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Staten Island (2009)

Ethan Hawke , Vincent D'Onofrio , James DeMonaco  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Seymour Cassel, Julianne Nicholson
  • Directors: James DeMonaco
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: National Entertainment Media
  • DVD Release Date: December 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OVB9YE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,967 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Staten Island" on IMDb

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Sully Halverson (Ethan Hawke) is a septic tank cleaner who is desperate to give his unborn son the chance he never had. Jasper Sabiano (Seymour Cassel) is a deaf-mute deli worker who wants to escape the mobsters that have infiltrated his life and business. Parmie Tarzo (Vincent D’Onofrio), is a local mob boss, who dreams of crushing the competition. All three men live in Staten Island… once their lives intersect, nothing will ever be the same.

Audio commentary with Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and director James DeMonaco
Interview with Vincent D’Onofrio
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An atypical mobster movie with impact June 1, 2010
By Ann
I picked up this movie to begin with, because Vincent D'Onofrio is in it. I ended up loving it, for the plot and the storyline.
The characters, at times, border on being comical; but not in the usual way. What I mean by that is, that life is ironic and the movie mirrors the ironic way that life comes at you. Sometimes all you can do is laugh about it. The movie is full of twists, with a twist ending.
The characters, go through a series of events; that test thier mettle. How they react to the situations that affect them is what makes this movie special.
The performances are all top notch. Ethan Hawke made me sit up and take notice with the honesty of his performance.
Vincent D'Onofrio was excellent as always. Seymour Cassell was able to make you understand his character, though he didn't utter a word. Just awesome. I definitely recommend this movie. Give it a try. I dont think you will be disappointed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Bought it because it stars Vincent D'Onofrio. As usual, he entertains. One of the best actors working today. Where are his awards?
The story is interesting although you have to wait for the layers to be peeled away. The writing is excellent and the actors all turn in solid performances. I particularly liked the scenes with Seymour Cassel as a deaf-mute in which the sounds are muffled or muted completely. Can't think of the last time I cheered for an old geezer with a gun, but I still wonder what exactly he does with the meat?

If you like the dumbed down "entertainment" of Adam Sandler or Mike Meyers, this movie isn't for you. If you enjoy an O. Henry type story with well-acted scenes, pick this one up. If you are one of D'Onofrio's crazed fans, you've already bought it and viewed it 15 times complaining about the stupid PTB at USA network the entire time. . . but don't forget to watch the deleted scenes!
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow in the beginning, but ultimately very good December 20, 2009
Short Attention Span Summary:

This was an "intersecting stories" type of movie a la "Pulp Fiction."

1. We see a mobster who is in the process of plotting to take over the business of his rivals. It is at this point that we learn that he can hold his breath for a long period of time under water. At the beginning of the movie, he is trying to beat some money out of someone that stole it from him (literally). He leaves because he has to go and see after his mother.

2. The mobster's associates try to kill him after a visit with his mother (the reason for which he had to interrupt the beating that started the movie) and his car veers off into a river. He manages to survive this attempt because of his underwater breathing exercises before.

3. There is a man and his wife. He is a septic tank cleaner and they want to have a child. He gets the bright idea to rob this old woman (who happens to be Mr. Mobster's mother) in order to get the funds to finance his wife's fertility treatment. Oops. Mr. Septic Tank is worried that the child will not be intelligent (it is painfully clear that he himself is not intelligent) and so the cost of the insemination also includes some way to ensure the intelligence of the offspring.

4. Later still, we are introduced to a deaf mute who works at the meat shop that takes care of the bodies that Mr. Mobster brings in from his activities. It seems that this person has a friendly relationship with the Septic Tank Cleaner. Later, Deaf Mute Guy wins a horse race for $47,000 (it seems that he lives a lonely life and his only outlet is betting at the race track from time to time). He knows about the bad things that Mr. Mobster does, and wants to kill him to make the world a better place.

5. Eventually, Mr.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique mob film, decent Blu January 12, 2010
Definitely not your standard mob film, but if you can make it to that final scene I think you will feel rewarded. I suppose the main reason for most people to see this will be the landscapes and assorted footage of Staten Island. But if you get through this atypical low-level crime boss story, a single performance will stand out for Seymour Cassel as one of his best.

The story follows a small crew crime boss in Staten Island trying to make it big. Life takes some unexpected turns for him, those he trusts and for those who have stolen from him. Along the way we are gracefully rewarded with several meaningful story lines being retold as they overlap. A convincing performance by Ethan Hawke, D'Onofrio in a sort of cheese mode (he worded in his interview supplement on the BD as it being a comical yet serious role) and Cassel's epiphany character all culminate into a well made narrative about getting what you deserve - no matter who you are.

The Blu quality is solid throughout with only a few grainy shortcomings, the DTS gets both subtle and varying usages (the deaf/mute character scenes have the sound muffled in a way to try and represent his world) and the main supplement provided some excellent insight from two unlikely sources; the extras include:

* D'Onofrio interview, 2:19 minutes. He has always been about letting the work speak for itself and shunning interviews, so this was the usual brief narrative about character and that's it.
* Deleted scenes, 2:36 minutes. Glad they were cut.
* Commentary by Hawke, D'Onofrio and director DeMonaco. I had a new respect for Hawke due to his performance in the film, but his wit/intellect were even more interesting to listen to as he recorded this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All star action packed horrific tale. But splendid.!
Published 1 month ago by Sharon B. Danziger
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An okay movie.
Published 3 months ago by J. C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Place of birth
I bought the film out of nostalgia since I was born and raised on Staten Island many years ago. The story was entertaining and the actors excellent but watching the ferry pull away... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Muriel H. Dandurand
4.0 out of 5 stars gangster
a gangster movie that has some insight into the life of a specific mobster. funny at times, very well written, great acting
Published 12 months ago by Abby Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A STORY!
I dare you to try taking your eyes off Vincent Donofrio from his first word until his phone rings. Dare ya. Double dare ya. Read more
Published 12 months ago by DigitalPaperCut
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
grandmother is a vincent d'onofrio fan bought for her and she loves it thank you glad you had this movie!!!
Published 15 months ago by elizabeth wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
So funny. If you love Vincent, you will love this movie. He was so bizarre in this. I would watch it again.
Published 19 months ago by Jennifer Gardella
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD
Published 21 months ago by Khary Tolliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, complex, unique work with personality...
I read a few of the reviews of this GREAT film on Amazon and Netflix. I dont know how you rate this any less than 4.5 stars. Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by mythtrip
1.0 out of 5 stars No, no D'Onofrio
Not a great movie. Vincent D'Onofrio is my FAVORITE actor, but his acting skills are wasted on this movie. Cannot recommend this poor movie.
Published on September 17, 2011 by Pepper
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