God's Pocket

God's Pocket

DVD - 2014
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After Mickey Scarpato's stepson Leon, is killed in a construction "accident", Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news along with the body. But even in the gritty, blue-collar neighborhood of God's Pocket, PA, no secret can stay hidden forever. When a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, Mickey quickly finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle compounded by a body he can't bury, a wife he can't please, and a debt he can't pay.

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dirtbag
Aug 09, 2018

I found it gut-wrenching because the violence is so real. Sad, sad people. This was very well done.

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hlminton
Aug 02, 2018

This movie is mean and joyless and I'm sorry I watched it.

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breemu
Dec 18, 2017

Loved it. Gritty.

Franln May 17, 2017

Not a bad movie but Christina Hendricks is way too beautiful to have sad, gross sex with Phillip Seymour Hoffman & Richard Jenkins.

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LittleNoName
Apr 28, 2017

I thought this movie was pointless, dry & annoying. Maybe worth watching because of the high profile actors but even then I'd probably rewatch a myriad of movies.

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amoby
Apr 20, 2017

Great cast makes a great movie, go figure.
Good timing (89minutes) good plot, descent script this is the kind of film i want to see more of.

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LynJoan
Jan 18, 2017

This was gritty and hard to watch. Sure, most of the acting was good and it had a very real feel to it, but for me that was not enough. It is basically a movie about the lack of hope in a neighbourhood; it is hard to take anything away from that sort of film that is positive.

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voisjoe1_0
Dec 11, 2015

God’s Pocket, based upon the first novel by Pete Dexter, tells the tales of lowlifes in a neighborhood of Philadelphia where the people rarely leave. It is one of the last films of Philip Seymour Hoffman and seems to be typical of Dexter’s writings (I have read his award winning novel Paris Trout). The film’s characters are robbers, drunks, mobsters, shooters, adulterers, impotents – whatever you might find if you were to ever visit skid-rows, slums, and neighborhoods barely surviving. The film’s alcoholic journalist may be somewhat autobiographical, as both the journalist and Dexter, a journalist prior to writing novels, were beaten senseless by an angry drunken mob. Areas like God's Pocket exist, but most of us have been lucky to rarely have exposed to such pockets of hell.

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2015

Unusual urban story that was as warm-hearted and violent at once.

Chapel_Hill_MeeghanR Dec 01, 2014

Dark, disturbing, funny, and beautiful, with amazing performances by the entire cast. Not an easy film to watch, but a good one.

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jimg2000
Jan 21, 2015

Richard's column: Until recently, you only had to die once in this city…even if you came from God's Pocket. There was a time when a 23-year-old working man could die once, have the event noticed in his local newspaper, and then move on to his reward without the complications of an additional death. … Leon Hubbard's death was reported incorrectly by this newspaper last week. But, then, Leon Hubbard wasn't important. … Leon Hubbard was like the other working people of God's Pocket, dirty-faced, uneducated, neat as a pin inside. … They work, marry, and have children who inhabit the Pocket. … and they argue there about things they don't understand- politics, race, religion. And in the end, they die like everyone else … Leaving their families and their houses and their legends. And there is a dignity in that.

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jimg2000
Jan 20, 2015

Opening dialogue:

The working men of God's Pocket are simple men. They work. They follow their teams. They marry and have children who rarely leave the Pocket. Everyone here has stolen something from somebody else or when they were kids they set someone's house on fire or they ran away when they should have stayed and fought. They know who cheats at cards and who slaps their kids around. And no matter what anybody does, they're still here. And whatever they are is what they are. The only thing they can't forgive is not being from God's Pocket.

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