• Publication date: February 20, 2012

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

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A successful author returns to his childhood stomping grounds after 20 years.

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Duration: 120

Production Year: 2006

MBC 2:

February 15, 2014 04:30 (KSA) ~ February 15, 2014 03:30 (CLT)

In the mid-1980s DitoMontiel (Shia LaBeouf) was an ordinary child roaming the streets of Astoria, a neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York.  Montiel's idealistic childhood ended amidst a battle with a Puerto Rican gang though, resulting in one friend's premature death and another's imprisonment.

Before Dito suffered the same fate he fled to Los Angeles, where after two decades of struggle he established himself as a respected author.  Back in Queens his father is nearing death, and so Montiel (now depicted by Robert Downey Jr.) travels there to reconcile while simultaneously closing an unfortunate chapter of his life.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints was nominated for a Teen Choice Award and won two Awards at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. 

Directed by: Dito Montiel


  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Shia LaBeouf
  • Rosario Dawson
  • Melonie Diaz
  • Eric Roberts