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The Yards - Im Hinterhof der Macht

The Yards

Regie James Gray
USA, 2000
Krimi, Drama, Thriller

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Als er aus dem Gefängnis entlassen wird, will Leo einfach nur einen ehrlichen Job. Also wendet er sich an seinen gut vernetzten Onkel. Doch schon bald wird klar, dass der Baumagnat das Familienunternehmen in eine Welt verwandelt hat, in der Sabotage, Schmiergeld und Mord an der Tagesordnung stehen.

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The Yards - Im Hinterhof der Macht Regie James Gray
James Gray, who grew up in Queens, derived the plot both from things he had heard growing up and from real political scandals of the era. But the emotional fury, deriving from conflicting loyalties, a sense of betrayal, and frustrated romance, is entirely Gray’s own. Every character in the film is sustained by family bonds, and every one of those characters is driven by those bonds to self-destruction.
September 25, 2012
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Like many a great film that was not revered upon release, it’s perhaps easier with hindsight to see how The Yards is very much the cornerstone of Gray’s cinema… You could call it the ultimate Queens film. The film’s setting is surely one of the keys to its grandeur: only in a world so close to Manhattan, yet ever so far, could a movie about warring subway contractors take on the scope and intensity of a Viscontian epic.
December 14, 2011
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Where the film does register is as a study of a family torn apart by betrayal and bad faith. With few shoot-outs or kinetic action scenes, The Yards relies on the subtlety and intensity of the performances, most of which are excellent… Ultimately, The Yards is well enough acted and scripted to bear comparison with the character-driven films of the 70s it strives to emulate.
November 01, 2000
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