Sidewalks of New York

Synopsis: Six New Yorkers have an interrelated series of relationships. TV producer Tommy, who's just broken up with his girlfriend, has a short relationship with commitment-phobe Maria, who he meets in a video store, and also hooks up with married real-estate agent Annie, who he meets while apartment hunting. Annie is open to a relationship because her husband, Griffin, is cheating on her, which she slowly comes to realize through talking to her friend/co-worker who's gone through the same thing. Griffin, a 39-year-old dentist, is cheating with 19-year-old waitress Ashley, who he picked up in a park; she realizes she can do better when Ben, a hotel doorman and aspiring musician, tries to pick her up, in a belated attempt to recover from his divorce a year ago from schoolteacher Maria (the same Maria from the video store). Most of these relationships seem driven more by a desperate need to be in a relationship than actual love.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Edward Burns
Production: Paramount Classics
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

So we're going to ask you

a series of questions.

Some will be basic,

biographical questions.

Others will be very personal

about your sexual history.

So that being said,

let's start with telling us...

...when you lost your virginity.

December 5, 1994.

It was my senior year

of high school...

...and I lost it to Danny Rizzo.

My parents had gone away

for the weekend.

We each did about eight shots

of vodka, and then we did it.

Then we threw up

about ten minutes after that, so-

First time I had sex, I was

actually pretty young- 15.

She was a freshman in college.

And it just kinda happened.

I was hanging out with my friends

in the parking lot... front of the A&P,

just drinkin' some beers.

She pulled into the parking lot

in her dad's new Cadillac.

We got to talkin',

and next thing I know...

...we're in the backseat

kinda goin' at it, so-

It was pretty cool 'cause I had

never been in a Cadillac before.

I was a late bloomer.

It was my junior year at college.

I lost it to the woman

I eventually married, Maria.

I really only had sex with one woman

up until that point...

...and that's probably why

I got divorced.

I was only 16...

...and he was much older.

He worked with my mother. My parents

got divorced when I was nine.

He used to come over to the house

for dinners and parties and things.

Then he started coming over when

he knew my mom wouldn't be home.

And then just one thing

kinda led to another.

And before I even knew

what was happening...

I was having my first affair

with a married man.

When I first had sex?

My dad drove me down...

...from our apartment in the Bronx,

where we lived.

He took me to the Upper East Side

to some high-class whorehouse.

And she said her name

was Cherry Pie.

I always liked that name-

Cherry Pie.

Let's just say I have a very clear

image of her in my mental file.

He was the sweetest guy.

We went to high school together.

We wanted to wait till we

got married- That Catholic thing.

But I wanted to do it

before my 18th birthday.

So we went to this

bed-and-breakfast in Saratoga...

...and we just made love

for three straight days.

Then we went off to college

and promised to be faithful.

And then what happened?

Well, I was faithful

for the first semester...

...and he came back after Christmas

break and told me he was gay.

So I guess he was a little sweeter

than I would've liked.

Okay, wait a second, Sue.

I mean, this is unbel-

You know, I mean, come on!

Where did this come from? How long

have you been thinking about this?

You just drop this on me

all of a sudden today?

- I don't even know-

- Stop. You're stuttering. Okay?

It's over. It's simple. Pack

your shit, get out by the weekend.


this is like a shock to me.

I don't know what else you

want me to say. It's simple.

It's not brain surgery.

It's over.

- Have your shit out by the weekend.

- You gotta be kidding me.

- I'm not kidding you.

- When did this come about?

Oh, my God. Give me a break.

You know this was inevitable.

If I thought that, I wouldn't have

given up my apartment months ago.

Don't you pin that on me. I didn't

ask you to give up your apartment.

You did ask me to move in with you.

That I didn't fuckin' imagine.

- What do you want me to say to you?

- How 'bout a fuckin' explanation?

- Is that so much?

- Why do you need an explanation?

Why can't you just see

the writing on the wall?

Why can't I see the writing?

The only thing I see is this ugly

painting that cost me a few grand.

You want the painting?

'Cause you can have the painting.

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Edward Burns

Edward Fitzgerald Burns (born January 29, 1968) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director best known for appearing in several films including Saving Private Ryan (1998), 15 Minutes (2001), Life or Something Like It (2002), Confidence (2003), A Sound of Thunder (2005), The Holiday (2006), One Missed Call (2008), 27 Dresses (2008), Man on a Ledge (2012), Friends with Kids (2012), and Alex Cross (2012). Burns directed movies such as The Brothers McMullen (1995), She's the One (1996), Sidewalks of New York (2001), Purple Violets (2007), and The Fitzgerald Family Christmas (2012). He also starred as Bugsy Siegel in the TNT crime drama series Mob City and as Terry Muldoon in TNT's Public Morals. more…

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