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A Most Violent Year (2014)

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In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history.



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 15 wins & 50 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Toll Booth Attendant
Louis Servidio
John Dominczyk
Joseph Mendelsohn
Moishe Mendelsohn
Beat Cop (as Chester Jones)
Arnold Kline
Barber Jimmy O.
Annie Morales
Deputy Lange


A crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. Written by Production

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The result is never in question, just the path you take to get there. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jc3  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$188,000, 2 January 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,749,134, 26 April 2015
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


After Javier Bardem left the project, Jessica Chastain wrote director J.C. Chandor an impassioned three-page letter asking him to consider Oscar Isaac for the lead role. Chandor replied back almost immediately with an e-mail saying he was already considering Isaac. See more »


In one of the first scenes where the two gunmen block the oil truck with their car and approach the truck we can see another car in front of the truck. After they throw the driver out of the truck and drive away both cars are gone. See more »


Julian: I feel... Vulnerable.
Abel Morales: Good... Because you are vulnerable. We all are.
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #44.2 (2015) See more »


Una Lacrima Sul Viso
Written by Mogol (as Giulio Rapetti Mogol) & Roberto Satti
Performed by Ciao Italia
Courtesy of Rendez-Vous-Digital
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Worth it for Mr Isaac alone
3 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

(76%) There are multiple reasons why this should be a prime target for most cinema fans, but the main reason of all is the ever impressive Oscar Isaac. He's fantastic here in the lead role toiling against what feels like everything to legitimately succeed as a fuel dealer during a crime plagued era in New York history. While backing him up brilliantly is Jessica Chastain as his glamorous, tough, yet fully supportive wife. The direction from the outset is silky smooth, while still very calculated. But there are clear issues surrounding the film's momentum as this flat- out refuses to break away from its total sense of realism, meaning this is a easy film to respect, but fun to watch it ain't. Although in terms of a quality crime drama with real refinement in-front and behind the camera then look no further.

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