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The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)

R | | Drama | 17 November 1993 (USA)
A homeless schizophrenic seeks the help of a streetwise combat veteran as they attempt to overcome cruel life on the streets.

Director:

Tim Hunter

Writer:

Lyle Kessler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... Jerry
Matt Dillon ... Matthew
Rick Aviles ... Rosario
Nina Siemaszko ... Tamsen
Ving Rhames ... Little Leroy
Joe Seneca ... Spits
Harry Ellington Harry Ellington ... Arthur
Ralph Hughes Ralph Hughes ... Jason
Bahni Turpin ... Gloria
Robert Beatty Robert Beatty ... Ex-Pharmacist (as Robert Beatty Jr.)
Reuben Schafer Reuben Schafer ... Greek Man (as Reuben Schaefer)
Louis Williams Louis Williams ... Ennis
Adam Trese ... John
Kevin Corrigan ... Peter
Brian Tarantina ... Fred
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Storyline

Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by Little Leroy, a thug who is one of the tough denizens of the Fort Washington Shelter for Men. He reaches out to Jerry, a streetwise combat veteran, who takes Matthew under his wing as a son. The relationship between these two men grows as they attempt to conquer the numbing isolation of homelessness. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hajléktalanok szentje See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,409, 21 November 1993

Gross USA:

$134,454

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$134,454
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the second time Matt Dillon and Director Tim Hunter worked together. The first time being Tex (1982). See more »

Goofs

Two different people said that Fort Washington Armory was in two different parts of the city. The guard at the family shelter told Matthew, "You're in the wrong place. You got to go downtown to Fort Washington." Later in the movie, at Fort Washington, Little Leroy said to Matthew, "We here at Washington Heights (where Ft. Wash. Armory is located). That's in the northern tip of the island of Manhattan, ..." Downtown is southern Manhattan. See more »

Quotes

Jerry: This here little pill made by Mr. Johnson & Johnson. Th' God's true representative on earth. It ain't th' churches, or them synagogues, or the Pope... That jus' propaganda. It's th' pharmaceutical companies... Mr. Johnson & Johnson separatin' this black man from his pain. Yeh...
[takes pill]
Jerry: Hallaluyah!
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Soundtracks

SHAME
Written & Performed by Julia Fordham
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc./CIRCA Records Ltd.
Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd. (PRS)
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17 September 2002 | by sdelaneySee all my reviews

I saw this film about 5 years ago on TV and then spent the next 5 years trying to find out what it was called. This film is a true masterpiece it really is. The acting from the two stars is fantastic(Matt Dillon is always fantastic probably one of the most underrated actors along with Kevin Bacon). The direction is fantastic and the all round feel of the film is great, it draws you in and you really feel for the charactersand you really will them on, then it hits you hard at the end not giving you a hollywood happy ending. Hollywood always seems to tiptoe around films like this and unfortunately a mass audience never gets to see them, mainly because some d**k h**d reviewer calls them a sentimental tear jerker. The film is a real gem and if you're reading this you probably agree.Get the word out to the people no-one should miss this classic.


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