February 21, 2012
IN THEATRES: OCTOBER 20, 2000 (NY/LA)
When an innocent man, Leo Handler (Mark Wahlberg), is released from serving a prison sentence for a crime committed by a group of his friends, he settles into a solid job working for his Uncle Frank (James Caan.) But, as he gets reacquainted with old friends (Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron) and begins to adjust back to "free" life, he realizes that his family is involved in vicious web of crime in which he is deeply entangled. With no way out, Leo must choose between his family and the law. THE YARDS is a fast-paced crime drama set in the subway yards of New York City.
Theatrical release: October 20, 2000
Filmed on location in Queens, New York.
James Caan's character, Frank Olchin, was inspired by director James Gray's father, who was involved in a New York City racketeering scandal during the mid-eighties.
The climactic street fight between Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg at the end of THE YARDS was real. Phoenix stated in an interview that the two mostly improvised the fight and actually beat each other up.