When the New York City police disrupt a big cocaine deal, the TV news reporters find John Falcone, a local mobster, nearby. They ask some tough questions, and Falcone decides he needs a ... See full summary »
Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Swing I (2003)
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A struggling musician happens upon a nightclub that's frozen in time.

Director: Martin Guigui
Stars: Constance Brenneman, Innis Casey, Tom Skerritt
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

The year is 2005. The prison system is run by the private sector. Business tycoon R.D. Crowley, has created a virtual reality prison. The prisoner's bodies are locked in suspended animation... See full summary »

Director: J. Christian Ingvordsen
Stars: Robert Davi, Matthias Hues, J. Gregory Smith
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

Terrorists destroy a chemical factory. A virus is released that infects the people of the town with a strange psychosis.

Director: J. Christian Ingvordsen
Stars: Joe Ambrose, Tom Banks, Jeff Barton
The Hustler (1961)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.

Director: Robert Rossen
Stars: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie
Firehouse (1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

Some sexy women get out of Fire Fighter School and go for the jobs they trained for, but first they must survive their male counterparts teasing them.

Director: J. Christian Ingvordsen
Stars: Gianna Palminteri, Martha Peterson, Renee Raiford
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

High above the Earth, Top Gun pilot turned astronaut, Frank White commands his first Space Shuttle mission. While in orbit, the science team headed by Doctor Bender runs a critical ... See full summary »

Director: J. Christian Ingvordsen
Stars: Frank Zagarino, Kayle Watson, J. Christian Ingvordsen
Hangmen (1987)
Action | Thriller | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

Rob Greene has information about an undercover terror team inside the CIA led by Joe Connelly. To stay alive with the knowledge, he is advised to stay undercover by his supervisor Andrews. ... See full summary »

Director: J. Christian Ingvordsen
Stars: Rick Washburn, Dog Thomas, Keith Bogart
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann
Stars: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A combination "before the rage" and "after the rage" of world middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta's tumultuous life and times.

Director: Martin Guigui
Stars: William Forsythe, Joe Mantegna, Tom Sizemore
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.

Director: Rod Lurie
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris
Action | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Considered too dangerous to be on the force, ex-cop Mickey McCardle is tormented by the brutal murder of his partner. When a serial killer begins to stalk the streets of New York, McCardle ... See full summary »

Directors: J. Christian Ingvordsen, Danny Kuchuck
Stars: Joe Ambrose, Tom Billett, Paul Borghese
Shocktroop (1989)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

The special commando Delta Force is sent behind the line of fire into the terrain of the enemy. Their mission goal is to destroy a base where the enemies prepare a new weapon: a combat ... See full summary »

Director: J. Christian Ingvordsen
Stars: Danny Aiello, Lyle Alzado, J. Christian Ingvordsen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Don Ricci
Johnny Stumper ...
Todd Barrett
David Henry Keller ...
John Falcone
...
Hector (as John Rano)
Danny Kuchuck ...
Juan Pendejo (as Oliver Daniels)
Steven Kaman ...
Martin Spostein (as Sven Nuvo)
Adrianna Maxwell ...
Whitney Barrett
Dan Lutsky ...
Vince Petracco
Angel Caban ...
Felix
Monica Helm ...
Janice
...
Linda
...
Sal
Neave Benton ...
Tommy Bradford
Tony Kruk ...
Tony
Buzzy Dannenfelser ...
Joey
Edit

Storyline

When the New York City police disrupt a big cocaine deal, the TV news reporters find John Falcone, a local mobster, nearby. They ask some tough questions, and Falcone decides he needs a public relations man to help burnish his image. He hires Todd Barrett, and he keeps Barrett in line with generous helpings of cocaine. Meanwhile, Falcone's unorthodox, violent, and sadistic methods get him cross-wise with Don Ricci, the boss. A mob war may break out. When Todd's wife is endangered, can the flack attack back at the racketeers? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Forget what you've heard. Forget what you've read. Forget what you've seen. In New York, this is the way it really is. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 October 1989 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

Todd Barrett's wife is referred to as Alyssa in the movie, but in the credits, the character is listed as "Whitney Barrett." See more »

Connections

References Search and Destroy (1988) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Your now part of the family kid, keep smiling
20 April 2006 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

(There are Spoilers) Giving the mob a bad name by pushing coke/cocaine on the streets of New York City top mobster John Falcone, David Henry Keller,is called in and chewed out by the head man in the Mafia Don Ricci, Jake LaMatta. Falcone is told that from now on his drug pushing days are over and he's now back to shaking down and skimming off the pension funds of the city unions. Despite Don Ricci decision on his future Falcone has other ideas.

Getting in touch with top New York public relations man Tod Barrett, Johnny Stoumper,to reinvent his image Falcone plans to knock off his replacement in the Mafia's drug operations Vince Petracco, Dan Lutsky. He also plans to take over the cocaine pipe-line from Columbia and the Columbia drug cartel in using a mercenary gang of ex-military men to take them out and then take over the cocaine trade in that country.

The somewhat naive Barrett gets out tons of TV radio and newspaper spots about the "great humanitarian" John Falcone's work in his helping the poor hopeless and downtrodden of New York. Where behind the scenes Falchone starts a major and bloody gang war that results in dozens of people getting gunned down and blown up all over the tri-state area. With his top rival in the drug business Vince Petracco being blown to pieces, as he was getting his hair cut, at his favorite barber shop in downtown Manhattan.

The mob gang war also effects the Columbian drug lords who came to the city to knock off Falchone in revenge for his having their cocaine operation taken over and men whacked. Which leads to them being easily wiped out as their more interested in getting high on coke then improving their aim and working in coordination with Falcone's enemy the Ricci mobsters.

While all this is happening Falchone keeps Barrett in line by hooking him on coke-cocaine and later having his friend ace investigative reporter Marty Spostein, Steven Kaman, kidnapped and murder to bring the point home to the now terrified Barrett. Later after Barrett himself was kidnapped and tortured by Falcone's hoods he finds one of the Columbian mobsters stone cold dead in his refrigerator and his wife Whitney, Andrianna Mexwell, missing and possible kidnapped by the Falcone mob.

Don Ricci himself escaping from being knocked off by Falcone's hoods lets out all stops to put an end to Falcone's reign of terror against the Five Mafia Famlies in NYC. But it's eventually the yuppie and nerdy PR man Todd Barrett, who reluctantly joins the Ricci Mob, together with part time boxer and Don Ricci hit-man Irish Mickey McCardle, J. Christian Ingvordsen,and Todd's wife Whitney who in the end does Falchone and his hoodlums in.

Very violent but at the same time mindless gangster movie that has ex-boxing middleweight champ Jake LaMatta doing a good imitation of a Mafia Don and enjoying every minute of if. Johnny Stumper as Todd Barrett the PR man turned action hero is anything but convincing as he dukes, and shoots, it out with Falcone's hood at the conclusion of the movie. Todd uses up about as much ammunitions as a fully equipped German Panzer Division and not hitting anyone. Todd had to hit the gas tank of Falcone's car to finally put an end to this outrageously unbelievable but at the same time unintentionally funny gangster flick.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Mob War (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?