Wahlberg, Mark

SKU: 031398215196

UPC 031398215196
Release Date 2015-03-03
Studio Lionsgate
Discs 1
Length 114
Format Color
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis Director James Gray's second film is a dark and atmospheric exploration of the corruption that lies underneath both the surface of a New York City railway manufacturing company and the family that runs it. Mark Wahlberg turns in an impressive and quietly intense performance as Leo, a 24-year-old who has just been released from prison and is in need of a job. Leo gets a job working for his uncle Frank (James Caan) in the railway business, where his best friend, Willie (Joaquin Phoenix), shows him how to bribe politicians by day and sabotage the competition's work by night. Almost immediately Leo and Willie run into trouble when they go down to the railway yards to damage their competitor's work. Leo is soon on the run, hunted for a murder that Willie committed. Gray's THE YARDS shows the obvious influence of Francis Ford Coppola's seminal GODFATHER films as he emphasizes that his characters inhabit two worlds, one that follows the shifting morality of their businesses, the other centering around traditional family life. Aided immeasurably by its outstanding cast, stylish visual sense, and a lush, dissonant score, THE YARDS is a gripping and intensely moving film that fully lives up to its own ambitions....[THE YARDS] impresses as one of the few films in recent years to dare to tread in the sacred shadow of Francis Ford Coppola's GODFATHER movies....Mr. Phoenix's [performance is] incendiary......[Wahlberg] builds tremendous empathy....An utterly gripping cinematic adventure......Gray's straightforward storytelling is a tonic....[His] actors do full honor to his vision...Theatrical release: October 20, 2000 (NY/LA). Filmed on location in Queens, New York. James Caan's character, Frank Olchin, was inspired by director James Gray's father, who was involved in a New York City racketeering scandal during the mid-1980s. The climactic street fight between Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg at the end of THE YARDS was very real. Phoenix stated in an interview that the two mostly improvised the fight and actually beat each other up. THE YARDS was originally scheduled for release in the fall of 1999 but was held back until a year later. The San Diego Film Critics Society's Best Body of Work award for 2000 went to Joaquin Phoenix (GLADIATOR, QUILLS, THE YARDS). Joaquin Phoenix was named Best Supporting Actor by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and by the National Board of Review for his work in GLADIATOR, QUILLS, and THE YARDS. The San Diego Film Critics Society awarded Joaquin Phoenix with Best Body of Work for his performances in THE YARDS, QUILLS, and GLADIATOR. Elvis Mitchell of the New York Times named THE YARDS one of the 10 best films of 2000....Meticulously crafted....THE YARDS relies on the subtlety and intensity of the performances......[Phoenix] makes a compelling, complex villain....[CAAN] brings in mythic notes from THE GODFATHER......THE YARDS is so strong and secure in its remorseless movement that you buy into what's happening....Gray's splendid, self-effacing cast performs as an ensemble, but the film's rightly dominant presences are Caan and Dunaway...This tragic tale of a punk from Queens who's released from prison and looking for honest work has a hypnotic feel to it, and nice performances by a stellar cast...
Cast James Gray (Director)
Nick Wechsler (Producer)
Howard Shore (Composer)
James Caan (Star)
James Gray (Screenwriter)
Ellen Burstyn (Star)
Matt Reeves (Screenwriter)
Paul Webster (Producer)
Faye Dunaway (Star)
Mark Wahlberg (Star)
Kerry Orent (Producer)
Joaquin Phoenix (Star)
Steve Lawrence (Star)
Charlize Theron (Star)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Widescreen - 1.78 Audio: DTS HD Master Audio - English
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.50000
Width 5.00000
Depth 7.00000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama,Crime/Legal Drama,Romance
Attribute Includes Digital Copy,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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