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The Yards is a crime thriller/drama with Mark Wahlberg, James Caan, Joaquin Phoenix and Charlize Theron, written and directed by James Gray. It was released in the fall of 2000, although it was shot in the spring and summer of 1998 and first due for release in fall 1999, this due to studio delays. The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television that includes numerous, often-overlapping sub-genres. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971 in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts) is an Academy Award-nominated American entertainer, formerly known as a rapper, now active as an actor and television producer. ... James Edmund Caan[1] (born March 26, 1940 in The Bronx, New York) is an Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American film, stage and television actor. ... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is an Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe Award winning, American actor. ... Charlize Theron (born August 7, 1975) is an Academy Award winning South African actress and former fashion model. ... Born in 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, James Gray is a film director and screenwriter. ...

The setting and plot is in the commuter rail yards in the outskirts of New York City, in the boroughs of the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. Corporate and political corruption is commonplace in "the yards", where contractors repair railway cars for the city Transit Authority (TA). Companies willing to win the bid sabotage rival companies' work the win the contracts. Murder and bribes toward officials are common. A Connex commuter train stands by the platform in Melbourne, Australia Regional rail systems, or commuter rail systems, usually provide a rail service through a central business district area into suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1613  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of United States. ... Queens Borough in New York City, in yellow Queens is one of the five boroughs of New York City, USA. Geographically the largest borough in the city, Queens is home to many immigrants and two of New Yorks major airports. ... Brooklyn (named for the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... In criminology, corporate crime refers to crimes either committed by a corporation, i. ... World map of the Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians. Blue colors indicate little corruption, red colors indicate much corruption In broad terms, political corruption is the misuse by government officials of their governmental powers for illegitimate...

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Leo Handler (Wahlberg) has just been released from prison for a car theft he didn't commit. Looking for a job, he finds his uncle Frank Olchin (Caan) who runs a railway car repair company. Joining on the job, he works with Willie (Phoenix). One night, a night heist goes bad on a rival company and a rail yard supervisor is stabbed and a cop beaten. Leo is fingered as a suspect. He must go on the run and prove his innocence and then bring down Frank and his company.

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MTA New York City Transit (the city transit authority) first refused the production companies to film at any of its yards because it believed the film portrayed the agency in a bad light. The film was shot in Queens, in Maspeth, Elmhurst, Roosevelt Island, Bronx, and New Jersey. The "rail yard" scenes were shot at the 207th Street shop on the New York City Transit system and at an abandoned freight yard in Brooklyn. The New York City Transit Authority (also known as NYCTA, NYCT or simply the TA for Transit Authority) is a New York State Authority that operates buses and subway trains in New York City. ... Maspeth is a small community in the borough of Queens, New York. ... Elmhurst is the name of some places in the United States of America: Elmhurst, Delaware Elmhurst, Illinois Elmhurst, Indiana Elmhurst, Kansas Elmhurst, Michigan Elmhurst, New York Elmhurst, Pennsylvania Elmhurst, Virginia Elmhurst, West Virginia Elmhurst, Wisconsin Elmhurst is also the name of a neighborhood in the borough of Queens in New... Main Street on Roosevelt Island Roosevelt Island, formerly known as Welfare Island, is a narrow island in the East River of New York City. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ...

The film was based on an actual corruption scandal in the mid-1980s involving the father of the director, James Gray.

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  • IMDb entry on The Yards

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