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The Brooklyn Banker

The Brooklyn Banker

Aug. 05, 2016 USA95 Min.R
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9.2 1,407 votes

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The story of Santo Bastucci, a local banker with a rare gift for memorizing numbers; he is unwittingly cast into the forefront of an aging wiseguy’s bid for power, Manny “The Hand” Mistera. Santo is caught between the loyalty he has for his cagey father-in-law, Benny, his childhood friend, Basta, and his streetwise uncle, Matteo, the pastor of their Brooklyn church.

The Brooklyn Banker
Original titleThe Brooklyn Banker
IMDb Rating5.4 201 votes
TMDb Rating4.7 3 votes

(15) comments

  • OroloroAugust 4, 2016Reply

    Good Mob Drama

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • Jay LeeAugust 5, 2016Reply

    I wrote this review because I disagreed with much of the reviews against this film:

    Set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the 1970’s ”The Brooklyn Banker” is
    about Santo Bastucci (Troy Garrity), a young banker with a rare gift,
    an eidetic memory, whose life is interrupted when local mob kingpin
    ”Manny the Hand” ( David Proval) decides he wants Santo to work for

    David Proval is masterful as Manny the Hand, and Troy Garity is
    brilliant in his portrayal of an average guy, content with his life,
    caught in the middle of a living nightmare.

    One of the most powerful and compelling scenes in the entire movie
    takes place on a rooftop. The dialogue between Santo and Manny is bone
    chilling. Manny plays his cards, deliberately trying to manipulate
    Santo into working for him by telling Santo the true story of his
    relationship with Santos’ father, betting that the truth will destroy
    Santos’ relationship with his uncle, the local Priest, and convincing
    Santo that his destiny is with Manny’s world. It is the scene that
    deftly defines the themes of the movie, and becomes the turning point
    in all their lives.

    To some, this movie might seem like just another mob flick, but it
    isn’t. It is a story with much richer themes, about self discovery,
    about choices we must make when faced with adversity, about loyalty,
    fighting for that in which we believe, and knowing who to lean on in
    times of trouble. The beauty of this story is in the dialogue, richly
    woven with clues about the motivations of the protagonists,
    deliberately planned by the writer, Michael Ricigliano. In this sense,
    the movie is counter Godfather; the protagonist, Santo, chooses to
    fight for the values in which he believes and distance himself from
    Manny’s world, and many of the powerful blows are delivered with words,
    not violence, although there is plenty of the latter in the movie as
    well. It is a story to which everyone can relate, since, at some point
    in our lives, we are all faced with difficult choices.

    Whether or not you are a fan of mob movies, or you are a fan of movies
    where the dialogue is as, if not more important than the action, then
    ”The Brooklyn Banker” won’t disappoint.

  • lokilfaAugust 6, 2016Reply

    This is what used to be

    This is what used to be a good movie: good writing, good acting,
    competent directing, respectable photography. Keep in mind that the
    Brooklyn Banker does not aim too high and plays on its strengths, it is
    a worthwhile expenditure of your time and is thoroughly enjoyable.
    Characters are well defined and the interesting story flows without
    wandering. The tone is perfectly set and successfully depicts the age
    in which it takes place. The actions and reactions of the protagonist
    are believable and logic while all supporting actors are efficient and

    Years ago that would have been a solid 7 if you liked the genre and
    tone or at least a 6 if you did not particularly relate to those. The
    reason to vote a 9 is that for all 2016 we’ve been afflicted by big
    budget shambles churned out by the studios, that seem to be unable to
    create a movie that abide to the previously stated basic rules.
    Throwing money at their woes will never make it better.

    If you felt sleepy and confused during Independence Day sequel and
    Batman vs. Superman or felt dumber after watching Suicide Squad or Star
    Wars 7 the Brooklyn Banker will help.

  • Carl J ReyesAugust 6, 2016Reply

    Invest in ”The Brooklyn Banker”

    Masterfully directed by Federico Castelluccio in his feature-length
    directorial debut, The Brooklyn Banker also impresses with it’s
    impeccable production quality and acting. With a fantastic lead
    performance by Troy Garity, backed by old pros like Paul Sorvino, David
    Proval, and Arthur Nascarella, to name a few, and a great supporting
    cast, they collectively pulled off what I believe to be a very cerebral
    wiseguy film that was both suspenseful and funny. The Brooklyn Banker
    flows from start to finish and for 98 minutes you’re witness to a
    rendition of Williamsburg in the 1970’s that is as authentic as it
    gets. If you have a love for Italian mobster genre films, The Brooklyn
    Banker pays a nice ”dividend” that is well worth the price of

  • winickj-797-80915August 6, 2016Reply

    Mob movie squanders talent

    Let’s see, take some of the best mob movie actors David Proval
    (Sopranos), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas) and a whole lot of guys who’ve
    played on The Sopranos stick them in 1973, in NYC how can you go

    Well this one did, it wasn’t so much that it was poorly done, its that
    it had no feeling whatsoever. I could have stopped watching this at any
    moment and felt that I missed nothing. Proval was a monster in The
    Sopranos, the intensity, the malevolence, in this role he plays the
    heavy, but so unconvincingly, it was like he called it in instead of
    owning the part.

