler and his adult son with Down's Syndromewas compelling and skillfully played. Chaz Palminteri keeps yourattention throughout the story, and Tom Guiry (The BlackDonnellys)deserves recognition for a convincing performance of a youngman coping with Down's.

      The story covers familiar ground with lots of nice twists and details.Technically very clever on the skills required to take on a moderncasino security system. Believable from beginning to end.

      Support this film when it comes out for release. Wonderful performancesby Palminteri, Christine Lahti as his patient and clever love interestand a solid character cast including Michael Lerner,Roma Maffia, ArthurNascarella and many familiar TV series faces. Any father/son should seethis movie. You will laugh and learn, and be wiser at the end.

      Support Tribeca!!

    2. mcwhammer from United States
      31 Mar 2012, 12:06 am

      This movie is killer. Tom Guiry is spot-on, playing Chazz Palminteri's(Yonkers Joe) mentally challenged son, Joey. The two have beenseparated for years (With Guiry in a group home), yet he still loveshis father all the same. Eventually, Guiry begins acting out at thehome, with an explosive temper, and he is forced to move back in withhis father. I like movies featuring with big heist themes, as well asfilms where the "good guys" win. In this film, Yonkers Joe has made acareer of swindling people at the card table, and he just needs to rolla few more trick plays to afford a better future for his son. Theacting in Yonkers Joe is tremendous, with Tom Guiry easily pulling offhis role. His character alone makes the film, and the director doesn'tsugarcoat Joey's genetic disease in any way. It's an emotional ride,with a great ending, and I would recommend it to anyone.

    3. Matthew Messina from Tucson, AZ
      31 Mar 2012, 12:06 am

      This is a fantastic film. The performances are engaging andOscar-caliber. The characters express so much more through theirexpressions than words ever could.

      While this was made independently, it doesn't give the look or the feelof an independent movie. Every performance is spellbinding,particularly those of Christine Lahti, Chazz Palminteri, and ThomasGuiry.

      The supporting cast is outstanding as well. Every character has apurpose and plays it to perfection. The relationship between father andson is examined in a different, yet honest environment.

      I hope everybody will search out this movie. It is truly phenomenal.

    4. Elieberman-1 from United States
      31 Mar 2012, 12:06 am

      This is a great film with some really exceptional performances. Icaught the film at TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL in April and like manyaudience members was intrigued to find out that actor Tom Guiry didn'thave Down Syndrome. He was very believable in the role of Joe Jr andChazz Palminteri and Christine Lahti were also amazing. The gamblingscenes were different than anything I have seen before and were verysuspenseful. The film also was full of emotion which left some audiencemembers in tears at the end. In the Q and A with Director BobCelestino, audience members were very enthusiastic about what they hadseen and asked many questions that the director answered graciously.Someone asked if this story was based on someone as the director justlooked at them and smiled which was kind of a mysterious way to end theQ and A. A great film. Go see it.

    5. wolf-172
      31 Mar 2012, 12:06 am

      I saw this film at the premiere at Tribeca and was genuinely moved.It's a great father/son story set in the unique world of card and dicehustlers. I'll keep this review somewhat brief and just comment on afew areas that I thought were great (although there are several morethan what I posted)

      Cast-Chaz Palmentari was PERFECT as Yonkers Joe. It would have beeneasy for him to just play the gangster role that he's sometimes castas, but instead, he gives the character of Yonkers depth. Tom Guiry wasjust as strong as Yonker's son, Joe Jr. Add in to that Michael Lerner,Christine Lahti and Linus Roache and you've got an all-star cast. Verynice work here.

      Script-I always enjoy films that take me into a life that I'm notfamiliar with and in this area, Yonkers delivers. The dice moves, thecard moves, the way a whole crew infiltrates and takes down a game, andof course, a climatic heist. But it's important to note that thisaspect of the film is not generic. You can tell writer/director RobertCelestino not only knows this world, but is passionate about it. Add tothis a very moving father/son story centering around a young man withdown syndrome and you've got a great script.

      Direction-From the opening shots, the film stared to draw me in. Atfirst, it feels like we're a fly on the wall in this world which is atreat since it's a world I have never seen so authentically depicted ina film before. Another element I really enjoyed was how the look forthe film progressed from dark to light – kind of a metaphor about howYonkers opens up as the film progresses. Very nice touch.

      This film is solid from the opening shot. The examination of the cardand dice world draws you in right away. Then the father/son storycomplicates Yonker's life as well as the rest of the film. If you'relooking for a good indy film that's unique, authentic, and touching,Yonkers Joe is for you.

