Federal Hill
Federal Hill (1994)

This drama is set within the Federal Hill district of Providence, Rhode Island. It tells the tale of 5 young friends who have been gang mates since high school. They meet once a week at Jody's house to play cards. Jody is the only… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 1, 1994
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Corrente's handling of class divisions (one of the heroes starts seeing a Brown University senior he sells cocaine to) and the body language of the performances keep things fresh.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Federal Hill has sincerity on its side and a fair degree of authenticity.

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Emanuel Levy

Federal Hill is like Scorsese's Mean Streets of Rhode Island, with the same focus on male camaraderie, its merits and its price.

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David Stratton

Producer-director-scripter Michael Corrente manages to bring freshness to basically derivative material in Federal Hill, thanks to a number of excellent performances and some evocative black-and-white images of a world he knows intimately.

Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

There is nothing terribly different or exciting about what he shows us; the film is gripping in a conventional, formulaic way.

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TV Guide

There are lots of admirable things about Federal Hill, starting with Richard Crudo's sparkling black-and-white cinematography

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Caryn James
New York Times

Federal Hill is lively and likable, a first film with the kind of swift action, clever dialogue and clear-cut characters that suggest an expert director's touch.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie has a good ear for the way the characters talk, dress, move and live; it's another Italian-American slice-of-life, well acted and directed.

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Dragan Antulov

What sets this film apart is authenticity.

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