City Island

Synopsis: The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find their delicate web of lies disturbed by the arrival of a young ex-con (Strait) brought home by Vince (Garcia), the patriarch of the family, who is a corrections officer in real life, and a hopeful actor in private.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Raymond De Felitta
Production: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

Alright, fellas. Stand up for

the count. Stand up.


- Here.


-- Here.

Morning ladies, morning.




Let's move it.

You asked me about

my worst secret.

My most personal secret.

The secret of all my secrets.

...but first

I'm Vince Rizzo.

I wanna begin by telling you

about where I live.

City Island is a fishing village

located in Le Bronx, New York.

Not City Island is distinct

from the rest of Le Bronx

by virtue of being located

on its own two-lane spit

right in the middle of the South.

Most people don't believe

it until they see it.

And within the one square mile

that comprises all there is of City Island

lies yet another distinction.

That of the mussel sucker

versus the clam digger.

The mussel sucker is an island resident

who moved here from somewhere else.

The clam diggers like myself were

born and bred on City Island.

preferably in the same house which've

been handed down to other generations.

In short, the world can be divided between

Clam diggers and mussel suckers.

Those who stay and

those who wander.

You asked me about my worst secret

my most personal secret

The secret of all my secrets.

Well, like most of us...

I guess I have a few.

Vince, I need the blow dryer.

Vince, I need the blow dryer.

- Coming.

- Hey Vinnie, are you ready for your test today?

- Totally.

I'm gonna start my car.

Be there in five minutes.


Hey, call Vivian, will you?

Find out what bus she's taking.

Is she staying over?

Spring break.

She's here all week.

We'll probably go out

for Mexican tonight.

I can't, I got a poker game.

You're daughter is home from college

and all you can think about...

She's here all week, right?

Just make an early dinner and don't

let it start with me, please.

Somewhat, Vince, you were fixing

the boatshed or tearing it down.

Pick whatever you want,

coz I don't have time, alright.

Hey, Sheryl.

Do you want to do something?

I'm not going to class.

- Like what?

- I don't know.

Feed you some donuts.

Feed me donuts?

Oh nice, just make a

fat joke, freak!

I'm gonna lock it.

Watch the gates.

Alright fellas. Stand up

for the count.

Alright morning ladies, morning.

Is it a meeting?

Would you like his voicemail?

He played a poker

game last night.




Listen, who are the new guys?

Well we got a Bogart, he transferred

from upstate and a Nardela

Yeah, Nardela, who's is she?

It's the same old thing, man.

Grand theft auto, out with

coke with attempt to sell.

Done 3 out 5 at the South Court.

Pile him up on us

due to overcrowding.

It says here, that his parole is provisional.

Be released to a closest living relative.

Yeah, he's gonna do 30 days on the outside...

if he had a family member who

would've claimed his sorry grand theft ass.

He said, he's gotta finish

out the rest of his town.

That was a tough break.

-- He will get out eventually.

And then he can go back

to boosting Ferrari's.

Well, it says it was an Impala.

Who boost Impala's?

Stealing the wrong kind of car.

Hey, sweetheart.

How are you doing?

How's my future college grad?

Fine. Whatever.

Listen. Your mom wants to know

what you wanna do all week.

All week?

Yeah, you know, for your spring break.

Oh, right.

Did you make other plans

or something? You forget?

No, of course not.

I just, have work...

Well, bring your books. Take the

six o'clock and I'll pick you up.

You don't have to do that...

I know I don't have to do that

but I wanna do it because I love you.

I'll pick you up.

I love you too.

Blue shirt, you're on.

I'm losing the whole week full of shifts.

Forgot about spring break.

Why don't you take a vacation

like the other kids?

You don't have to come, dad.

I could've have rented a car service.

Scholarships don't pay for car service.

They pay for your education.

Did you bring your books?


Don't you got to study or nothing?

Fine. Whatever. Dad.

Well, you know, I'm just concerned

that you don't fall behind in your studies.

Stop, dad

- Yeah, I'm concerned about your education, you know

- Stop, dad!

You got yourself like 20 feet in front of

you and you can stop like over there

and you got still 20 feet. Keep this thing out.

Get this piece of junk out of here.

Just get it out of here.

Get in your car.

Well, that's great Vince, beautiful!

A thing of beauty!

Yeah, you like it, huh. I did it on purpose.

I knew you'd like it so much.

We're just having a sale in White Plains.

We should go tomorrow.


Maybe we'll go to the Botanical Gardens.

Vinnie said he wanted to go.

I, what?

- To the botanical gardens.

Botanical Gardens?

You're serious about going

to the botanical gardens?

I'm just saying there are much more

interesting things that we could do.

We can tie ourselves to the couch and watch

Cartoon Network for 48 hours straight or something like that.

And maybe afterwards you know,

we could take a tour of the zip lock bag factory.

That will be fun.

Vinnie, shut up.

You shut up Vivian, seriously.

Shut up, man.

My heart, my heart, somebody call an ambulance.

I need help. I need help.

That's enough.

So when's he leaving this

phase of stupid adolescence?

Never, he's never leaving high school.

coz he thinks he's too smart

to go to any of his classes.

To get an "A".

Oh sweet! I got an "A".

I'm having so much fun looking

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Raymond De Felitta

Raymond De Felitta (born June 30, 1964) is an American independent film director, screenwriter and musician. more…

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