    6. yogagalCO from United States
      31 Mar 2012, 12:06 am

      I saw this film last night @ the Starz Denver Film Festival. My husbandand I decided to see it @ the last minute after hearing rave reviewsfrom a festival volunteer who had been to a screening earlier in theday. We were intrigued, having lived in Yonkers for 3 years and it isalways a treat to see a film and meet the director afterwords @ the Qand A. We were not disappointed. The above comments do a good job ofdescribing the film. Indeed, the viewer is drawn into the lives ofthese characters and it is refreshing to see a true Indie film asopposed to a big budget, Hollywood extravaganza. The acting isgreat-you will recognize many of the actors from more high profilefilms/TV. The lead, Guiry, was most recently a star of the ill-fated TVseries "The Black Donneleys. The film has scenes in four cities:Yonkers, Atlantic City, Miami and Las Vegas. It is especiallyinteresting to see Vegas from the point of view of a "regular" gambleras opposed to the highly glamorized view the film-goer gets from an"Oceans Eleven," for example. Christine Lahti is amazing in this film.Support independent film-making in the U.S. and go see it when it comesout!

    7. Jeff Beachnau (beachna9@gmail.com) from Omena, Michigan
      31 Mar 2012, 12:06 am

      I saw this at the Waterfront Film Festival in Saugatuck, Michigan.

      Yonkers Joe stars Chazz Palminteri as the title character, a great conartist who makes a lot of money from working the tables at casinos. Heand his girlfriend Janice (Christine Lahti) have a pretty good life.But then Joe gets a call from an institution telling him that his sonJoe Jr. (Tom Guiry) who has Down's Syndrome is being disruptive thereand thus must be taken out. Joe doesn't know how to take care of hisson and this new change in his life is ruining a lot of his plans andways of making money. Over time, the father and son try to live witheach other while at the same time try to help each other out.

      This film had a great cast. Palminteri was wonderful as Yonkers Joe, aconflicted and confused parent who doesn't know how to take care of histroubled son. Lahti is a delight trying to play the role of the onethat hopes to ease the tension and make Joe Jr. feel like he's welcome.And Tom Guiry is excellent and very believable as Joe Jr. Someone afterthe screening even asked the director if the actor who played Joe Jr.really had Down's Syndrome. Guiry gives a lot of depth to thecharacter, making Joe Jr. both entertaining and emotional.

      There are many clever moments throughout the film, all of the con actsare fun to watch. The dialogue is well written and the plot unravelsnicely. The scenes in Las Vegas are also very well shot in all of thedifferent locations.

      With a talented cast and crew, Yonkers Joe is a great and enjoyablefilm that people she really look out for.

    8. (SILVIO@BLACKCOUGAR.COM) from United States
      31 Mar 2012, 12:06 am

      I'm not kidding, I'm seriously speaking from the heart now. I went to aspecial screening of Yonkers Joe in Manhattan not to long ago. Thelights went out, the movie began, I had a full tub of popcorn. My eyeswide open we're fixed on the screen as I placed popcorn in my mouth onekernel at a time. From the first frame to the last I was transfixedinto the World of Yonkers Joe. Chazz Palminteri totally blew me awaywith his performance. The gambling scenes we're down right amazing,then Yonkers Joe's son came into the picture and it took the story toanother level. Tom Guiry plays the son with Down Syndrome, ChristineLahti is Joe's girlfriend, Michael Lerner, Linus Roache, MichaelRispoli and Roma Maffia round off this stellar cast. I'm truly excitedto see this film again when it's released in January. Kudos to allinvolved, a great film and a must see.

    9. (bilgerat99) from United States
      31 Mar 2012, 12:06 am

      This movie's plot revolves around a small gang as it prepares itself totake on the Casinos. As a counterpoint, a simultaneous plot evolvesinvolving a very difficult father-son relationship. The two interwovenplots, like a piece of contrapuntal baroque music, result in a richtextured film that never bogs down.

      Where "Ocean's 11" may epitomize the star-studded Hollywood con movieand "21", the real-life story adaptation, this wonderful Indie filmcarves out it's own territory. Believable, informative and veryenjoyable.

      A fine and successful effort by all involved, with special kudos to TomGuiry for a truly remarkable performance.

    10. dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York
      31 Mar 2012, 12:06 am

      Chazz Paminteri stars as a gambler who is trying to come up with a wayto score a big mount of money from the casinos in Atlantic City andVegas when he's informed that his mentally challenged son not only hita fellow resident in his hospital, but will be turning 21 which meansthat he will have to be sent elsewhere. Great performances byPalminteri , Christine Lahti and Thomas Guiry highlight this smallindependent film. yes the gambling plot is contrived and doesn't alwayswork, but the scenes between the father and the son are damn nearperfect and I can only assume that the smallness of the production wasthe reason that they never got noticed. Worth a look if you want to seegreat acting a movie that doesn't always work, but which has momentsthat really do.

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