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At Theaters: 10/20/2000 On Video: 4/17/2001
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 169902
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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After being imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Leo Handler just wants to get his life back on track, so he goes to the one place he thinks will be safe--home. Unwittingly, he's drawn into a world of sabotage, high stakes pay-offs and even murder. And the secret he discovers, will make him the target of the most ruthless family in the city...his own.
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Thriller - Older viewers are most likely to appreciate this understated, if somewhat violent, crime drama. Younger audiences attracted by star Mark Wahlberg may be bored. Violence and language make the film inappropriate for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Mark Wahlberg THREE KINGS, THE CORRUPTOR, THE BIG HIT
Joaquin Phoenix 8MM, RETURN TO PARADISE
Charlize Theron REINDEER GAMES, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES
Faye Dunaway THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC
Ellen Burstyn PLAYING BY HEART
James Caan MICKEY BLUE EYES
Director: James Gray LITTLE ODESSA
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief nonsexual and sex-based nudity.
VIOLENCE: Shootings, stabbings, and beatings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: None.
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Despite being effectively paced, The Yards, director James Gray's follow-up to his effective debut, Little Odessa, is steeped in contrivances and preposterous plot turns. In fact, things in The Yards become so hard to swallow that even the most easygoing movie-goers will find it hard to suspend disbelief. As an expose of corruption in New York City politics, The Yards doesn't offer anything new. As a low-key thriller about crime, punishment, and betrayal, it's competent, but not spectacular. And, as a melodrama about broken friendships and tangled family relationships, it only does the job some of the time. Gray showed great promise with Little Odessa. Hopefully, The Yards represents nothing more than a sophomore slump and is not indicative of the direction his career is going to take.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
After being imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Leo Handler (MARK WAHLBERG) just wants to get his life back on track, so he goes to the one place he thinks will be safe--home. There Leo takes a new job with his highly connected and influential Uncle Frank (JAMES CAAN), and is reunited with his longtime friend, Willie Guitierrez (JOAQUIN PHOENIX), his cousin, and his girlfriend Erica (CHARLIZE THERON). But in the legendary yards, a place where his family has toiled for generations and his uncle now pulls the strings, safe is not how they do business. Unwittingly, he's drawn into a world of sabotage, high stakes pay-offs and even murder. And the secret he discovers, will make him the target of the most ruthless family in the city...his own. Now, in the name of justice he'll have to do everything in his power to take them down.
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