DITO - Robert Downey Jr.
YOUNG DITO - Shia LaBeouf
MONTY - Chazz Palminteri
FLAURIE - Dianne Wiest
YOUNG ANTONIO - Channing Tatum
YOUNG LAURIE - Melonie Diaz
MIKE O'SHEA - Martin Compston
LAURIE - Rosario Dawson
GIUSEPPE - Adam Scarimbolo
DIANE HONEYMAN - Julia Garro
YOUNG NERF - Peter Tambakis
ADULT NERF - Scott Campbell
FRANK - Anthony De Sando
JENNY - Eleonore Hendricks
UNCLE GEORGE - George Di Cenzo
The Story - A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
A successful writer living in Los Angeles, Dito (Robert Downey Jr.) is summoned home to Astoria after a 15-year absence by his mother (Dianne Wiest) when his father (Chazz Palminteri) becomes seriously ill. His father never forgave Dito for leaving home and thus the two have a very strained relationship. Memories of his youth come flooding back as Dito (played as a teenager by Shia LaBeouf) revisits the old neighborhood, encountering the few childhood friends (the "saints" of the film and memoir's title) who aren't in prison or dead. As Dito finds himself whisked back into the childhood events that shaped him, we meet an unforgettable cast of characters living in the thick of a sweltering 1986 Queens summer.
These "saints" include Laurie (Melonie Diaz), Dito's childhood sweetheart; Mike O'Shea (Martin Compston), a transplanted Scot with an Irish name who dreams of becoming a punk rock musician; Giuseppe (Adam Scarimbolo), a reckless, destructive and possibly insane member of Dito's street posse; and the unforgettable Antonio (Channing Tatum), Dito's cocky and volatile best friend grappling with an abusive father. As Dito comes to terms with the ghosts of his past, he must fight to rebuild a relationship with his emotionally distant father.
An honest, unflinching account of a bittersweet return to a neighborhood where relationships can never be what they once were, A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS is about coming to terms with misplaced love, reconciling with family, and embracing the ghosts of your past. It's a mesmerizing debut from a truly gifted new director.
The Characters - A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after three decades in the business. Downey received an Academy Award nomination and won the BAFTA for best actor for his performance in the title role of CHAPLIN, released in 1992 by TriStar Pictures.
With exceptional roles in three upcoming films, Channing Tatum is a talented young actor who is sure to establish himself as a breakout star in 2006.
Besides his breakout role in A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS, Tatum was also recently seen starring opposite Amanda Bynes in the Dreamworks film SHE'S THE MAN, which was released on March 17, 2006. This film is directed by Andy Fickman and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner. Inspired by the Shakepeare play, "Twelfth Night," the film stars Amanda Bynes as a boarding school student, Viola, who enrolls in the school disguised as her twin brother and finds herself falling in love with her handsome roommate, Duke, played by Tatum. Again, Tatum drew exceptional reviews including Daily Variety referring to the film as having a "bright and enthusiastic cast, centered on the swarthy and magnetic Channing Tatum as Duke..."
Tatum will next star in the Disney film STEP UP, directed by Anne Fletcher and produced by Adam Shankman. The film centers around Tyler Gage, played by Tatum, a street smart juvenile delinquent who gets sentenced to community service at a high school for the performing arts. After first distancing himself from the rest of the students, he falls in love with a beautiful dancer who helps him to discover his own talent for dance. The film will be released on August 11, 2006.
burst upon the scene and has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors. His natural talent and raw energy are quickly earning him a reputation as one of the most promising young thespians.
Shia is currently shooting the action adventure TRANSFORMERS for director Michael Bay. The film focuses on dueling alien races, the Autobots and the Decepticons, who bring their battle to Earth, leaving the future of humankind hanging in the balance. LeBeouf recently completed filming the thriller DISTURBIA for director D.J. Caruso. Shia stars as a teen living under house arrest who becomes convinced his neighbor is a serial killer.
Later this year, Shia will be seen in the drama BOBBY for director Emilio Estevez. Starring opposite Demi Moore and Elijah Wood, the film centers around 22 people who were at the Ambassador Hotel where U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Shia was most recently seen as the lead role in the film THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED for Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Bill Paxton, the film was based on the best-selling book by Mark Frost, and tells the true story of the legendary 1913 U.S. Open, in which Frances Ouimet, a 20-year old golf amateur from Massachusetts, shocked the golf world by defeating the British champion.
Shia's additional feature film credits include CONSTANTINE opposite Keanu Reeves, I, ROBOT, with Will Smith , HBO's Project Greenlight production THE BATTLE OF SHAKER HEIGHTS, and the hit action- film CHARLIE'S ANGELS II - FULL THROTTLE. In 2003, LaBeouf made his big screen debut starring opposite Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight in the film HOLES.
On television, LeBeouf garnered much praise from critics everywhere for his portrayal of "Louis Stevens," on the Disney Channel's original series Even Stevens. In 2003, he earned a Daytime Emmy award for "Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series" for his work on the highly rated family show.
