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blue[added to TheReel 8.30.08] -- Based on the novel "Heart of the Old Country" by Tim McLoughlin, adapted for the screen by Tatiana Blackington, THE NARROWS is a gripping, heartfelt story about life's crossroads, and how difficult it can be to choose which way to go. Mike Manadoro (Kevin Zegers), a young man from the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, wants nothing more than to leave the old neighborhood and study photography at a prestigious Manhattan university. The problem is Mike's father Vinny (Vincent D'Onofrio), a retired sanitation worker-turned-bookie, is on disability and does not have the financial means to support his son's dream.

When local mob boss Tony (Titus Welliver) offers Mike a well-paid job delivering a mysterious package, he thinks he has found his ticket to freedom. Mike soon saves enough money to enter college and there he meets the beautiful and intellectual Kathy Popovich (Sophia Bush). She is thesky complete opposite of every girl he has ever met, but in order to keep her around, he needs to hide his new gig.

However, when Mike's tough childhood buddy Nicky Shades (Eddie Cahill), gets back from Afghanistan and is looking for a job, trouble ensues. In this world of small-time crime, friendship and loyalty are in short supply. The stakes only get higher as it becomes clear Mike must quickly decide which way his life is going to turn, and that no matter what he chooses, there will be consequences.

Directed by Francois A. Velle, THE NARROWS also stars Monica Keena, Roger Rees, Tony Cucci, Michael Kelly, Anthony Fazio, Louis Mustillo, Esau Pritchett, and Radu Spinghel. Produced by Leslie Urdang, Ami Armstrong, Tatiana Blackington, Michael Nozik, Todd James, Michael Hoffman, Dean Vanech, Daniel Revers and Nicolas Velle. Co-produced by Geoff Linville and Fran Giblin.

::: Production Notes and Film Stills are courtesy Serenade Films. Still Photography by Julia Griner. :::

::: Additional information on The Narrows :::

THE NARROWS premieres at the Toronto Int'l Film Festival, September 4-13, 2008.
Monday, September 8th at 6:16 PM at AMC 6
Tuesday, September 9th at 9:00 AM at Varsity 7 - Press/Industry
Tuesday, September 9th at 7:45 PM at Varsity 8
Wednesday, September 10th at 2:30PM at Varsity 7 - Press/Industry
Saturday, September 13th at 3 PM

TALENT AVAILABLE:  Director Francois A. Velle, Kevin Zegers, Sophia Bush,
Vincent D’Onofrio on September 8 and 9.

Live Q & A after screening of "The Narrows" in NYC - June 19, 2009