A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

Synopsis: Dito, a writer in L.A., goes home to Astoria, Queens, after a 15-year absence when his mother calls to say his father's ill. In a series of flashbacks we see the young Dito, his parents, his four closest friends, and his girl Laurie, as each tries to navigate family, race, loyalty, sex, coming of age, violence, and wanting out. A ball falls onto the subway tracks at a station, small things get out of hand. Can Dito go home again?
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Dito Montiel
Production: First Look Media
  7 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

at the handball courts.

You guys getting tired

of getting beat, huh?

Dito didn't tell you

we been at the Boys club,


They got the Golden Gloves

coming up.

The only thing

you'll ever box

is oranges.

Dad, this is serious.

They got bags and everything.

It's cheap.


$10. Where you guys

gonna get $10 from?

It's just $10.

You guys wanna be

Golden Gloves?

You learn from the best.

Up from the waist,

down from the chin.

That's Golden Gloves.


Stop it already.


You're serious?

Come here.

Shake my hand.

I'm glad to meet you.


That's a funny joke

if I was five years old.

Stop it.

The joke is five years old.

Antonio, how old

is this guy?

He's serious.

I don't know

how old he is.

What happened to your nose?

It's bleeding.

It's my father.

He's stupid.


Don't say that

about your father.

Hand him a dish rag.

Wipe his nose there.

What's the matter with him?

Are you alright?

Are you getting a job?

What are you doing

with your life?

Yeah, for sure.

I'm doing--

Yeah, you're not doing anything.

You wanna be boxers.

Forget about

these Golden Gloves.

You wanna learn?

You come to me,

'cause I'm the king.

And the king

sits right here.

Monty's throne, right?

Monty's throne.

I'm the king.

I'm gonna get up.

I'm gonna show you--

Are gonna get up?


I'm gonna show him.

I'm going to show you

the left hook.

I'm gonna show you

that left hook.

Bye, Mom.

Antonio, come on.


Alright, man.

Come on.

Antonio, come on!

Where you going?

What's the matter with him?

What's the matter?

Where you going?

He wants to go.

Giuseppe, come on, man.

Say good bye.

Thank you very much.

I appreciate it very much.

It was a pleasure

talking to you.

Thank you very much.

That kid doesn't say

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Dito Montiel

Orlandito Montiel (born July 26, 1965), better known as Dito Montiel, is an American author, screenwriter, film director and musician. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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