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The Yards [DVD] [2000]

Mark Wahlberg , Joaquin Phoenix , James Gray    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron, James Caan, Ellen Burstyn
  • Directors: James Gray
  • Writers: James Gray, Matt Reeves
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Christopher Goode, Harvey Weinstein, Jonathan Gordon, Kerry Orent
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Vci
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2001
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AFQ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,082 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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DVD Special Features
Director's commentary
Behind the scenes
On location
Cast & crew interviews
Theatrical trailer


The Yards fulfils the promise of writer-director James Gray's debut film, Little Odessa, proving that Gray is a mature storyteller who attracts good actors and elicits their best work. Inspired by the experiences of his own father, he sets The Yards inside the corrupt workings of the New York City railway system, in which men such as Frank Olchin (James Caan) maintain their dominance by sabotaging the work of their competitors. Mark Wahlberg is well cast as Leo Handler, who serves jail time for a crime he didn't commit and returns home to a warm welcome from his ailing mother (Ellen Burstyn), his aunt Kitty (and Frank's wife, played by Faye Dunaway), and cousin Erica (Charlize Theron).

He's also welcomed by his friend Willie (Joaquin Phoenix), who does most of Uncle Frank's dirty work and brings the needy Leo into his lucrative fold. Things go from bad to worse, and Leo's suspected in the killing of a railway official and the beating of a city patrolman. On the run, he uncovers the political machinations that keep Uncle Frank in power, and The Yards unfolds as a compelling tale of family, twisted loyalties, and the quest for truth. There's stellar work from everyone involved, but if The Yards has one major flaw, it's that Gray directs with a solemnity that's almost off-putting, as if a moment of levity would violate his story's integrity. Visually the movie invites comparison to The Godfather, and it boasts much of that film's moral complexity and depth of character, but it's too self-consciously heavy, and that compromises its overall impact. Still, this is good work from a talented director whose future films will be watched with interest. --Jeff Shannon,

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting....... 4 Dec 2001
By lockwos
So, the plot may get a little confusing at times (i spent ages explaing it to a friend who watched it with me) and at times it can get a little too heavy, but overall, this is an excellent example of independent film. Superb directing from Gray, whos dark and gritty atmosphere really cranks the tension up a notch. There is a good and imaginative plot accomanied by a good script and belivable characters who you actually care about. A good example of Mark Wahlberg's acting capablities, far better than his attempt in this summers 'Planet of the Apes'. The actor that really stood out for me was Joaquin Pheonix, who's turn as the scheaming Willie is a fine addition to his already impresive resume. A must buy for all lovers of independent film. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Criminally Neglected. 7 Jan 2013
I am indebted to the Telegraph film reviewer Tim Robey, who has pointed me in the direction of some undeservedly neglected films in his column 'Tim Robey recommends'. One of these was the brilliant little claymation "A Town Called Panic" which was one of the funniest things I have watched in a long time. The other was "The Yards" which I was impressed with in a different way. I suggest you read Robey's excellent review on the internet which is a lot better than mine could ever hope to be.

Made back in 1999 the film is virtually unknown. Despite a wonderful cast that included Mark Wahlberg, the brilliant Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron, James Caan, Faye Dunaway and Ellen Burstyn the film was barely seen in the United States. Costing $24 million it only grossed back $1 million. It seems the film was unceremoniously dumped without any marketing. The intelligent but sombre story of corruption in the rail yards in Queens New York not thought to have any great money spinning appeal. This is a great pity because they cheated the movie-going public out of seeing a very good film indeed. Director/writer James Gray has talent in abundance. It is artfully scripted and full of foreboding menace. The acting is brilliant throughout, and the film is beautifully shot by the talented cinematographer Harris Savides who died recently.

Mark Wahlberg is the innately decent young man with a past who through association with his dodgy friend Joaquin Phoenix gets involved in skulduggery and corruption in the rail yards. This leads to a terrible series of events and a strong denouement. This is a powerful tale about a family frantically fighting to stay together.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FORGET "GLADIATOR" , TRY "THE YARDS" 3 May 2003
After LITTLE ODESSA in 1994, THE YARDS is quite an impressive second movie of american writer/director James Gray who plays in the same league than Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola or Sidney Lumet. Furthermore, James Gray has given two important roles to James Caan and Ellen Burstyn and a choice like this can only be made by a clever and talented person. If you are not so fond of Ridley Scott's bodybuilt gladiators, try for a change a movie with more brains than muscles. In the long run, it gives more satisfaction.
THE YARDS is a movie about ambiguity, a mood created firstly by the images of the movie, cold and almost metallic for the exterior scenes but warm and always red, brown or yellow for the interior scenes. This antagonism is also underlined by the recurrent theme of the electric lights which suddenly plunge the characters in a black no-man's land several times during the course of the movie.
James - Frank Olchin - Caan is the most ambiguous character of the movie. He may appear as a rotten businessman ready to corrupt anything that has power at times but can also develop a "Don Corleone" à la Brando attitude when trying to protect his family. Superb job from James Caan. Mark - Leo Handler - Wahlberg is also not a straight character and one important scene of the movie confirms this point. After having been abandoned by his pairs, he's ready to join the enemy and crucify his former friends.
A DVD zone your library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice 19 April 2014
By Don
Format:Amazon Instant Video
good movie. if you like special effects and the likes, dont watch this. but if you like a real movie with a real storyline, then please do watch it. dont pay too much mind to the reviews... people complain too much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay 5 Mar 2013
By peter c
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is okay mark wahlberg has been in better but its not a bad film & for what i paid it was good value .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD 7 Jan 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The film was as described, similar to the bourne trilogy, which I loved, with great twists and turns to keep me expecting more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Go the extra mile and watch this. 10 Jun 2014
By Ricoh
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A very good film. Very atmospheric, and builds the storyline well,developing the characters along the way. It is not an action packed movie, but one that has a go0d storyline and some excellent acting. Definately worth a watch.
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