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The Yards 2000

3.8 out of 5 stars (24) IMDb 6.4/10

After serving time in prison for taking the fall for a group of friends, Leo Handler just wants to get his life back on track. So he goes to the one place he thinks he'll be safe: home. There he takes a job with his highly connected and influential uncle Frank, and is reunited with his long-time friend Willie Gutierez and Willie's girlfriend Erica.

Starring:
Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix
Runtime:
1 hour, 50 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Director James Gray
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix
Supporting actors Charlize Theron, James Caan, Ellen Burstyn, Faye Dunaway, Steve Lawrence, Andy Davoli, Tony Musante, Victor Argo, Tomas Milian, Robert Montano, Victor Arnold, Chad Aaron, Louis Guss, Domenick Lombardozzi, Joe Lisi, David Zayas, Joseph Ragno, Teresa Yenque
Studio Miramax
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

Customer Reviews

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Format: 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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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Jan. 2013
Format: 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.
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Format: 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.
A DVD zone your library.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film is only half good...

Good acting, and production, but,
it feels formulaic. I think, James
Gray isn't a bad director, he is just
not great... but, for a second film,
from a man still in his 20s, made
in 1998, but not released until 2000,
it isn't bad... just... meh.. .
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Format: Amazon Video
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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By Don on 19 April 2014
Format: Amazon 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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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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A minor film by James Gray but a solid and powerful crime drama, with the same actors for the following and somehow superior We own the night. A dark and bitter drama
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