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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

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Original title: Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, A


Release Date
• USA: Sep 29, 2006
BoxOffice: $0.4M

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality, and drug use.

Running Time
1 hour, 36 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Belladonna Productions, Original Media, Xingu Films

Studio First Look

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• A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)



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Genre: Drama

Plot: Writer Dito Montiel’s highly cinematic memoir of his childhood in Queens, New York, makes the leap to the big screen, with the author himself getting behind the camera to helm this powerful, and at times gut-wrenching, adaptation. The film flits back and forth between the adult Montiel’s (Robert Downey Jr.) emotional return to the neighborhood after a 15-year gap, and the childhood antics that led to his younger self (played by Shia LeBouf) fleeing to Los Angeles in 1986. Downey’s older brother Montiel is an introspective, quietly successful author who comes home after he is informed of his father’s (Chazz Palminteri) life-threatening illness. LeBouf’s teenage Montiel is a young tearaway who runs into constant trouble with his gang of friends, falls in love with local looker Laurie (Rosario Dawson), and dreams of an escape from the city with his Scottish friend, Mike (Martin Compston).

The balance of the film tilts in favor of the kids, with most of the action taking place in 1986. These scenes acutely capture the punishing heat of the New York City summer, with the teenage gang soaked in sweat and dirt as they trample through their crumbling Queens ghetto. Channing Tatum gives a terrifying performance as Montiel’s violent young friend, Antonio, and Palminteri is equally

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Robert Downey Jr.
Natural Born Killers, Gothika, Wonder Boys
Rosario Dawson
Sin City, Alexander, Men in Black II
Chazz Palminteri
The Usual Suspects, Analyze This, Running Scared
Dianne Wiest
Edward Scissorhands, The Birdcage, The Lost Boys
Channing Tatum
She's the Man, Coach Carter, Step Up
Shia LaBeouf
Constantine, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Holes
Eric Roberts
The Cable Guy, The Specialist, Cecil B. DeMented
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 Music By
Jonathan Elias
Children of the Corn, Two Moon Junction, Leprechaun 2
Jimmy Haun
Perfect Fit, The Invisible Man



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