A New York Heartbeat

2013

Crime / Drama / Romance

108
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 247

Synopsis


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Cast

Adam Hagenbuch as Stomper #1
Eliza Roberts as Spider's Mom
Eric Roberts as Nick Shaw
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832.29 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
95 min
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1.67 GB
1920×1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
95 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by xylophone59 7 / 10 / 10

If a fellah does some listening he learns things

This is a good movie. I would rather have a movie with loads of suspense and few special effects like this movie; than a movie with great special effects and no suspense. This movie shows that a low budget can be to the benefit of a film. These gun laden movies tend to be formulaic in many respects but there is enough here to keep you watching with empathy for the characters until the end. There are a lot of good elements in "A New York Heartbeat". I like the credible evocation of the era although I am sure you could find flaws if you looked hard. I liked the slangy throwaway quips of the era e.g. "snazzy" and "foxy chicks" ("wait around a dark corner and drill him") and the way the slang was delivered. I liked the line "if a fellah does some listening he learns things". So it was a very good screenplay in my humble opinion. I liked the muted evocative trumpet; made me feel kind of blue and was not overdone. I liked the little things like when the birds flew past as Spider and Tamara were talking. It was flock of them which was a common urban sight in past decades. And at certain points, a few birds would fly past to maintain the special ambiance of the film. The movie started well and hooked you in with immediate suspense with the guys swigging from a brown-paper covered bottle of booze. That was common as I remember in the 60's (I am quite old). Young folks of nowadays would not know about such small things as booze bottles covered with brown paper (maybe). But it lent credibility for me who does remember a less sophisticated texting-free era. This movie is convincing and relies on good acting and plot tension. But for a few holes that I thought I perceived in the plot I would have given it an 8. Probably 7 & 1/2 would be my real assessment. This is a very entertaining movie but possibly a few too many gun-solutions for my personal taste. The great thing was the unrelenting suspense and the affection you feel for the characters. The acting is good because you don't notice that it is good. And isn't that what we should aim for?

Reviewed by MartinHafer / 10

With this sort of budget, I expected far less...but it turned out to be pretty good.

A New York Heartbeat is not a perfect story and occasionally I noticed little things—such as the loot which was made up mostly of very modern American dollars despite being set in the 1957s (and money looked VERY different) and the 21st century style cursing (as a retired history teacher, I notice these things). However, considering its humble roots, it's a pretty amazing film. It was created via a Kickstarter campaign and the writer/director Tjardus Greidanus is experienced—but not with full-length films. Instead, his background is in documentary shorts and a few TV shows. With this sort of pedigree, I expected much less than the film delivered. In many ways, the film is like a modern movie that poses the question 'what would it look like if the Bowery Boys were placed in a modern version of film noir?!'. It's a totally absurd question, but I found myself thinking that as I watched the young men acting in the film. Their accents sound a lot like Leo Gorcey and the gang—plus they acted a lot like them at times but without the attempt at comedy. But these characters are a lot more street-wise and corrupt. The film begins with this gang of young jerks trying to pull an easy robbery. They're just going to sneak into an apartment and steal a hidden gun one of them knows about…and it should be a piece of cake. The problem is that the place is owned by the notorious gangsters, Casket Mike (Eric Roberts)—and with a name like Casket Mike you know these punks have gotten into very deep trouble. But the problem is that these knuckleheads don't realize it. And, when they find a large pile of cash in the empty apartment, they unwisely decide to steal it. Naturally, the mobster and his men want it back—and you know sooner or later there's going to be hell to pay! In the meantime, however, after the gang's very narrow escape from Casket Mike, Spider (Escher Holloway) is beaten half to death by some other creeps trying to attack a young lady. Tamara (Rachel Brosnahan) is thankful the guy came to try to help and she sneaks him back to her hideout to nurse him back to health. And, I do mean hideout. This is because her uncle Didi is also a notorious mobster—one who everyone thinks was killed decades ago. Instead, however, he and Tamara hide out in an old abandoned looking building and bide their time—afraid to come out because Casket Mike is ALSO looking for them! I could tell you what's going to happen next, but I'd have to kill you….just kidding!! I just don't want to spoil the film! You have to applaud Tjardus Greidanus for doing so much with so little in this film. It's very tense and has a good ending. And, you wonder how he got Eric Roberts and Jack Donner for the film since they both are very experienced actors. Actually, I DO understand how he got Roberts at least—the man has a bazillion credits on IMDb and seems to have more movies coming out in the next year or so than MGM!! While this is not a great film, it is a very interesting film and I wonder what these folks with do given more experience and a bigger budget. Worth seeing just because it's a nice example of a Kickstarter campaign that worked.

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