The Yards: Director's Cut (Special Edition) (2000)

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Director James Gray's second film is a dark and atmospheric exploration of the corruption that lies underneath both the surface of a New York City railway manufacturing company and the family that runs it. Mark Wahlberg turns in an impressive and quietly intense performance as Leo, a 24-year-old who has just been released from prison and is in need of a job. Leo gets a job working for his uncle Frank (James Caan) in the railway business, where his best friend, Willie (Joaquin Phoenix), shows him how to bribe politicians by day and sabotage the competition's work by night. Almost immediately Leo and Willie run into trouble when they go down to the railway yards to damage their competitor's work. Leo is soon on the run, hunted for a murder that Willie committed.

Gray's THE YARDS shows the obvious influence of Francis Ford Coppola's seminal GODFATHER films as he emphasizes that his characters inhabit two worlds, one that follows the shifting morality of their businesses, the other centering around traditional family life. Aided immeasurably by its outstanding cast, stylish visual sense, and a lush, dissonant score, THE YARDS is a gripping and intensely moving film that fully lives up to its own ambitions.
Theatrical Release Date 2000
Format DVD
Number of Discs 1

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  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
    N
  • Director Cut
    N
  • Number Of Discs
    1
  • Genre
    Dramas
  • Distributor
    Ent. One Music
  • Area
    USA
  • Video
  • Picture
    (unknown)
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    DVD Features:

    Region [unknown]
    Special Edition
    Theatrical release: October 20, 2000 (NY/LA).

    Filmed on location in Queens, New York.

    James Caan's character, Frank Olchin, was inspired by director James Gray's father, who was involved in a New York City racketeering scandal during the mid-1980s.

    The climactic street fight between Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg at the end of THE YARDS was very real. Phoenix stated in an interview that the two mostly improvised the fight and actually beat each other up.

    THE YARDS was originally scheduled for release in the fall of 1999 but was held back until a year later.

    The San Diego Film Critics Society's Best Body of Work award for 2000 went to Joaquin Phoenix (GLADIATOR, QUILLS, THE YARDS).

    Joaquin Phoenix was named Best Supporting Actor by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and by the National Board of Review for his work in GLADIATOR, QUILLS, and THE YARDS.

    The San Diego Film Critics Society awarded Joaquin Phoenix with Best Body of Work for his performances in THE YARDS, QUILLS, and GLADIATOR.

    Elvis Mitchell of the New York Times named THE YARDS one of the 10 best films of 2000.
  • Release Date
    12/13/05
  • Theatrical Release
    2000
  • Rating
    Unrated
  • Format
    DVD
  • Unedited Version
    N
  • Warranty Parts
    60 Day(s)

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Editorial Reviews

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Los Angeles Times 10-20-2000 "...THE YARDS is so strong and secure in its remorseless movement that you buy into what's happening....Gray's splendid, self-effacing cast performs as an ensemble, but the film's rightly dominant presences are Caan and Dunaway..."
New York Times 10-20-2000 "...[THE YARDS] impresses as one of the few films in recent years to dare to tread in the sacred shadow of Francis Ford Coppola's GODFATHER movies....Mr. Phoenix's [performance is] incendiary..."
Sight and Sound 12-01-2000 "...Meticulously crafted....THE YARDS relies on the subtlety and intensity of the performances..."
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