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City Island [DVD] [2009]

Andy Garcia , Julianna Margulies , Raymond De Felitta    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Emily Mortimer, Alan Arkin
  • Directors: Raymond De Felitta
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Home Entertainment (UK) Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IN7YPA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,521 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Meet the Rizzos, a family that might get along a lot better if only they could tell each other the truth. Dad Vince is the worst offender. But since the prison guard won t even admit that poker night is in fact acting class, how is he ever going to explain about his illegitimate son? His daughter works as a stripper when shes supposed to be in college, while young Vinnie Jr. has a secret sexual fetish that involves a 24-hour webcam and the familys neighbour. Vinces wife Joyce is the family s rock, but it s been a year since she enjoyed intimacy with her husband, and it s no surprise she thinks poker night spells A-F-F-A-I-R. When former prisoner Tony enters the Rizzos lives, Joyce begins to suspect that the handsome young Tony isn t who Vince says he is. City Island is a funny, touching and smart family tale about the secrets of the past catching up with the lies of the present, and accepting that nobody s perfect - least of all your loved ones.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, uplifting movie 27 April 2011
By R. A. Mansfield VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Never heard of this movie before? Me neither till I was sent it. Which, as far as I'm concerned, is a huge pity. This reminds me a lot of Little Miss Sunshine [DVD] [2006], in that it's all about a family who fundamentally love each other, but are all carrying their own secrets, quirks and hang-ups.

Andy Garcia plays a born-and-bred New Yorker, Vince Rizzo, who is a prison guard by day, but has ambitions of being the next Marlon Brando, so is taking acting classes on the side, telling his wife Joyce (Julianna Margulies) that he's going to poker games.

While at the classes, Vince meets Molly (Emily Mortimer), who tries to help him see a way through his current crises.

Meanwhile, Vince also discovers that his son Tony (whose wife he ran out on) is banged up in his prison, so he brings him home without telling anyone who Tony really is (least of all Tony).

Add to that, Vince and Joyce's kids who have their own things going on and you have the set-up for what is effectively a cleverly-written, gentle farce, albeit one set in New York.

The unravelling of the various plot strands is not exactly subtle, but the gentle humour comes from the way that the dialogue is delivered (particularly Garcia, who I never realised was such a good comedy actor) and the performances from all the characters are all very believeable and well-judged.

It's a shame that this didn't get a proper release in cinemas in the UK, as it's the sort of film that would have done well through word of mouth. I chuckled consistently throughout and found it to be a great way to pass 90 minutes.

This isn't Oscar material, but it's a thoroughly feelgood movie and one that deserves a wider viewing. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem 11 April 2011
By L Kemp
I watched this film as I had nothing else to do or watch on the TV, and boy, I was glad I did! This is a real gem of a film. One of them films you never really think is any good, but is actually very well made and funny. I'd watch it again. The sheer comedy value of the situation these guys are in, is hilarious. It's easy viewing too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I hadn't really heard of this film, yet so glad I watched it. It's a tale of hidden family secrets, with Andy Garcia pulling the plot together beautifully as his role as the father in this film. of course the film has to have a sterotypical "English person" played by Emily Mortimer which was a bit overdone but worked well with the contrast of a Bronx Family and all their issues. Loved Julianna Margulies depiction of the insecure yet tough as nails matriarch and the story was sad and touching at times, and laugh out loud at others.Funny refernces to the Godfather and De Niro given Adam Garcia's part... altogether really a great film, watch it- highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that city at all 21 Jun 2011
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
"City Island" tells the story of the Rizzo family, a family who has secrets and doesn't tell anyone in the family about them. The head of the family is Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia), a prison guard during day, and aspiring actor in the evenings. He meets his illegitimate son from 20 years ago in prison one day and decides to take him home on parole. His wife of course objects and doesn't know the con is her husband's secret lovechild. Throw into the mix another son whose secret is that he's a chubby chaser and a daughter who's become a stripper to pay her way through college (really) and you've got a mix of characters in this somewhat soap-opera-y film.

