The Yards

The Yards

James Gray (2000)

15 Certificate


Our Score
New York's mass transit train yards provide the backdrop for this brooding tale of murder and union corruption. The top-notch cast includes Mark Wahlberg as a newly sprung con, Joaquin Phoenix as his hair-trigger buddy and James Caan as his grafting uncle. But director James Gray wastes what could have been the film's greatest asset - the atmospheric marshalling yards, with their sparks, floodlights, smoke and snaking rails. Too many verbose scenes are confined in characterless rooms, tempting Caan, in particular, to lapse into Mob mannerisms. The strong female contingent (Charlize Theron, Ellen Burstyn and Faye Dunaway) is also disappointingly underemployed. The end result is a tough, workmanlike drama, but it lacks pace and personality.


An ex-con vows to stick to the straight and narrow, so is relieved when his uncle offers him a decent job - but soon realises the favour comes at a high price as he is drawn back into the murky world of corruption and double-dealing, and becomes a wanted man once more. Crime drama, starring Mark Wahlberg, James Caan, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron and Ellen Burstyn.

Cast & Crew

Leo Handler Mark Wahlberg
Frank Olchin James Caan
Willie Gutierrez Joaquin Phoenix
Erica Stoltz Charlize Theron
Val Handler Ellen Burstyn
Kitty Olchin Faye Dunaway
Bernard Stoltz Chad Aaron
Raymond Price Andrew Dovoli
Director James Gray
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Film FourGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and brief nudity. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 10 Nov 2000