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We Own the Night

HD   R Closed Captioning

James Gray

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About the Movie

Set against the backdrop of the bloody battle waged between New York City cops and the Russian mafia in the 1980s, director James Gray's period drama tells the tale of an emerging club manager whose family ties to law enforcement make him a target for the city's most dangerous criminals. Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) manages one of Gotham's hottest clubs, but being in the club scene often means turning a blind eye to blatant criminal activities. Realizing that his career — and perhaps his life — could come to a sudden end if anyone discovers that his father, Bert (Robert Duvall), is the deputy chief of police and his brother, Joseph (Mark Wahlberg), is a rising star on the force, Bobby struggles to keep that sensitive information from everyone except his devoted girlfriend, Amada (Eva Mendes). Russian kingpin Vadim (Alex Veadov) is a ruthless criminal who is willing to permanently silence anyone who dares cross him — regardless of whether the person is a stranger on the street or a lifelong member of the family. When the Russian mafia declares all-out war against the NYPD, conflicted Bobby is forced to choose between his life of luxury and the family that he has worked so fervently to separate himself from.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 147
  • Fresh: 83
  • Rotten: 64
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An intriguing blend of mainstream audience-pleaser and a more subtle, even intellectual agenda. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jul 8, 2010

Fresh: Time will tell, but from where I'm sitting this deceptively routine cop movie runs deep. In fact, it already looks like a classic. Cagney and Tracy would be proud. – Paul Clinton (,, Jan 4, 2008

Rotten: This one hangs on the notion of fate, and once you've figured out whose fate is the central issue, the outcome -- even with those clumsy plot twists -- is fairly predictable. – Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, Jan 3, 2008

Rotten: A sombre, intelligent, feeling crime drama set in a working-class New York characterised by striving and shabbiness. – Robert Hanks, Independent (UK), Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


acting, writing, story... great movie. J.P. is brilliant.

great cast, horrible movie

so much promise but... awful script, unenthusiastic acting, over-the-top story that fails to deliver on its dramatic attempts. this is one of those movies where you really don't care how it ends - it leaves you feeling no attachment to characters or story whatsoever. almost laughable. not worth your money.

As expected.

Great story line, outstanding acting. Quite a lot of profanity, being rated R no big surprise. I always enjoy Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix and together they did a great job! If you liked the movie, "Heat" you will enjoy this movie.

We Own the Night
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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