R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through New York City's underworld to get his brother Nick out of jail.
Benny Safdie and Robert Pattinson prepared for their roles by working in-character at a car wash in Queens. According to Benny Safdie, "there was a camera test and also a little character history building. You know, for both Rob and I, it was almost like a tamer version of the beginning of the movie. Like, I'm going to take you (Nick) to a car wash, and you're going to work in here and dry the cars. And I'm (Connie) going to give you this experience to show you that you can be like a real part of society, you don't need to be in any social program where they say you should be. So we went and we worked there, and the cars would come out and I would try to dry them, and of course, I would get distracted by something, or a car would run over my foot, and he would get really frustrated, as Connie he can get frustrated and be like, 'Oh my God, why can't you just do something so simple?' And I remember there was like a wax thing that I got really obsessed with because it was this giant tub and you'd press that and the wax would kind of just squirt out all over on the floor and on the cars, and I just kept doing it and he got really annoyed and angry at me and wanted me to stop doing it. But I wouldn't listen to him and he just grabbed me and put me in like this kind of headlock and just screamed at me 'Stop it! Stop it!' But then I seized up and he sensed that. And I was just going to respond as Nick would respond. I'm going to throw Connie into the wall and it's going to get really dangerous and that's the way I wanted to start a relationship with Rob, but he felt that I was going to do that, and he backed off and said, 'I can't do that with Nick, I can't make that step.' And it ends up being in the film, when he grabs Nick and he kinda hugs him and gives him a kiss. That's a risk that Connie's taking and he's really saying 'I'm going to go out on a limb and I'm going to show you that I love you in this sense.'"
Peter the Psychiatrist:
This place where we are now, it can be a lot of fun if you let it. You're gonna have a good time.
During the flashback scene outside White Castle, the acid-buying complainer is shown running along a street and then entering a cab. The street has red colored crosswalks (or bicycle paths) and the cab is green and white. Neither the red path nor any green and white cabs are found in New York City, let alone the Queens, New York area where the film takes place.
The film's editors receive an unusually prominent credit position: between producers and writers.
$125,101 13 August 2017
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