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The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)

R | | Drama | 17 November 1993 (USA)
A homeless schizophrenic seeks the help of a streetwise combat veteran as they attempt to overcome cruel life on the streets.

Director:

Tim Hunter

Writer:

Lyle Kessler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... Jerry
Matt Dillon ... Matthew
Rick Aviles ... Rosario
Nina Siemaszko ... Tamsen
Ving Rhames ... Little Leroy
Joe Seneca ... Spits
Harry Ellington Harry Ellington ... Arthur
Ralph Hughes Ralph Hughes ... Jason
Bahni Turpin ... Gloria
Robert Beatty Robert Beatty ... Ex-Pharmacist (as Robert Beatty Jr.)
Reuben Schafer Reuben Schafer ... Greek Man (as Reuben Schaefer)
Louis Williams Louis Williams ... Ennis
Adam Trese ... John
Kevin Corrigan ... Peter
Brian Tarantina ... Fred
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Storyline

Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by Little Leroy, a thug who is one of the tough denizens of the Fort Washington Shelter for Men. He reaches out to Jerry, a streetwise combat veteran, who takes Matthew under his wing as a son. The relationship between these two men grows as they attempt to conquer the numbing isolation of homelessness. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hajléktalanok szentje See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$57,115
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In order to research his role in the film, Danny Glover actually went incognito as a homeless person to get the feel for the struggles and hardship that homeless people endure. See more »

Goofs

Two different people said that Fort Washington Armory was in two different parts of the city. The guard at the family shelter told Matthew, "You're in the wrong place. You got to go downtown to Fort Washington." Later in the movie, at Fort Washington, Little Leroy said to Matthew, "We here at Washington Heights (where Ft. Wash. Armory is located). That's in the northern tip of the island of Manhattan, ..." Downtown is southern Manhattan. See more »

Quotes

Jerry: Maybe you ain't schizophrenic. Maybe you're just a saint.
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Soundtracks

VAMONOS PA'L MONTE
Composed by Eddie Palmieri
Vocal by Rick Aviles
Courtesy of Longitude Music (BMI)
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Makes you wonder how Russell Crowe got an Oscar before Matt Dillon.
23 January 2003 | by elgatonySee all my reviews

I first saw this movie on late night cable several years ago and found myself riveted to the point where I decided to tape it and now, 10 years later still find myself unable to record over it. It's just that good!! Matt Dillon and Danny Glover deliver performances subtle but powerful enough to make you forget they are actors. The New York locales add to the feeling of authenticity and makes you wonder if mayors past and present (including "America's Mayor" Rudy Giuliani) are barking up the wrong tree in attacking squeegie men trying to make a buck rather than concentrating on more important things.

Anyhow, back to the film: Ving Rhames appears as a thug our duo just can't seem to escape for as hard as they try to achieve their dreams, they are constantly forced to spend the night in a shelter with him. In seeing this film you also will be unable to shake feelings of frustration we all meet at one time or another at the hands of bureaucracy. Matt Dillon's character can't receive a check because he has no ID, Danny Glover can't mourn at a paupers cemetery because it's against regulations, etc.

This film is about trying to maintain hope, beauty, humor, dignity and caring when homeless and if this just sounds like your typical tear-jerker, just remember, as Glover's character points out when condescended by a yuppie: "three missed checks and that guy's living on the streets just like us." It's a powerful message when you begin to see just how hard it is to climb out of the pit once in it. Rent this film, you'll be be glad you did. This is a gem despite Leonard Maltin's half-assed review. This film deserves to be recognized more than it has been for Dillon proves he can act any of our "stars" under the table with just a filmless camera. You may need a hanky though. I can sit through the bloodiest of movies while eating yet this film moved me. I give this movie a 9.5 out of 10. SEE THIS MOVIE!!!


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