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A Most Violent Year (2014)

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In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.

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J.C. Chandor

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J.C. Chandor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Isaac ... Abel Morales
Elyes Gabel ... Julian
Jessica Chastain ... Anna Morales
Lorna Pruce ... Toll Booth Attendant
Christopher Abbott ... Louis Servidio
Matthew Maher ... John Dominczyk
Albert Brooks ... Andrew Walsh
Jerry Adler ... Joseph Mendelsohn
Quinn Meyers ... Moishe Mendelsohn
Chester Jones III ... Beat Cop (as Chester Jones)
David Oyelowo ... D.A. Lawrence
Ashley Williams ... Deputy Lange
Glenn Fleshler ... Arnold Kline
Jimmy Palumbo ... Barber Jimmy O.
Daisy Tahan ... Annie Morales
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Storyline

A crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. Written by Production

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The result is never in question, just the path you take to get there. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jc3 See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$172,788, 4 January 2015

Gross USA:

$5,749,134

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,007,070
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jessica Chastain thought that her nouveau riche character would only wear Armani and wrote to the fashion house to request that they lend their costumes to the film. They obliged, therefore every outfit that her character, Anna, wears is vintage Armani from 1981. See more »

Goofs

In the very opening running scene, modern cars can be seen parked in several driveways. Also, near the end of the movie, when Abel talks to Arnold in the barbershop, modern cars can be seen driving on the street behind the parked period correct trucks. See more »

Quotes

Anna Morales: You're not gonna like what will happen once I get involved.
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Connections

References All Is Lost (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

America For Me
Written & Performed by Alex Ebert
Featuring Tenor Saxophone by Rex Gregory
Produced by Alex Ebert
Engineered & Mixed by Alex Ebert
Courtesy of Community Music & Caravan Touchdown (ASCAP)
Administered by BMG Chrysalis
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Much better than the standard gangster flick implied by the title
24 January 2015 | by nikatnyteSee all my reviews

I've been amazed at some of the slams this movie has taken. No story? Boring? Slow? You've got to be kidding. This was a fascinating character study of an "honorable man" trying to retain his honor in a corrupt business and political environment. From the title, I was expecting more of a traditional Martin Scorcese gangster flick, so I was surprised (pleasantly) that "violence" of the film was primarily about two codes of life clashing against one another. I can certainly understand a viewer attracted to the film because of the word "violence" ibeing disappointed at seeing so little on the screen. But I found the film riveting: excellent plotting, great writing and superb performances.


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