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A Jersey Tale
A Jersey Tale
Actors: Cristina Ablaza, Mike Benitez, Anthony Chisholm, Angel David, Karen Goberman
Director: Michael Tolajian
Genres: Drama
R     2004     1hr 30min

A nineteen year old Jersey City man with dreams of being a DJ takes a job working for a loan shark in order to afford his equipment, and finds himself torn between his dreams and his new life of crime. — Genre: Feature Film...  more »


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Actors: Cristina Ablaza, Mike Benitez, Anthony Chisholm, Angel David, Karen Goberman
Director: Michael Tolajian
Creators: Kip Bogdahn, Michael Tolajian, Seth Anderson, Bergen Swanson
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/21/2004
Original Release Date: 06/25/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 06/25/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Great story, real people and very moving tale
Larry VanDeSande | Mason, Michigan United States | 10/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

""A Bronx Tale" is typical of the great things that are available for viewers that go beyond heavily promoted films to find the little gems available somewhere under the surface. This movie, made on a budget consisting of two shoestrings and a piece of jerkey, has everything a good film should have -- an interesting story, real flesh and blood characters, a superb script, and a wonderful ending.

It's the story of a 19-year-old Puerto Rican in Jersey that needs extra money to fulfill his dream of buying a turntable-broadcast set so he can start his own deejay business. A shoe salesman by day, he takes a part time job with the local Puerto Rican mob boss, a loan shark/drug dealer/pimp to make extra money.

Our hero soon rakes in a few bucks helping steal cars and in similar endeavors. The boss is so pleased with his progress he puts our hero to work watching payroll at a pawn shop owned by an Armenian 70-year-old that just happens to have a $25,000 debt with Mr. Big.

There, our hero begins to see more of life, the pitfalls in his job, and the harm being done in his way of life. These come to a head when the Armenian can't pay his debt and things look bleak.

A few twists later, our hero saves the day and makes good in the end, where a big laugh awaits even the least attentive viewer.

This little film got virtually no notice when it came out in 2004; it is making rounds on digital cable. This movie is a gem in the dungheap of DVD releases. It should be far more well known than it is and the filmmakers should get their due respect for they know what it takes to make a movie where you identify with the characters and want them to make it.

Rent or buy this movie today for a memorable and enduring film experience that is very realistic while also being highly entertaining, emotionally moving, and funny. "A Jersey Tale" is one of the most satisfying films I've seen in months."
Jersey Tale is excellent
Elaine Martin | San Diego | 10/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I loved this movie. It has a real authetic feel and the dialogue is riveting. The characters come across as sincere and genuine. I was on the edge of my seat for the You never know where the movie is going to go next. I highly recommend it."