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Alejandro, a resourceful street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his sixteen-year-old sister.


  • Alejandro Polanco
  • Isamar Gonzales
  • Ahmad Razvi
  • Carlos Ayala
  • Laura Patalano
  • Nick Jasprizza
  • Carlos Zapata
  • Bedford T. Bentley

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Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani has followed up his well-received Man Push Cart with another penetrating portrait of life on the outskirts of New York.

Metacritic review by Michael Rechtshaffen
Michael Rechtshaffen
The Hollywood Reporter

Now we have an American film with the raw power of “City of God” or “Pixote,” a film that does something unexpected, and inspired, and brave.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Beautifully observed, and beautifully acted by the novice thespian Polanco (culled from a New York City public school), Chop Shop is at once a heartbreaker and a story of hope and the American Dream.

Metacritic review by Steven Rea
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer