Johnny, in his mid-20s, from Brooklyn, tries to grow beyond his provincial background in his quest for self-discovery but falls into a dark underworld that brings him everything he thinks he wants.
Johnny Montana is frustrated, trapped at home in blue-collar Brooklyn with his aging parents, unemployed brother ... and no get-out plan. The one bright star in his sky is Laura, who believes in him. Her disapproving brother keeps them apart. Johnny wants to be a “somebody,” even appropriating the last name of his hero, Joe Montana. Luck lands Johnny a concierge job at an upscale Manhattan apartment building. But soon Johnny finds he is selling his soul to a world where money trumps all.
Filmed over 360 days in 60 New York locations, entirely "guerilla-style," Johnny Montana captures New York's vibrant grittiness un-sanitized. From subway cars to penthouses, Times Square to Rockefeller Center, New York isn't just the backdrop to Johnny Montana - It's a character in itself. You can taste the city's vibrancy.
"Gavin demonstrates both an ease in front of the camera and an ability to capture locations...one wonders what Gavin could do if he had a little money to work with.." - Hap Erstein, Palm Beach Post Film Writer.
"Irresistible..." -San Francisco Chronicle.
"...Epitomizes the perfect indie flick... It gets no better than Johnny Montana..." -Mike Skurko, San Francisco Indiefest
“The new high watermark in no-budget feature filmmaking.” -Paul Rogers, LA Critic
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With a smart, dimensional script, fantastic actors, incisive direction, and gritty yet dazzling New York City backdrop, this film delivers for all your senses.
Lots of heart: Everyone will appreciate the main character's journey, the universal themes.
John Daniel Gavin plays Johnny Montana, a young guy from a New York borough who's trying to find his place in the world. Not having any particular skill or talent, young Montana tries taking the world on as a stud for hire, only to find that by selling his body he is also selling his soul.
In addition to playing the lead role of Johnny Montana, John Daniel Gavin wrote and directed this movie and displays genuine talent. He made "Johnny Montana" guerrilla-style over the course of a year and it's a film that still stands out among the independent movie scene for its storytelling and performances. He throws in lots of surprises that keep you watching.
You can also see John as himself taking "Johnny Montana" on the film festival circuit in the wonderful and insightful documentary "Official Rejection" about the dirty truths behind the film festival world - and he's the standout in that film as well.
Since first seeing this movie I've often wondered when I'd be able to get a copy of it for my DVD shelf. I have to say that "Johnny Montana" still holds up - and it was worth the wait. It both looks - and sounds - better here than I remembered.
A terrific coming-of-age film that's well worth your time. I'm glad to -- finally! -- be able to add this to my film collection. It's been worth the wait.
Johnny Montana is a journey of a young man's path to right or wrong!
Johnny Montana takes you on a ride of lifetime,
Johnny Montana has you laughing and crying.
Johnny montana great passion to save his soul that's burning with desire to get out of the gutters, be successful and holding onto love.
Johnny Montana choices come with a high price, costing him more then imagined.
johnny Montana What's next! I don't want this film to end.
Johnny Montana GREAT FILM !
To sum up, if you love films, see "Johnny Montana". It will restore your faith in film as art.