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We Own the Night (2007)

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A New York City nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian Mafia hitmen.

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James Gray

Writer:

James Gray
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Bobby Green
Eva Mendes ... Amada Juarez
Danny Hoch ... Jumbo Falsetti
Alex Veadov ... Vadim Nezhinski
Oleg Taktarov ... Pavel Lubyarsky
Dominic Colón ... Freddie (as Dominic Colon)
Joseph D'Onofrio ... Bloodied Patron (as Joe D'Onofrio)
Elena Solovey ... Kalina Buzhayev
Moni Moshonov ... Marat Buzhayev
Mark Wahlberg ... Joseph Grusinsky
Maggie Kiley ... Sandra Grusinsky
Paul Herman ... Spiro Giavannis
Robert Duvall ... Burt Grusinsky
Antoni Corone ... Michael Solo
Craig Walker ... Russell De Keifer
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Storyline

Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe has followed his father Bert into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby, who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. Then, Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian. From there, things spiral out of control: the Russian puts out a hit on Joe, personal losses mount, and Bobby's loyalties face the test. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Two brothers. Divided by law. Bound by loyalty. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, drug material, language, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

12 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

We Own the Night See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,826,287, 14 October 2007

Gross USA:

$28,563,179

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,926,886
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film originated at Warner Brothers, and was briefly acquired by Universal. See more »

Goofs

In a scene where Bobby and Amada are sitting on a bed, Eva Mendes is wearing a Hanes a-shirt tank top. The label is visible through the fabric when the camera shows her back. The "tagless" style that she is wearing was not available in 1988. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Green: Oh man. This shit is making me feel light as a feather!
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Referenced in Limitless (2011) See more »

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A Message to You Rudy
Written by Dandy Livingstone (as Robert Livingstone Thompson)
Performed by The Specials
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television
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A neo-noir masterpiece
25 May 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

We Own the Night (2007) is a powerful film based on a dark atmosphere, literally and figuratively. First of all, many, if not most, scenes are shot at night with an obvious aesthetic sense. Then, the topic deals with the violent conflict between the Russian underworld and the NYPD, within the Brooklyn of the 80s. It's an ultimate film noir: crime, treason, jealousy and fatalism are themes adroitly developed by James Gray and marvelously interpreted by an awesome cast. Robert Duvall is a honest and accomplished policeman, a wise and protector father, Eva Mendes is a deliberately inflammatory woman, Mark Wahlberg is the ideal son and then Joaquin Phoenix is the 'second' son with a slightly tortured mind and who seeks his own place in the shadow of his family. In my humble opinion, this movie is clearly underrated. As a synthesis: 8/9 of 10.


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