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The Yards (2000)

Mark Wahlberg , Joaquin Phoenix , James Gray  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron, James Caan, Ellen Burstyn
  • Directors: James Gray
  • Writers: James Gray, Matt Reeves
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Christopher Goode, Harvey Weinstein, Jonathan Gordon, Kerry Orent
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2001
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059MQ3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Yards" on IMDb

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  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Original Concept Art

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRAIN OF THOUGHT February 12, 2004
Director James Gray has elicited some marvelous performances from a really eclectic cast: Oscar winners Ellen Burstyn and Faye Dunaway play domestic characters with the professional verve they always bring; Oscar nominees Charlize Theron, James Caan and Joaquin Phoenix are superb in their roles as Wahlberg's cousin, best friend and uncle-in-law; and then we have Mark Wahlberg, Steve Lawrence and Tony Musante rounding out the cast. This is Wahlberg's shining moment; he has none of the macho bravado usually associated with him, and his performance is complex, multi-faceted and courageous. Caan is also brilliant, and someday he'll get the Oscar he deserves. Phoenix also shows great emotional depth in his role as a borderline sociopath. Theron proves that she is not just a pretty face, but a capable and engaging actress. The film's slow pace is in line with the psychological nuances of the film. I'd never heard of it until I saw a trailer on another video. An outstanding film. Highly recommended.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FORGET "GLADIATOR" , TRY "THE YARDS" April 30, 2001
After LITTLE ODESSA in 1994, THE YARDS is quite an impressive second movie of american writer/director James Gray who plays in the same league than Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola or Sidney Lumet. Furthermore, James Gray has given two important roles to James Caan and Ellen Burstyn and a choice like this can only be made by a clever and talented person. If you are not so fond of Ridley Scott's bodybuilt gladiators, try for a change a movie with more brains than muscles. In the long run, it gives more satisfaction.
THE YARDS is a movie about ambiguity, a mood created firstly by the images of the movie, cold and almost metallic for the exterior scenes but warm and always red, brown or yellow for the interior scenes. This antagonism is also underlined by the recurrent theme of the electric lights which suddenly plunge the characters in a black no-man's land several times during the course of the movie.
James - Frank Olchin - Caan is the most ambiguous character of the movie. He may appear as a rotten businessman ready to corrupt anything that has power at times but can also develop a "Don Corleone" à la Brando attitude when trying to protect his family. Superb job from James Caan. Mark - Leo Handler - Wahlberg is also not a straight character and one important scene of the movie confirms this point. After having been abandoned by his pairs, he's ready to join the enemy and crucify his former friends.
THE YARDS is smart, beautifully filmed and has a superb cast. Why not try this Miramax DVD ? It offers a - for once - interesting behind the screen featurette, seven or eight extra-trailers, a commentary by James Gray, a french dubbed version and a gallery of paintings that has influenced James Gray for the special lightning of the movie.
A DVD zone your library.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GRITTY DRAMA March 12, 2001
By Nick G
After spending time in prison for auto theft, Leo (Mark Wahlberg), decides it's time to go the straight and narrow.
Returning home from prison, Leo, takes a job at his uncle Frank's (James Caan) company working on contracts with the New York City subway system.
Once on the job, Leo, meets his uncle's top guy (Joaquin Phoenix), and before long, he realizes his uncle is involved with corruption, and payoffs.
"The Yards" is a gritty drama that sports an excellent cast;Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron, James Caan, Ellen Burstyn, and Faye Dunaway. Although, slowly paced, the film puts a smart, and interesting spin on big city corruption. Very much a character driven film, "The Yards" will disappoint those looking for fast action. But anyone looking for an intelligent, well acted movie will be pleased with this one.
Nick Gonnella
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Yards October 6, 2008
A couple of good performances and some mediocre ones. That is why this is not a stand out movie. It is certainly worth seeing this movie about the train yards of New York, but it doesn't quite reach that point of excelling. The story is not fast paced and you must be patient with the movie along the way. In the end though I think you will say not bad, just not great. Wahlberg turns in a decent performance as does Phoenix, Theron, and Caan, but none of them made me feel I cared what happened to them. This shows the underbelly of the corruption in some companies trying to win contracts and political influence as well. A good drama when you don't mind a slower pace. Good quality DVD with some replayability. If you enjoyed this catch "The Departed" and "Brooklyn Rules".

CA Luster
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Yards -- Popkorn Junkie's (and my ) review May 2, 2002
I've wanted to see this movie for such a long time. I'm pretty sure that this film was limited in release because even when it was out I couldn't find any theater within 50 miles that was playing must have been one of those LA/NY movies. So, when "The Yards" finally became rentable at Blockbuster I made it my mission to get a copy. I had to see this film (Joaquin is in it!).
Anyway, to the review: I liked this movie. I wasn't really sure what decade it was supposed to take place in and that kinda distracted me-- the cars seemed pretty modern but the music, houses, furniture, and even some of the clothes were hard to judge. I'll just assume that it takes place "in the now" but I don't think it really just bugged me. The acting was good but nothing phenomenal, I guess I just expect good stuff from these actors. The casting was pretty typical-- Mark Wahlberg (baby faced tough guy ...), Charlize Theron (weepy girlfriend, except she has ... greasy black hair and wears lots of black eyeliner in's an interesting change of look for her), and Joaquin Phoenix (bad guy with good intentions).
The story is based around the character Leo, played by Marky-Mark (oops, I mean Mark sorry). Leo just got out of prison; he wants to start a new life as a "productive member of society" so he looks for a job at his Uncle Frank's (James Caan) rail repair yard where his best friend Willie (Joaquin Phoenix) works. Willie takes Leo under his wing and shows him the ropes of the rail repair industry. Everything is looking good for Leo until he learns more about what Willie's job entails-- blackmail, "favors", vandalism, sabotage, and ultimately murder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Yards
A younger Wahlberg in an interesting movie that covers his exploits from release from prison and then hanging out with the wrong people.
Published 20 hours ago by Jeffrey C. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This was a CD that I was looking for. I went to specific stores in the mall that sold CD's and DVD's and could not find this movie. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Leslie R. DuMont
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a no.
This is a no because one of my favorite actors, Mark Wahlberg is not the great hero. I so loved the movie THE SHOOTER but was disappointed in this story.
Published 1 month ago by Mary L. Cooley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
I know what they were trying to say in the movie, but the director did not do a good job of it to me! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Larry W. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
You gotta love Marky Mark! Great action and suspense . It was delivered in good condition and I'm sure I will enjoy it for years to come
Published 2 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best actors around are in this movie
Hello how can you go wrong with Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Ellen Burstyn, Faye Dunaway and James Caan?? Great story, really good movie that I enjoyed.
Published 3 months ago by Sew It Seams
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent acting
One of Wahlber's and Phoenix's earliest acting films - and both are (clearly) looking for their muse. Acting is fair and support each other as well as the rest of the cast. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jake
3.0 out of 5 stars gift
My mother in law got this and was not really impressed with her selection that she made. But the case came in good coniditon.
Published 4 months ago by Wiggles
3.0 out of 5 stars such a let down for a mark whalberg movie
thought this would be better. a fan of all the actors involved seemed like a homerun, but the movie while watchable is really slow to the point, little action and a less than... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wes Sepulvado
5.0 out of 5 stars Will watch later
I have not seen this movie, but I noticed there was a fake 1 star review because the of some BS about German blueray players or some nonsense like that. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bob
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