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Carlos (Manny Perez) is a talented artist who draws comics for a living. He's desperate to move out of his Washington Heights neighborhood. His girlfriend, Maggie (Andrea Navedo) feels more connected to the neighborhood. She's not so eager to leave. Carlos's best friend, Mickey (Danny Hoch), works as a super in the building his father owns, but he dreams of being a professional bowler. He's scheming to raise three grand to enter an open tournament in Las Vegas. Carlos's father, Eddie (accomplished Cuban-born actor Tomas Milian, who starred in Michelangelo Antonioni's Indentificazione di una donna), owns a neighborhood grocery store, and is well-liked in the neighborhood for his friendly way of doing business. Despite his advanced age, he's also a ladies' man, and was so even before Carlos's mother passed away. His philandering ways account for a lot of the tension between father and son. Carlos wants to draw his own comic book, but his boss, David (David Zayas) tells him that while he's got technical ability, his work is soulless. But Carlos's plans for the future are disrupted when Eddie is shot and critically wounded during a robbery at the store. Carlos resentfully takes care of his ailing father, and runs the store until Eddie can go back to work. Carlos's growing understanding of his community, and his father's importance to it, is reflected in his work, and he has a creative breakthrough. Meanwhile, Mickey's moneymaking schemes get him into trouble with Angel (Bobby Cannavale), Maggie's gangster brother. Washington Heights was directed by Alfredo De Villa, who wrote the script with Nat Moss. Novelist Junot Diaz (Drown) wrote additional dialogue. The film was shown at the 2002 Urbanworld Film Festival, and at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival, where it received a Special Mention. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

  • Release date:May 9, 2003

Cast

Tomas Milian
as Eddie
Manny Perez
as Carlos
Andrea Navedo
as Maggie
Jude Ciccolella
as Sean
Bobby Cannavale
as Angel
David Zayas
as David
Judy Reyes
as Daisy
Callie Thorne
as Raquel
Michael Hyatt
as Michelle
Gloria Irizarry
as Senora Marquez
Ann McDonough
as Mrs. Kilpatrick
Gary Perez
as Pablo
Sara Ramirez
as Belkis
Roberto Sanchez
as Tito
Darien Sills-Evans
as Danny
Josh Stamberg
as Dr. Field
Jaime Tirelli
as Guillermo
Josh Stamberg
as Dr. Field
Ann McDonough
as Mrs. Kilpatrick
Roberto Sanchez
as Tito
Sara Ramirez
as Belkis
Michael Hyatt
as Michelle
Darien Sills-Evans
as Danny
Gary Perez
as Pablo
Gloria Irizarry
as Senora Marquez

Crew

Alfredo de Villa
Director
Luis Dantas
Producer
Tom Donahue
Producer
Manny Perez
Producer
Junot Diaz
Screenwriter
Nat Moss
Screenwriter
Alfredo de Villa
Screenwriter
Claudio Chea
Cinematographer
Tom Donahue
Editor
Charlotte Bourke
Production Designer
Peter Newman
Executive Producer
Greg Johnson
Executive Producer
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