- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 1, 2010
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Maybe you ain't a schizophrenic. Maybe you're just a saint."
- Jerry (Danny Glover) to Matthew (Matt Dillon)
New York Times - 11/17/1993
"...Heartfelt....Movingly acted and often bleakly believable..."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/1994
"...[Dillon's] best performance since DRUGSTORE COWBOY....He brings a lean and angelic quality of bewilderment to the role of Matthew..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Friendship. It's there for the good times. It's invaluable for the bad times. Jerry and Matthew have each other to rely on as they cope on New York City's mean streets. They also have a dream: to work their way back into the mainstream. Danny Glover and Matt Dillon give finely etched portrayals of life on society's fringe in this moving tale of friendship directed by Tim Hunter (Tex, River's Edge). Glover, who prepared for his role by going incognito as a "street person," is Jerry, a man who did everything right but was blindsided by fate. Dillon is Matthew, who slipped through a crack in the bureaucratic system and onto the streets. Equipped with buckets and squeegees, the two friends have a lot of work ahead. And a lot of heart to see themselves through.
Matt Dillon and Danny Glover star as two homeless characters who befriend and support one another in their harsh world. Matthew (Matt Dillon) is an innocent and possibly schizophrenic photographer who is forced out onto the streets when the apartment building he is squatting in is torn down by slumlords. In search of refuge, Matthew heads to the prison-like Ft. Washington shelter for men where he comes into contact with the many tough residents of the shelter, including a bitter and street-wise Vietnam veteran named Jerry (Danny Glover). Jerry becomes a father figure for Matthew, teaching him how to survive in his new surroundings. When the shelter becomes more dangerous than the streets, the unlikely pair flee in order to survive. Washing cars, selling produce, and struggling, the two men are constantly on the move and dreaming of an apartment of their own. As the two become closer, Matthew's mystical healing powers are revealed. He can cure the aging Jerry of his bullet wounds and arthritis with the touch of his hands, healing years of suffering with contact but, unfortunately, he cannot ensure their physical safety. Filmed with sure-handed direction by Tim Hunter, THE SAINT OF FORT WASHINGTON is a well acted and touching portrayal of the desperation and alienation of the homeless.
Matt Dillon and Danny Glover star in this touching story of two homeless men who are adrift together in the hard world of the homeless. After property developers demolish a New York City squatters' home, Matthew (Matt Dillon), one of the victims, heads to a shelter. There, he befriends Jerry (Danny Glover) who saves him from the violent ways of the homeless world. When the two leave the shelter to squat once again, Jerry learns of Matthew's healing powers; with just a touch, Matthew's hands are capable of curing bullet wounds and arthritis. However, healing powers don't ensure physical safety, and when Matthew is forced to return to the shelter alone, there is no one to protect him this time.
- Actor Ving Rhames met his brother in a homeless shelter, while filming the movie.