A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (Blu-ray) R

Sometimes the only way to move forward is to go back.
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  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: December 17, 2019
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: MVD Marquee Collection

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh76%

Total Count: 94


User Ratings: 101,423
Rating: 7/10 -- It is its very autobiographical roots that make Saints an emotional wallop, a raw, authentic work that is, at its defiant core, violently and unrestrainedly alive. Full Review
Feb 28, 2008
Rating: 3/5 -- Montiel's honey coated Queens of the mid-'80s is rich with the violence and carnality of teenagers, and the performances of LaBeouf (as the young Dito) and Channing Tatum (as his Stanley Kowalski-like grunt friend, Antonio) are raw pleasures.
Empire Magazine Australasia
Nov 7, 2012
4 stars out of 5 -- Downey Jr and Rosario Dawson are reliably on the money...
Total Film
Apr 1, 2007
Given all the filmed memory pieces about screaming, violent Italian-American families in New York boroughs, I'm not especially thrilled by even a well-made example. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Feb 27, 2008
Rating: 3/5 -- Tough streets, tough Love. Full Review
Little White Lies
Feb 27, 2007
Rating: 2.5/4 -- It takes a while to recognize these saints, but the effort is worth it. Full Review
Toronto Star
Nov 17, 2006
The plot itself might not break much new ground, but the telling, by both cast and crew, makes this a memoir to remember. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 28, 2007

Product Description:

Writer Dito Montiel's highly cinematic memoir of his childhood in Queens, New York, makes the leap to the big screen, with the author himself getting behind the camera to helm this powerful, and at times gut-wrenching, adaptation. The film flits back and forth between the adult Montiel's (Robert Downey Jr.) emotional return to the neighborhood after a 15-year gap, and the childhood antics that led to his younger self (played by Shia LeBouf) fleeing to Los Angeles in 1986. Downey's older brother Montiel is an introspective, quietly successful author who comes home after he is informed of his father's (Chazz Palminteri) life-threatening illness. LeBouf's teenage Montiel is a young tearaway who runs into constant trouble with his gang of friends, falls in love with local looker Laurie (Rosario Dawson), and dreams of an escape from the city with his Scottish friend, Mike (Martin Compston).

The balance of the film tilts in favor of the kids, with most of the action taking place in 1986. These scenes acutely capture the punishing heat of the New York City summer, with the teenage gang soaked in sweat and dirt as they trample through their crumbling Queens ghetto. Channing Tatum gives a terrifying performance as Montiel's violent young friend, Antonio, and Palminteri is equally intimidating, filling the screen with palpable rage as he barks at the older and younger versions of his son. The skittish narrative makes frequent lurches through the decades, and also sees characters frequently breaking the fourth wall by directly addressing the audience, recalling the work of writer-director team Guillermo Arriaga and Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 GRAMS, AMORES PERROS). Montiel couples this with the gritty stylistic verve of classic New York movies such as MEAN STREETS and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, ultimately transforming SAINTS into the perfect distillation of two separate eras in an ever-evolving city.


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