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Jay Brazeau ... The Dean
Gentry Bromfield ... Jimmy (as Gentry F. Bromfield)

Joseph Campanella ... Nino (as Joe Campanella)

John Cassini ... Marco

Jonathan Crombie ... Bennie

Frida Betrani ... Mary (as Frida Bterrani)
Arlene Fenster ... Nurse
Frank Ferrucci ... Darrio
Michelle Grana ... Elanor
Charlotte Hill ... Little Girl

Michael Ironside ... Natino
Stefania Ciccone ... Mother (as Stephania Ciccone)
Campbell Lane ... Enzo
Sharlene Martin ... Blonde at Party

Johannah Newmarch ... Marla

Paris Mileos ... Restaurant Owner (as Paris A. Mileos)

Catherine Mary Stewart ... Lia

Paula Spurr ... Nick's Girlfriend
Evan Tylor ... Nick (as Rae Scrivano)
Howard Storey ... Parker
Michael Tiernan ... Piero
Gordon White ... Little Girl's Father
Denalda Williams ... Vera
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ric Walkington ... Watermelon Vendor (uncredited)

Directed by
Rex Bromfield 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rex Bromfield 
Frank Procopio 

Produced by
Richard Davis .... producer
Robert Vince .... producer
William Vince .... associate producer
Original Music by
Amin Bhatia 
Cinematography by
Philip Linzey 
Film Editing by
Richard Benwick 
Casting by
Ingrid Fischer 
Ingrid Fisher 
Production Design by
Robert Logevall 
Art Direction by
Lynne Stopkewich 
Costume Design by
Carla Hetland 
Makeup Department
Kandace Loewen .... hair stylist
Pearl Louie .... makeup department head
Production Management
James Shavick .... executive in charge of production
William Vince .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacquie Gould .... third assistant director
Kathy McDougall .... second assistant director
Blair Roth .... first assistant director
Mellanie Siteman .... third assistant director
Art Department
Scott Calderwood .... props
Philip Jones .... construction coordinator
Marta McLaughlin .... property master (as Marta Schatz)
Ric Walkington .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Frank Faugno .... sound effects editor
Michael Keeping .... foley artist
Martin Lacroix .... boom operator
Patrick Ramsay .... sound mixer
David M. Richardson .... supervising sound editor
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Sheppard .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Watrych .... foley artist
Scott J. Ateah .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bickel .... best boy
Robert Creese .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Tim Harvey .... still photographer
Kevin McBride .... dolly grip
Hamish McIntyre .... key grip
Shawn Milsted .... best boy
Brian C. Murphy .... first assistant camera
Cameron Pashak .... still photographer
Rod Pridy .... camera operator
Ian Roscorla .... second assistant camera
Brian Savage .... gaffer
Mark Zagar .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharon Fedoruk .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Pamela Benwick .... assistant editor
Gay Black .... negative cutter
Caroline Hardon .... second assistant editor
Location Management
Steve Granger .... location coordinator
Christina Kasperczyk .... location coordinator
Music Department
Cos Natola .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Lawrence Albright .... driver
James Lewko .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Rex Bromfield .... script consultant
Mary-Lynn Burke .... production coordinator
Jean Christopher .... script supervisor
Richard Davis .... script editor
Angela Devlin .... publicist
Frank Procopio .... associate director

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Argentina:94 min
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A Limited Budgetary Allowance And Uninspired Direction Is Fortunately Overcome By Hard-Working Players And Crew., 13 April 2006
Author: rsoonsa ( from Mountain Mesa, California

This Canadian made film, shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, essentially has no actual beginning, ending or even middle, due to an episodic structure that would allow for a wide interchangeability of scenes, but despite this lack of cohesion and oversight, the work is consistently entertaining due to zealous performances by some members of the cast along with surprisingly high production values. Producer Frank Procopio, who also contributes the original screenplay, has selected for background some elements that have parallels with his own life - he is a dentist and of Italian descent, and the principal character here, Bennie (Jonathan Crombie) is shown attending the University of British Columbia School of Dentistry, additionally having close ties with his extended Italian-Canadian family group. Bennie's plans to become a dentist languish when his favourite uncle Nino (Joseph Campanella) dies, leaving to the young man his home in addition to a business, Cafe Romeo, but Ben is labouring as well with other concerns, because he is in love with Lia (Catherine Mary Stewart), wife to his first cousin Piero (Michael Tiernan), and must also deal with his closest friend Marco (John Cassini), a penny stock player who has gulled Bennie into being part of a risky financial "investment". To complicate the plot even more Lia, finding little of abiding merit within her marriage to a tyro Mafia thug who is undermining her self-confidence, and who urges her to make a life by working at the restaurant and bearing babies, longs for a brighter existence as a fashion designer, for which vocation she has an employment offer in New York City that would plainly jeopardize a potential romance with Bennie, for whom she harbours passionate although unfulfilled affection. Philosophical differences between Procopio and the film's director blunt the work's effectiveness, and it becomes in the main a loosely linked series of independent sketches yet, although any type of primary storyline is submerged beneath a glut of subplots, many of the actors ably contribute traditional skills, and in spite of some very poorly constructed moments, it is a tribute to the energy of many involved here that a generally amiable atmosphere is maintained. A nicely descriptive score is from Amin Bhatia, and cinematographer Philip Linzey is efficient with a variety of moods and action, and those scenes deploying extras are neatly organized, a viewer eventually willing to overlook the film's unfocused structure, thanks to effective turns from most of a cast that enlivens this piece that often is cumbered with banal dialogue and action.

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