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Released Year: 2006
Runtime: 100 minutes
Genre: Crime, Drama
Directors: Dito Montiel
Writers: Dito Montiel, Dito Montiel
Casts: Dianne Wiest, Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Melonie Diaz, Laila Liliana Garro, Eleonore Hendricks, Adam Scarimbolo, Peter Anthony Tambakis, Channing Tatum, Anthony Tirado, Erick Rosado, Steve Payne, Chazz Palminteri, Tibor Feldman, Martin Compston
IMDB: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006) - IMDB

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San Francisco Chronicle - Ruthe Stein
TV Guide - Maitland McDonagh
Scenemaker Dito Montiel's rough, grating memoir of growing up in a poor, violent section of Astoria, Queens, in the mid-1980s features a few too many arty flourishes, but also packs a raw power that's hard to shake.
ReelViews - James Berardinelli
Most viewers will discover this picture - and it is worth discovering - when it is released on DVD.
Boston Globe - Wesley Morris
The first-time filmmaker aspires to show us what caused him to leave his neighborhood and stay gone for 20 years. All I can really glean is that the place was too loud.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

Dito, a writer in L.A., goes home to Astoria, Queens, after a 15-year absence when his mother calls to say his father's ill. In a series of flashbacks we see the young Dito, his parents, his four closest friends, and his girl Laurie, as each tries to navigate family, race, loyalty, sex, coming of age, violence, and wanting out. A ball falls onto the subway tracks at a station, small things get out of hand. Can Dito go home again?