For the most part, it's enjoyable. While the side stories never feel really developed and are there to enforce the view that the film is about eccentric people, they're never boring. The trope of having characters have secrets from one another is very old hat but still enticing enough to keep you watching.

But some of the stories are a bit forced. Vince's first audition ends up with a part on a Martin Scorsese picture; his illegitimate son says that if he ever met his real father he'd kill him but when he does find out, he forgets all that and just hugs him; everything works out for everyone by the end of the film and it's all tied together neatly. It just felt a bit too pat and unrealistic.

Overall, a watchable, pleasant film but not one that's going to change anyone's life or stand out as a landmark in cinema.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By G. J. Oxley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Andy Garcia is a correctional officer (i.e. a prison guard) named Vince Rizzo at the local jail on the island on which he lives - City Island - a small fishing village located in the Bronx (believe it or not). He heads up a slightly dysfunctional family who conceal their little secrets from one another. Both he and his wife smoke, but neither is aware the other does, the teenage son has some sort of weird feeding fetish for larger ladies, the daughter is supposed to be at college but is actually pole dancing. And Andy is taking clandestine acting lessons and has a secret son...

No spoilers in any of the above, by the way; all this is established very early on, because there's quite an amount of exposition to cram into the ninety minutes of the movie.

The first time I encountered Andy was as a svelte, cool, extremely handsome gangster in `Things to do in Denver when You're Dead'. Time has marched on and Andy is now middle-aged, slightly paunchy and a bit too facially reminiscent of Paul Morley for comfort. But, he can still pass for handsome - and he can still act.

Billed as a comedy, 'City Island' is a bit too short on outright laughs, but it's a nice friendly drama that is fine on the small screen, but was possibly deemed just a little bit too lightweight to achieve success as a mainstream release at the UK cinema box office. Eminently watchable, it features nice performances from all concerned - including the great Alan Arkin as Vince's acting coach. He hilariously manages to deconstruct Brando's acting technique during one of his too short appearances on screen. And Emily Mortimer (daughter of Sir John) also plays her role as Vince's acting class friend without displaying her occasional penchant for overacting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece.
Brilliant film. Massive fan of Julianna Margulies.
Published 19 days ago by MR I QUINN
3.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected unique story to an area near New York
A film with many different plot lines cantered around a dysfunctional family. The characters are likeable but with no outstanding performances. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars I'VE GOT A SECRET,
"City Island" is a film about a slightly dysfunctional family that live on City Island. They have their secrets. Read more
Published 15 months ago by The Movie Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film.
Bought this on DVD after seeing it on Sky by chance, had never heard of it. Not a big budget film, came out as an independent. Such a funny yet unassuming film. Fantastic acting. Read more
Published 17 months ago by catwoman72
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
This film was unexpectedly insightful, funny and layered. I first saw this film on digital and had to buy it for my sister. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Stevie
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Charming
Such a wonderful light-hearted film with plenty of comic moments and just as many sentimental ones. The characters are uplifting with plenty of depth. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2012 by Ashleigh
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent, refreshing indie movie with good cast...
Andy Garcia with a heart? True - here he's an average, flawed but decent and at times vulnerable family man, who has more success communicating with his charges at the correctional... Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2012 by Tim Kidner
4.0 out of 5 stars City of Secrets
I came to City Island with no pre-conceptions and left fairly impressed.

Andy Garcia is obviously the name banded around to sell the product and he shines here as the... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by Paul B
5.0 out of 5 stars Depth and Diversity
A truly great film with multi-faceted scenes and such a diverse story. Such eccentric dark humour with a complex look at family and all of its problems.
Highly recommended.
Published on 17 Dec 2011 by N. Alterskye
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem
I knew nothing at all about this film when I picked it up. I took a punt on it as I have always liked Andy Garcia as an actor - indeed, I believe he is one of the most underrated... Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by Grr
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