    Sorvino did a passable job, the rest, it was as comical as when Its
    Always Sunny in Philadelphia did their mafia episode. A stereotype with
    no depth.

  • NICK GURUAugust 6, 2016Reply

    Not Authentic What-so-ever. Sh*tty Directing, Sh*tty Writing, Sh*tty Plot. Stupid as Sh*t!

    1st of all. The story takes place in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Which is
    notoriously a Jewish-Hasdim Neighborhood. During this time-period there
    few remaining italians living in this area of brookyln. Italians first
    arrived to Williamsburg in the late 1800’s: by the late 1960’s most of
    the italians moved out of Williamsburg.

    This film depicts a corny stereotype of Italians. Bad acting, over
    exaggerated NY Italian Accents, cheesy wardrobe, bad casting. Paul
    Sorvino was great in some Mafia Movies.. like Good Fella’s.. but dang..
    this dude can’t act without proper direction.. The lead of this film:
    Troy Garity (From Ballers) playing Santo.. is another example of the
    bad casting for this film; For one he is not Italian, and his
    Italian-new york accent is cheesy and is a very poor imitation. For one
    Santo looks more Jewish than Italian, and another note.. his style and
    portrayal of an Italian is poor. From my view point Troy Garity is
    trying to be tuff/macho but it is pitiful. This whole movie from the
    start to the end was a Snooze-Fist; Yawn, yawn..I hate seeing sh*t like
    this…. Not realistic what-so- ever! Huge THUMBS DOWN!

  • hkdAugust 6, 2016Reply

    The Brooklyn Banker (2016)

    The Brooklyn Banker exceeded our expectations, especially with the
    excellent stand out acting by Garity and Proval.

    The director obviously has a good eye for detail as the camera work,
    lighting, and locations chosen, transported one into a somewhat gritty
    looking Brooklyn in the 1970’s. Hats off, too, to the costume and set
    directors for being such perfectionists in keeping every detail true to
    that decade. The realistic casting of the extras and use of locations
    was also quite effective in bringing that era alive.

    The movie was well paced and built up by the good acting and story line
    which rang true. Refreshingly, it did not overreach.

    Quite good genre/indie film with a Scorsese type ending.

  • MichelleAugust 6, 2016Reply

    Authentic film . Great cast, great story! Cerebral film.

    From someone who grew up in the Bronx and Brooklyn, this film captures
    what it was like to live during that time. The Mob was not revered like
    some of the Mob Genre films I have seen in the past. They were avoided
    and the story of a legitimate guy who unintentionally gets involved
    seems very real.

    I enjoyed the cinematography that captured a gritty but beautiful view
    of the area as it was starting to change. Troy Garity, who I understand
    grew up in California, captured the nuances and cadence of the
    residents of Brooklyn who spoke was was on their mind, were loyal to a
    fault and protected their friends and family.

    David Proval played a simmering psychopath who was ready to blow at any
    moment. Paul Sorvino was great as the goofy father in law who is
    smarter than he lets on.

    All in all, I think this film will stand the test of time.

  • jas5359August 10, 2016Reply

    Refreshing & Classical Mafia Drama

    Phenomenal portrayal of a unique period in American organized crime.
    Federico Castelluccio’s directing shows that he has a true talent for
    capturing all the ”little details” which authenticate the characters
    and their surroundings. Tremendous casting for this story line and
    setting. Troy Garity and David Provale shine throughout while other
    well known’s Paul Sorvino and Arthur Nascarella accent the
    Protagonist’s struggle with vibrant precision.

    It’s delightful to finally get a writer and director combo working
    together to generate a modern day film with all the makings of the
    Mafia classics already cemented into cinema history. It may not be on
    the scale of ”Goodfellas” or ”The Godfather”, but for a feature length
    directorial and writing debut, Ricigliano and Castelluccio have not

    P.S. Loved the subtle show of appreciation to Scorsese’s classic ”Mean
    Streets” on the Theater Marquee!

