Release Date: October 20, 2000
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin
Phoenix, Charlize Theron,
James Caan, Ellen Burstyn, &
Genre: Crime Drama
Audience: Older teenagers & adults
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: Miramax Films
Director: James Gray
Executive Producer: Jonathan Gordon, Bob Weinstein
& Harvey Weinstein
Producer: Kerry Orent, Paul Webster &
Writer: James Gray & Matt Reeves
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Leo Handler (Mark Wahlberg of THE PERFECT STORM) has just been released after serving four years in jail. Having taken the rap for his cohorts, Leo now desires a clean start and returns home to his mother, Val (played by Ellen Burstyn). She encourages him to get a job with his uncle, Frank (James Caan), who owns the Electric Rail Corporation in New York City. Frank offers Leo a chance to go to school and learn the trade, but Leo senses the need to earn money immediately and decides to work with Willie (Joaquin Phoenix) instead. Willie also works for Frank, although his aspect of employment deals with keeping competing companies down. Leo, seeing the fast cash, is interested, but tells Willie that he can’t get into any trouble. Willie reassures him and asks Leo to come along and observe him doing business.
Leo also observes the relationship Willie has with his cousin Erica with whom he has past ties. Erica tells Leo that Willie has discussed marriage, and Leo begins to get hints that the kind of life Willie would be providing for Erica may not be the best. He learns this lesson when he gets into trouble while conducting “business” with Willie and soon ends up a fugitive, wrongly accused and even double-crossed by some of his own family. Eventually, Leo must make a decision that will change the politics of the rail companies and his bond with his own family forever.
THE YARDS has a cast of extremely talented actors whose ability is almost wasted by insufficient character development. This, along with a dark story that tries to reflect the mood of movies like THE GODFATHER, seems to take the audience into a whirlwind of sadness, met with a redemptive but depressing end. Containing plenty of foul language, violence, nudity and other questionable elements, THE YARDS merits extreme caution for adults.
THE YARDS attempts to achieve a mood similar to THE GODFATHER. It has a cast of extremely talented actors whose ability is almost wasted by insufficient character development. Despite a depressing but somewhat redemptive end, THE YARDS merits extreme caution due to plenty of foul language, violence and other questionable elements