The Yards

Synopsis: In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big contractors; he's battling with a minority-owned firm for contracts. Willie Gutierrez, Leo's best friend, is Frank's bag man and heads a crew of midnight saboteurs who ruin the work of the Puerto Rican-owned firm. Leo needs a job, so Willie pays him to be his back-up. Then things go badly wrong one night, a cop IDs Leo, and everyone now wants him out of the picture. Besides his ailing mom and his cousin Erica, to whom can Leo turn?
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): James Gray
Production: Miramax Films
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

Go, go, go, go!

- Watch out, watch out. It's hot, it's hot.

- Thank you, honey.

- No, no, no, no.

- Come on.

- We have to wait for Leo.

- Get out of here, Bernard.

We're waiting for your cousin.

Yeah, he's good-looking.

- You're gonna like him.

- Oh, yeah? You think so?

I know so. I know these kind of things.

Trust me. I'm blessed with a gift.

- Careful, it's real hot.

- I got it, I got it.

Wow, this all looks wonderful.

- Let's try and make a little room here.

- Is your husband coming?

No, Frank can't come, honey.

I meant to tell you. He has to work.

He's meeting Leo tomorrow

at the interview.


Well, at least Bernard's eating.

Hey, sweetie. How you doing?

- Good.

- Erica, you know Belvie... Belva?

- Belva.

- Belva. Nice.

- Hey.

- Hey.

I was telling her about your cousin Leo.

I want her to meet him.

Oh, yeah?

- Hey! Hey, everybody, he's here.

- Hey!

Hey, Ma.

- How you doing? Good?

- Yeah. Yeah, I'm good.

- You look terrific.

- Thanks. You too.

I'm so glad you're home.

Me too.

Hey, Leo.

We all came to see you, buddy.

How you doing?

- Welcome home, bro.

- I love you, man.

- Welcome home.

- Thanks.

- It's good to see you.

- You too.

- How you doing?

- Leo. Welcome home.

- What's up, Dante?

- Man, you look great.

- What's up, Todd?

- What's up, Leo?

You guys look like you're doing good.

Don't worry about it. It's gonna

be coming your way soon enough.

Hey, what's your name? Belva?

Belva, this is Leo.


- Belva's a dancer.

- Hi.

Come on, we've got so much food.

Everybody, let's eat.

Just dig in.

Just help yourselves.

Mr. Handler.

We need to go over a few things.

Where can we talk?

- I guess in the bedroom.

- Come on.

My records show that you were released

at four o'clock this afternoon.

That's right.

You're supposed to make an arrival report.

Nobody told me that.

I thought I had 24 hours.

OK. In the future, you should know that

you're required to report with due diligence.

Now, the profile

says you had some problems.

I see here that you served

So your parole status

has you on intensive supervision.

I'll have access to your bank records,

your W-2s, your pay stubs.

That's to keep track of your cash flow.

- What about employment?

- I think I got something.

What's that?

My aunt's new husband has his

own business. He's very, very important.

I have an interview with him tomorrow.

Couple of my friends work for him too.

What about your counseling?

I don't wanna cause no problems. I just

wanna become a productive person again.

So what do you think?

He looks good, right? He looks good.

Yeah. But I never knew him from before.

- Yeah, that's the point.

- I have nothing to go by.


- Everything OK?

- Yeah.

How come you're not out there?

'Cause Willie's talking with everybody

and I just wanted to get away for a second.

- You and him still OK together?

- Yeah.

We're thinking about maybe settling down.

But he's so busy with work right now.

You know, I was really sorry

to hear about your father.

He was a good man.

- Maybe we should back out there.

- Erica.

What about your new father? You like him?

He's all right.

Did you get my letters?

They must have forgot

to switch the fuse box.

- There you are.

- Hi, Ma.

- Looks like there's a blackout.

- Yeah.

Erica, why don't you

let your cousin be?

See if they need anything out there.

- Excuse me, Aunt Kitty.

- Yeah.

I just wanted to thank you and your

husband for the meeting tomorrow.

I really appreciate that.

You know I'd do anything for your mother.

She's not doing too well.

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James Gray

James Gray is an American film director and screenwriter. Since his feature debut Little Odessa in 1994, he has made five other features, four of which competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. more…

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