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A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints [2006] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Dianne Wiest, Robert Downey Jr, Shia LaBeouf, Melonie Diaz, Julia Garro
  • Directors: Dito Montiel
  • Producers: Charlie Corwin, Clara Markowicz, Trudie Styler, Travis Swords
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 July 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OY9VXY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,170 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Coming-of -age drama set in 1980s New York. Returning home to see his sick father (Chazz Palmintieri), Dito (Robert Downey Jr.), reminisces about his youth in the NY borough of Queens. As the action centres on events in his childhood, we follow a younger Dito on the verge of making a tough choice between staying in the gang-ridden streets and the bosom of his family, or breaking free into a wider world, full of possibilities.

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A film adaptation of Dito Montiel's memoir of the same name, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is a compelling, thoughtful movie based on Montiel's childhood growing up in 1980s Queens. A writer and director who understands his limitations, Montiel wisely left the acting to the pros. Shia LaBeouf (Holes) plays him during his adolescence, while Robert Downey Jr. (Good Night, and Good Luck, Wonder Boys) portrays the grown-up Dito. Never mind that there is absolutely no physical resemblance between the two actors; LaBeouf and Downey are so convincing in their roles it doesn't matter. Switching effortlessly from present day (where Dito is a successful author) to the past (where he is a tough little kid trying to figure out if there is life beyond New York), A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints tackles Dito's complicated relationship with his parents (Chazz Palminteri and Dianne Wiest), as well as the friends he left behind. Eric Roberts is magnificent in a small role as one of Dito's tough, childhood buddies. His powerful performance makes viewers remember there was a time when Roberts was better known for his acting skills than for being Julia's big brother. Montiel--a first-time filmmaker--won the Director's Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival for his autobiographical movie. Raw, gritty, and honest, Saints makes a strong impact and leaves the viewer curious as to how the rest of Montiel's life will work out. --Jae-Ha Kim

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Evelegh on 6 July 2007
Format: DVD
an excellent film, chronicoling the tough lives of a group of teenagers living in the hard times of 80s Queens, New York. The movie is gritty and tough, the artistic style adding to this particular flavour of the film itself. definitely one i would recommend espescially if you enjoyed Kids, Kidulthood and A Bronx Tale.
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This film isn't the same as most. Most say if you're from "the hood", violent area's there is a loyality to die there early and except it. This says no, this says you should leave and survive and grow beyond the confines in where you were born. Ofcourse the book is completely different. Leaving your friends and family, moving away, seeing the world and experiencing who you are. Then come back to see who you aren't anymore! Brilliant.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Evan Hendrikse on 20 July 2007
Format: DVD
When released this film received mix reviews so I didn't see it at the cinema - a decision I now regret. I thought the DVD was fantastic.

It isn't an easy film to watch having been cut up and spliced together in intricate ways but as a whole I thought it worked extremely well. The editing and direction is innovative and fresh, leading to a dreaminess that is rarely successful in this genre.

I recommend that people give this film a shot.
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By Ric 1912 on 12 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
As 36-year old dito (Robert Downey jnr) looks back at his childhood with laurie (Rosario Dawson) we are whisked off to the sweltering New York summer of 1986. For 16-year old Dito (Shia LaBeouf) this is his Queens - battleground, playground, school and home. But to a kid like Dito, poised on the brink of manhood, a long hot summer can change a lot.
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This film is bit like the oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire as it has flashbacks while he is traveling to his mother and father. Great performances from Shia LaBeouf, Channing Tatum and Chazz Palminteri. There are alot of very tense moments and the gangster atmosphere is really well acted. 5 out of 5. I recommend watching it.
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By dawn lambe on 29 Sep 2013
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Excellent cast. Just love this! I have watched it twice on tv and was made up to find it on dvd. Such a good story of tough teenagers on Americas streets. Good soundtrack too - takes you back! 10 out of 10!
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If you are a fan of recent Channing Tatum or Shia LaBeouf movies then this might not be your cup of tea.

But if you are not a fan of their recent films and were put off as a result, then I urge you to give this film a try whatever you think you know about the cast.

Dito Montiel gives his own story an excellent direction with a cast of largely unknown actors (at the time!). Most of all it exudes a sense of living in Queens, for good and for bad. This isn't a pretty film and it isn't always a pleasant film, but you will find it hard to come away without being affected in some way.
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By Friendly Dictator on 22 Mar 2012
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One of my favourite films from a few years ago - watched it again last night and just had to post a review up. It's searing Scorcese-inspired cinema. Shia LaBeouf shows exactly why at that moment in time he was the most-exciting young actor in Hollywood, Robert Downey-Jr is inspired as his adult version. Brilliant and brutal.
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