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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.......
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...
Published on 4 Dec 2001 by lockwos

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3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay
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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting......., 4 Dec 2001
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lockwos (Derby, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Yards [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
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
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Yards [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
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. It is also a sobering tale about the insidious effects of corruption in high places, and the class system that has evolved through dirty money leading to bought status. Clearly Gray earned the respect of Wahlberg and Phoenix who returned to work with him on the more lucrative "We Own the Night"(2007). Hopefully Gray will get to make many more films that are much more appreciated than this one. Well worth catching.
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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
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Daniel S. "Daniel" (Geneva, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Yards [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice, 19 April 2014
This review is from: The Yards (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
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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
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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
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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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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep, 19 May 2009
This review is from: The Yards [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Great film. Very underrated. Great Performances. Authentic story. Mark Whalberg. Joquin Pheonix. Charlize Theron. Need i say more?
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great spin on the the old corruption theme, 10 Aug 2001
This review is from: The Yards [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
This film is a great spin on the old corruption and manipulation theme. With a good cast and some decent screenplay, you soon become enthralled in the dark vision of the film. Although the film will never stand up to films like the godfather, goodfellas its still highly enjoyable to watch. James Caan never lets you down.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe I wasted over an hour and a half of my lit watching this!!, 2 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Yards [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Watch at your own peril people, it's a load of crap! If you've got nothing better to watch, then go and read a book.
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