6.5/10
756
23 user 36 critic

Yonkers Joe (2008)

R | | Drama | 9 January 2009 (USA)
Trailer
2:14 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
Family life gets in the way of a con man's search for the perfect scam.

Director:

Robert Celestino

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Recently released from prison, an ex-mafia boss tries not to fall into his old habits, but surviving outside of the mafia is harder than it seems.

Director: David Rodriguez
Stars: Paul Sorvino, Michael Rapaport, Renee Props
Body Armour (2007)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A burned-out bodyguard is hired to protect the man he hates the most: an international assassin who destroyed his career and ruined his life. Forced to put his personal feelings on hold, ... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Lively
Stars: Til Schweiger, Chazz Palminteri, Lluís Homar
Boss of Bosses (TV Movie 2001)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of the rise and fall of the powerful New York City organized crime boss, Paul Castellano.

Director: Dwight H. Little
Stars: Chazz Palminteri, Angela Alvarado, Jay O. Sanders
Scar City (1998)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A young cop gets thrown in with a special police squad who are acting as assassins against hoods and who don't care who gets in the way.

Director: Ken Sanzel
Stars: Stephen Baldwin, Tia Carrere, Renée Estevez
One Eyed King (2001)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Residents of Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen attempt to balance family and friendship against the harsh street life that unfolds around them.

Director: Bobby Moresco
Stars: William Baldwin, Dash Mihok, Justin Bradley
Push I (2006)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Drugs, sex, and the allure of fast money blur the boundaries between two very different sides of society.

Director: David Rodriguez
Stars: Chad Lindberg, Charlotte Ayanna, Pierce Forsythe
The Dukes (2007)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The Dukes, a Doo Wop group, were on top of the world at 17, and struggle for survival in 2008. Their manager is desperately trying to get them work but is met with failure at every turn. ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Davi
Stars: Chazz Palminteri, Robert Davi, Peter Bogdanovich
One Last Ride (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

An emotionally gripping look at a man's personal battle to end a self-destructive path of compulsive gambling.

Director: Tony Vitale
Stars: Patrick Cupo, Robert Davi, Chazz Palminteri
Unorganized Crime (TV Movie 2018)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Under-appreciated 'family' member Gino Corso is finally given an opportunity to prove himself worthy of New York's fifth largest crime syndicate. What transpires is a humorous tale of a ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Vallelonga
Stars: Chazz Palminteri, Kenny D'Aquila, Alex Meneses
Falcone (TV Movie 1999)
Drama | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Fact based story about the political battle that was waged against the Mafia in Sicily during the late 1980's and early 1990's. Chazz Palminteri plays Giovanni Falcone, a crusading ... See full summary »

Director: Ricky Tognazzi
Stars: Chazz Palminteri, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Galiena
Director: Wayne Kramer
Stars: Chazz Palminteri
Safe I
Drama

When professional safe cracker Eddie Tucci tries one last score before he turns legit, all hell brakes loose as every aspect of his well orchestrated life turns into one misadventure after another.

Director: Chazz Palminteri
Stars: Chazz Palminteri
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chazz Palminteri ... Yonkers Joe
Michael Lerner ... Stanley
Nate Bynum ... Technician
Frank John Hughes ... Tom Vincent
Christine Lahti ... Janice
Patrick Hughes Patrick Hughes ... Polo Shirt
Lauri Johnson ... Hammer
Roma Maffia ... Irene Santini
Tom Guiry ... Joe Jr.
Michael Rispoli ... Mickey
Linus Roache ... Teddy
John 'Fastjack' Farrell John 'Fastjack' Farrell ... Fitz (as John 'Fast Jack' Farrell)
Michael A. Rizza Michael A. Rizza ... Poker Player #2 (as Michael Rizza)
Anthony Tarantola Anthony Tarantola ... Heavy #1
Rusty Meyers ... Committee Man
Edit

Storyline

Yonkers Joe hustles, setting up schemes to cheat at cards and dice. He has a girlfriend, Janice, but does he care about her or just need a partner in his cons? He's working out a scam of casinos, gathering intelligence in Atlantic City. The fly in the ointment is his son, Joe Jr., a mentally-challenged young man about to turn 21, aging out of a group home, belligerent as the move to an adult home and his father's lack of contact upset him. Joe Jr.'s counselor insists that Joe take his son for awhile to calm him down and prepare him for the transfer. Can a mentally-challenged, unloved kid make his way with grifters? Can a father discover new emotions? What about scamming the casinos? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

When you're this good luck has nothing to do with it.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,000,000, 9 January 2009

Gross USA:

$10,000,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The dice/card moves used in this movie were all shown to the cast by a real life dice mechanic by the name of "Fast Jack" he is one of the last true card and dice mechanics living today! See more »

Goofs

In the first casino scene, the Wheel of Fortune progressive amount goes down twice. See more »

Soundtracks

Smile of the Young
Performed by S. Lewis and J. Mullen
Written by Steven Louis Infante
Produced by James Mullen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Hard gritty look at life and perhaps redemption
18 October 2011 | by dunsuls-1See all my reviews

This film is not for everyone.Maybe not for most.However if you like films that can be hard to watch and seem painfully true to the world you don't want to see but know is out there,than you MUST see this film.The underside of life meets crisis of family in a way not seen since "rainman"a film I thought was overcast and thus dulled the story by being over exposed to "star"power.Yonkers Joe only loses 1 star because the story is so hard.Released in 2008 and running only 101 minutes the secret is the casting.Inspired therefore of Chazz Palminteri and Christine Lahti as two losers who cling to the hope of a last score to continue their pathetic lives.Chaz plays Joe and he has a son who is institutionalized and has never really been there for him since his wife left them both.Joe Jr. is played well enough by Tom Guiry but he's really a burden that Joe can't shake and is now forced to confront when the institution is going to expel him as being unmanageable.It's never explained what the soon to be 21 year old's issues are other than he's mentally and socially challenged. Christine plays Janice who has very low self esteem but is a anchor for Joe. Focusing on a score against casino crap games in Vegas clash with the rediscovery of the father/son relationship between the 2 Joe's that is steadied by Janice in a fine performance by Mz Lahti who deserves recognition here.Chaz is Chaz and thats what's called for to make this a more gutty film than "Rainman"was to me.No one is better playing a low life hustler than Chaz and as a cunning low level "mechanic"he scores here.They way the film ends is so believable and yet it's not a happy "hollywood"ending,tho not a disaster ether considering the life everyone has led.If you liked"Leaving las Vegas"the ending is far more upbeat but the film is almost as depressing till then.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed