REVIEWS & ACCLAIM
"A potent tribute to out-of-work Americans..."
"Robert Jury's affecting drama deserves attention
for the fine performances at the center of this
"This timely drama about factory closures in the Rust Belt features a strong cast of characters including
Peter Gerety, Billy Brown and Talia Shire."
"Shire, known for her roles in the GODFATHER and ROCKY films... reminds us of what we've been missing."
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"WORKING MAN is a big little movie about
complicated people in tough circumstances, and it’s thoroughly remarkable cinema."
"Director Robert Jury’s blue collar drama takes place in an anonymous Rust Belt town that’s been gutted by the offshoring of the American manufacturing base in the last decades of the 20th century... Jury also wrote Working Man, and his script is brave enough not to immediately reveal everything about why a retirement-age factory worker like Allery Parkes (Peter Gerety) feels compelled to return to his station at the plant even after the gates are locked. Jury also lets us wonder at the silence between Allery and his loving wife, Iola (Talia Shire). This is how scripts work when the writer respects the audience, and patience is rewarded when this story about a labor dispute unfolds into a tale of familial grief told through a collection of fantastic ensemble performances."
"...Jury shoots his factory interiors in a jaundiced light while Allery’s nighttime walks are as spotlit and sorrowful as Edward Hopper paintings. WORKING MAN is a bleak beauty of a film that blossoms into something unexpected. Jury gives us the familiar trappings of a working class drama, but he steers clear of clichés. This is a movie about the dignity of work. It’s never pedantic or preachy, and it doesn’t glorify manual labor while ignoring the grit."
ARTS & CULTURE WRITER
"WORKING MAN is still easily one of the best films I've seen in 2019, mostly due to its incredible cast and the simple, honest emotional core of the tale being told. Set in a Rust Belt town slowly decaying as it loses many of its factories, this film is both timely in its story and timeless with that same story. The characters and relationships are fleshed out and feel like they are real people living in a real community, with a healthy mix of humor and drama."
SENIOR FILM PROGRAMMER
NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL
“It was one of our festival hits this year! It’s a great story with sympathetic characters you can’t help caring about. Great writing and beautifully put together. Bravo!"
SAN LUIS OBISPO INT'L. FILM FESTIVAL
"WORKING MAN is one of the most striking and provocative films I've seen in years. Up-to-the-minute relevant to issues facing us all, the story calmly and gently reels us in, and sustains our attention throughout. As a Theologian, I also saw profound moral and ethical issues being raised - but in a manner that was thoroughly entertaining and inviting of thought rather than being heavy, polemical, or scolding. In fact, although clearly not an intentionally "religious" film, nevertheless I saw Robert Jury's tale of the "Working Man" as a modern St. Peter confronting issues in contemporary America with genuine thought, but also ultimately a joyful hope. I have already started strongly recommending it to colleagues, friends, and students. This is a film that will inspire important discussions for years."
DR. DANIEL L. SMITH-CHRISTOPHER
PROFESSOR, THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES
"WORKING MAN is such a timely and unexpected picture about the dignity of work centered around a beautiful performance by Peter Gerety... The film reveals itself quite marvelously and our committee was impressed by (writer/director Robert Jury's) command of the material from scene to scene... We know the film will resonate with our audiences in Western New York, a city surrounded by the artifacts of its past as an industrial powerhouse."
JOHN J. FINK
BUFFALO INT'L. FILM FESTIVAL
"One of the films I heard attendees talking about the most at this year's fest... they loved it! The story pulls you in from the start... such a heartwarming movie!"
VERONICA ELLIOT LONCAR
KANSAS CITY FILM FEST INTERNATIONAL
"WORKING MAN is a real life look at blue collar America. This "never give up" story is loaded with grit and even more heart."
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