  • djjtmmAugust 12, 2016Reply

    A must see movie!

    Went to see The Brooklyn Banker over the weekend. Great movie! A must
    see! Great story line. Troy Garity, David Proval and Paul Sorvino
    really bring it to life. Director Federico Castelluccio and writer
    Michael Ricigliano give you a taste of Williamsburg Brooklyn in the
    1970’s, the mob life and how you can get sucked in even if you don’t
    have a desire to be. At one point I felt bad for Santo (Troy Garity).
    He truly was believable in the part he played. An honest family man who
    just wanted to stay as far away from the mob scene as possible. Growing
    up in that atmosphere he knew that was not the life he wanted.
    Definitely worth checking out. Keeps your attention and guessing as to
    how it will end. Not a typical gangster ending.

  • imsowildAugust 16, 2016Reply

    Are the positive reviews of this well below average film people involved in the production?

    Very disappointed in this film. Some great actors from the gangster
    genre such as David Proval mixed in with complete amateurs who must’ve
    bought their way on the film as a crowd sourcing reward, I can think of
    no other way you would have cast actors not fit to be extras as their
    principal and supporting cast. The screen play is not clever at all and
    appears to be amateurish. YET the trailer for the film was pretty good,
    that’s what brought me to the theater. I regret that decision, I would
    have just assumed stay home and watch a real film such as mean streets.
    The director did an awful job, nothing was tied in together. There was
    a scene with a very old man and it made absolutely no sense. Paul
    Sorvino looks like he ready for assisted living and not playing a wise

  • Freddy Tenore ([email protected])August 20, 2016Reply

    Thoughtful information

    This is the review I wrote on IMDb : A very well written and directed
    movie. Keep in mind this is not a Multi Million Dollar Hollywood
    Extravaganza. This is an Independent film and pretty much a low budget.
    With what the Director, Writer and the rest of the Crew of this movie
    had to work with I honestly, have to say from the bottom of my heart
    that I consider The Brooklyn Banker a true amazing success and I want
    to personally congratulate everyone who made it all possible. I am very
    happy to know that this is only the beginning of a promising successful
    future in the art of film making. I cannot tell you how excited I am to
    see what is next. But, for now, I will continue to enjoy this Movie and
    spread the word around about how much I enjoyed it. If this was their
    first movie then try to imagine the possibilities of the next one.
    Great Job!

  • christinedaddarioAugust 22, 2016Reply

    RE: Was ”made like they used to” make em!

    All the time people say ”They don’t make em like they used to.” The
    Brooklyn Banker breaks that statement. I recommend seeing it if you are
    a true fan of old school mob movies like the Godfather and Goodfellas.

    This film gave us an excellent taste of what we loved so much about
    these classics. Not only did it have two of the greatest mob actors of
    all time starring but the piece also transported us to the 1970’s and
    has preserved on film a unique part of NYC Italian history & culture –
    The Giglio.

    The irony of this film was so poignant and unique. It had a quiet
    elegance even though there was violence. Could make for an interesting
    sequel. Would love to see what could be done with a non- indie budget!

    Note: *You will especially enjoy it if you spent any time growing up in
    Italian parts of Queens, Brooklyn or the Bronx. It will feel like going
    home, even if for just a few moments. How often do we have that kind of
    opportunity? Thank you to the makers of this film. Keep em’ comin’!

  • arsweetgirlAugust 23, 2016Reply

    Banker meets mob…..

    I had the pleasure going to the movie premier in NY. I was amazed on
    how well written the story line was done. Many talented actors &
    actress in the movie. I enjoy the movie very much and it had real life
    event in it like seeing the feast. Also shows how the family sticks
    together but if you cross the wrong person…watch out. All the best to
    all to everyone who had a part in making this movie, Michael,
    Frederico, are amazing men with a bright future ahead of them. For
    everyone else congrats on making a movie that will be in all movie
    theaters soon across the country all in time. I would recommend anyone
    to see it.

  • jimkathyAugust 24, 2016Reply

    Excellent Movie

    This was a well written mob story that was period correct. I embraced
    all of the characters and casting was dead on. As a Italian American I
    loved all the old school references to our culture. The feast scenes
    were a throw back to my youth, the sights and sounds were beautiful. I
    could almost taste the sausage and peppers. Federico Castelluccio
    proved himself as a feature film director with Brooklyn Banker. He
    captured the essence of this period in time. I have to also recognize
    the writing of Michael Ricigliano his interesting twist on this mob
    flick kept me interested and rooting for certain characters. He really
    captured the old school mob movies and this will be destined to be a
    cult classic. I really enjoyed this film and highly recommend it.

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