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Yonkers Joe






DVD Release Date: 5/19/2009

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YONKERS JOE is an exciting, high-stakes con film and moving family drama written and directed by Robert Celestino, and starring Academy Award-nominee Chazz Palminteri, Academy Award-winner Christine Lahti, Tom Guiry (THE BLACK DONNELLYS), Golden Globe-nominee Linus Roache, and Academy Award-nominee Michael Lerner. An ode to old time gamblers, now outdated in an age of powerful upscale casinos, YONKERS JOE tells the story of a dice hustler (Palminteri) whose determination to make one last grab for a big score in Vegas is complicated by the reappearance of his estranged, mentally challenged son into his life.


Written and Directed by
Robert Celestino

Produced by
Trent Othick

Executive Producer
John Gaughan

Executive Producer
Matt Othick

Executive Producer
Phil Ivey

Executive Producer
Chazz Palminteri

Line Producer
Richard DiPatri

Co-Executive Producers
Jim Click
Vince Schettler

Co- Executive Producers
Bill Wortman
J. Todd Harris

Fred David
Robert H. Moretti
Illya Trincher

Associate Producers
Kerry Barden
Joey Whitacre

Casting by
Billy Hopkins
Kerry Barden
Suzanne Crowley
and Paul Schnee

Director of Photography
Michael Fimognari

Production Designer
Jonathan Carlson

Costume Designer
Luellyn Harper

Film Editors
Jim Makiej
Gary A. Friedman

Music by
Chris Hajian


YONKERS JOE Chazz Palminteri
STANLEY Michael Lerner
TOM VINCENT Frank John Hughes
JANICE Christine Lahti
POLO SHIRT Patrick Hughes
AC DEALER Thomas DiGiacomo
HAMMER Lauri Johnson
JOE JR. Tom Guiry
MICKEY Michael Rispoli
TEDDY Linus Roache
FITZ John "Fast Jack" Farrell


"The movie's glimpse into a seldom-seen slice of life sticks with you. It's what more American independent movies should do." Philadelphia Daily News

"With its behind-the-scenes view of a seedy criminal enterprise in which we observe the preparation of loaded dice and the sly, conspiratorial glances. The petty crook Joe is one of the meatiest roles of Mr. Palminteri’s career." New York Times

"A troupe of crooked magicians, out-dazzling each other with new tricks and devices." The Village Voice

'Yonkers Joe' is a gamble that pays off. Newark Star- Ledger

"A sweet and tidy “neo-noir” underworld thriller with a heart, thanks to excellent performances by the lead trio and the great setting in the seedy underworld of gambling con-artists". Monsters and Critics

"Chazz Palminteri is quite good as the old-school cardsharp." New York Post

"Tight, character-driven drama. The scenes between Janice (Christine Lahti) and Joe Jr. (Tom Guiry) are sweet, harrowing, movie-altering." Denver Post

"A spunky little indie that succeeds". Filmcritic.com

"A jazzy, tense depiction of life on the grift". The Onion A.V. Club

"A very well-made and well-acted film. Nice tension and is emotionally satisfying.
If you're expecting tough guy antics in Yonkers Joe, you won't be disappointed."

"One of the Best Films of the Year." Einsiders.com

"The sleight of hand in “Yonkers Joe” is dazzling – and the big con is ingenious." Hollywood and Fine

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