LaBeouf attended the Magnet School of Performing Arts at USC and currently resides in California with his family.
With numerous films already to her credit, including female leading roles opposite today's hottest film actors and directors, Rosario Dawson has emerged as one of Hollywood's most sought after leading ladies.
Dawson was last seen in the starring role of 'Mimi Valdez' in the film adaptation of famed Broadway play RENT. Dawson toplines the Chris Columbus directed version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Jonathan Larson musical, joining many of the original cast members including Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Jesse Martin, and Taye Diggs.
Perhaps best known for her Oscar winning supporting roles in Woody Allen's HANNAH AND HER SISTERS and BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, Dianne Wiest has also had memorable roles in Allen's films RADIO DAYS, SEPTEMBER and THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO. She was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Ron Howard's PARENTHOOD. Other memorable film roles include work in Tim Burton's EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and Mike Nichol's THE BIRDCAGE. Wiest last appeared onstage in Wendy Wasserstein's Third at Lincoln Center and on Broadway with Al Pacino in Salome directed by Estelle Parsons. Other theatre appearances include The Shawl, Hunting Cockroaches, After the Fall, Beyond Therapy and The Art of Dining.
Melonie Diaz was born in NYC. She was raised in the Lillian Wald Projects of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She has attended the prestigious Professional Performing Arts High School for drama and is now pursuing to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Melonie is also an accomplished actress; she has been featured in notable films such as Tom DiCillo's DOUBLE WHAMMY, Peter Sollet's RAISING VICTOR VARGAS (official selection of the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals) and LORDS OF DOGTOWN (from Catherine Hardwick, director of THIRTEEN). She has also starred in "Scenarios U.S.A," a short film promoting safe sex, and "From an Objective Point of View," directed by Jim McKay and Hannah Weyer. Melonie has participated in the First Annual Hip Hop Theater Festival at P.S 122.
Martin makes his US screen debut in A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS. The experienced young Scottish actor starred in Ken Loach's 2002 film SWEET SIXTEEN, for which he won a BAFTA Award and a British Independent Film Award. The role also garnered him Critics Circle, European Film Academy and Cannes Film Festival Best Actor nominations. Martin has appeared in WILD COUNTRY, TICKETS and NICELAND, as well as on British television, with roles on "Monarch of the Glen" and "Casualty," among others. The Glasgow, Scotland native can be seen in 2006 in RED ROAD and alongside Robert Carlyle in DRAGNET.
A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS marks Adam's first lead-acting role in a feature film. His prior roles include a featured part in UNDEFEATED, a John Leguizamo-directed film for HBO; supporting roles in LYMELIFE, BITTERSWEET PLACE and ANNE B. REAL; and a lead role in "Gasline," which was awarded Best Short Film at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Adam has also appeared on television in guest starring roles on "Third Watch" and "The Sopranos." Adam studied theatre arts at Brooklyn College.
Julia makes her screen debut in A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS. The Spanish-Italian first generation American was born in New York City where, at the age of 13, she began acting classes at Biz Kids. She later studied drama at the prestigious LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. During that time, she also studied in Argentina and at the French-American Association for Cinema and Theatre in Paris. A dedicated athlete and yogi, Julia currently attends Barnard College, where she is majoring in Women's Studies and Film.
Before his role as the reluctant troublemaker Nerf in A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS, Peter appeared in the blockbuster films THE SIXTH SENSE and RANSOM. He has also had supporting parts in IGBY GOES DOWN, LIVE FREE OR DIE and SNOW IN AUGUST, among others.
Besides Scott's turn as the down-on-his-luck Nerf in A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS, he was recently seen in Ang Lee's BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and is in the forthcoming films CRAZY and AMERICAN GOTHIC. His prior film credits include FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, HART'S WAR, RADIOLAND MURDERS and BULLWORTH. He has also appeared in many popular television shows, including "Grey's Anatomy," "The West Wing," "Frasier," "E.R." and "Crossing Jordan."
Anthony starred in the dramatic films FEDERAL HILL, CEMENT, and A DAY IN BLACK AND WHITE, as well as the comedies KISS ME GUIDO, PARTY GIRL and THE WHOLE SHEBANG. Other film credits include NEW JACK CITY, OUT FOR JUSTICE, and HBO's HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS. On television he has played series regular roles on "LA Law," "Under Suspicion," "New York News" and "Welcome to New York." Anthony has also had recurring roles on "Crossing Jordan" and "The Sopranos." Additionally, he has guest-starred on "Sex and the City," "Third Watch," "Without a Trace," "Numb3rs," and "NYPD Blue." On Broadway, Anthony played the role of Toddy Koovitz in Richard Greenberg's 2003 Tony Award Winning Best Play "Take Me Out." He recently completed BEER LEAGUE in which he co-stars with Artie Lange and Ralph Macchio.
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