The Brooklyn Banker (2016)

The Brooklyn Banker (2016)
  • 835
  • R
  • Genre: Action
  • Release year: 2016 ()
  • Running time: 95 min
  • Original Title: The Brooklyn Banker
  • Voted: 835

The story of Santo Bastucci, a local banker with a rare gift for memorizing numbers; he is unwittingly cast into the forefront of an aging wiseguy's bid for power, Manny "The Hand" Mistera. Santo is caught between the loyalty he has for his cagey father-in-law, Benny, his childhood friend, Basta, and his streetwise uncle, Matteo, the pastor of their Brooklyn church.

1Troy GaritySanto
2Paul SorvinoBenny
3David ProvalManny
4Elizabeth MasucciAnn Bastucci
  • Excellent Movie by 9

    This was a well written mob story that was period correct. I embraced all of the characters and casting was dead on. As a Italian American I loved all the old school references to our culture. The feast scenes were a throw back to my youth, the sights and sounds were beautiful. I could almost taste the sausage and peppers. Federico Castelluccio proved himself as a feature film director with Brooklyn Banker. He captured the essence of this period in time. I have to also recognize the writing of Michael Ricigliano his interesting twist on this mob flick kept me interested and rooting for certain characters. He really captured the old school mob movies and this will be destined to be a cult classic. I really enjoyed this film and highly recommend it.

  • Authentic film . Great cast, great story! Cerebral film. by 10

    From someone who grew up in the Bronx and Brooklyn, this film captures what it was like to live during that time. The Mob was not revered like some of the Mob Genre films I have seen in the past. They were avoided and the story of a legitimate guy who unintentionally gets involved seems very real.

    I enjoyed the cinematography that captured a gritty but beautiful view of the area as it was starting to change. Troy Garity, who I understand grew up in California, captured the nuances and cadence of the residents of Brooklyn who spoke was was on their mind, were loyal to a fault and protected their friends and family.

    David Proval played a simmering psychopath who was ready to blow at any moment. Paul Sorvino was great as the goofy father in law who is smarter than he lets on.

    All in all, I think this film will stand the test of time.


    I was excited to find a mob movie that I hadn't seen, but then a little worried after seeing some poor reviews.Don't pay attention to the low ratings. They are absolutely unjustified. There is nothing wrong with the acting. How can you go wrong with top players from the Sopranos and Goodfellas?If you like this genre of movies, settle in with your favorite beverage on a cold winter night and enjoy a great show.

  • Good movie but...the casting....whew! by 8

    Federico Castelluccio has a bright future as a director. I really did like this movie and it's story line, it kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. But.....I thought the casting doomed this movie. Troy Garity is Bridget Fonda's son and from Beverly Hills, hardly a Brooklyn Banker. He was only average in the short lived series Boss, but as an Italian with deep Brooklyn heritage is no way remotely believable. He needs to learn how to become that person he's playing, he seems to much like a robot with little personality. He didn't even try to have a New Yorker accent, there seemed to be little preparation for his lead part. Paul Sorvino was way too old for this part. And the Secret Service agent was an important role, it could have given this film so much more intrigue and mystery, but again it was cast poorly, John Bedford Lloyd has been around a long time, yet it seems he didn't prepare for his part. The ankle holster was a bit different. 99.9% of law enforcement wears their sidearm on the belt, less than 1% might wear a backup holster on their ankle. However the ankle weapon did give me a surprise when in his other scenes we didn't see his belt holster, and then it wasn't until about his fourth scene we see it on his ankle. The rest of the cast was classic New York mobster types, but they've had lots of experience because they've all been in dozens of mafia movies.

  • Thoughtful information by 10

    This is the review I wrote on IMDb : A very well written and directed movie. Keep in mind this is not a Multi Million Dollar Hollywood Extravaganza. This is an Independent film and pretty much a low budget. With what the Director, Writer and the rest of the Crew of this movie had to work with I honestly, have to say from the bottom of my heart that I consider The Brooklyn Banker a true amazing success and I want to personally congratulate everyone who made it all possible. I am very happy to know that this is only the beginning of a promising successful future in the art of film making. I cannot tell you how excited I am to see what is next. But, for now, I will continue to enjoy this Movie and spread the word around about how much I enjoyed it. If this was their first movie then try to imagine the possibilities of the next one. Great Job!

1Ken Kelschcinematographer
2Tim Starnescomposer
3Federico Castellucciodirector
4Craig Cohenproducer
5TJ Sansoneproducer
6Michael Riciglianowriter