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      Washington Heights

      R 2002 1h 20m Drama List
      79% Tomatometer 39 Reviews 53% Audience Score 250+ Ratings In New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood, Carlos (Manny Perez) is a comic book artist who dreams of making it big downtown and leaving his old stomping grounds behind. Already struggling to make an impact on the scene, Carlos' plans are further delayed after his father, Eddie (Tomas Milian), the owner of a bodega, is shot in a robbery attempt. Forced to take over the business while his father recovers, Carlos must now become involved in the community he so desperately wants to escape. Read More Read Less
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      A promising calling card for director/co-writer Alfredo De Villa, Washington Heights transcends its familiar premise with strong performances and vibrant energy.

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      Brandon Judell indieWire Considering the money this film cost to make, its short shooting schedule, and its unpandering ethnic content, it's a triumph. Jun 7, 2014 Full Review Jane Sumner Dallas Morning News A promising debut that makes us anticipate this Columbia University film grad's sophomore work. Rated: B- Jul 31, 2003 Full Review Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald Buoyed by strong performances from Perez and Miami-resident Milian, Washington Heights overcomes the familiarity of its premise through its passion and conviction. Rated: 2.5/4 Jul 31, 2003 Full Review John A. Nesbit Old School Reviews may inspire some to get off at 191st street Rated: B- Jul 2, 2013 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 4/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Sep 9, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Better than the theater production. Music hood Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/28/21 Full Review Audience Member good movie but needed more drama, it also would have been better without the old 70's style look. decent flick tho Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent! Like a Junot Diaz story come to life. In fact, Junot Diaz contributed to the script. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member I liked this movie, wasn't the best movie ever, but worth watching. I didn't even realize the main character was a comic artist(bonus in my book), but he takes over his dad's bodega to help out after an accident. Its basically a slice-of-life kind of movie. It makes the Heights look like an interesting place to live. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Not surprisingly, the film is strongest when its characters are simply hanging out, shooting the breeze and venting their feelings, while moments of high drama fall flat. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Bland and convoluted, DV-cam indie-drama about a Dominican-American comic book artist coming to terms with issues involving his girlfriend, father and best friend. The storyline and pacing are more uneven than a Brooklyn sidewalk and the acting at times can be somewhat melodramatic. Basically, the film doesn't seem to go anywhere until spurts of story arc occur here and there. There are however shining moments of humor and although I do sense a good film underneath it all, I may just have to blame it all on the editor this time. Worth viewing for the absolutely curious. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood, Carlos (Manny Perez) is a comic book artist who dreams of making it big downtown and leaving his old stomping grounds behind. Already struggling to make an impact on the scene, Carlos' plans are further delayed after his father, Eddie (Tomas Milian), the owner of a bodega, is shot in a robbery attempt. Forced to take over the business while his father recovers, Carlos must now become involved in the community he so desperately wants to escape.
      Producer
      Luis Dantas, Tom Donahue
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Nov 4, 2003
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $156.0K
      Runtime
      1h 20m