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I was talked into renting this movie the other night at the video store by the clerk and was pleased with the film. It is very much your typical mob film, but good acting all around really helps. Danny Aiello is back playing a scheming mob personality with Tony Danza in an impressive performance as a guy stuck in a bad situation who fights back. The main plotline involving the exotic and beautiful lead actress playing Gabriella and Vincent Spano (of "Alive" and "Indian Summer") is a nice story but towards the end the plot becomes cheesy. The worst actor award goes to Rick Aiello who just gets really annoying about an hour into the film. I can't believe he won an award for it!! But, overall it was an impressive little independent mob film that is better than the latest Mario Puzzo TV mini-series starring Kirstie Alley.
A Danny Aiello fan, I read the viewer's comments and purchased the VHS.
Apparently shot on location in Brooklyn, the characters portray the residents well. In an old Italian neighborhood, they try hold onto their traditions. Sunday dinner in a paneled basement, Aunt Rose (Morgana King) PERFECT as the matriarch of the film with her Olive Oil fixer to all cooking issues working her garden in the backyard, deadpan Abe Vigoda as Uncle Guy, and Danny Aiello as the blood-sucking local in charge of the neighborhood.
His hands in everything, he appears to be the mayor of the area (with ever faithful bodyguard Vincent Pastore at his side), trying to keep the neighborhood as it was until an interloper (Gabriella) rents Aunt Rose's upstairs to make a film about Brooklyn. As the plot goes on, we learn that her movie is not about Brooklyn and family, but that her coming to this particular house was for a reason.
I agree with the previous poster, Rick Aiello was way over the top. (Maybe that's why Spike Lee gave him small roles in his films). You can figure out towards the middle what the real deal is, but it is still an interesting low budget film.
Danny Aiello's real estate solution to evicting tenants is really how they did it in Bushwick back in the 80's and his solution to getting the necessary construction permits are accurate too.
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This is a great mob film, and a must see for fans of this genre. What is amazing to me is how few people have seen in (based on only two reviews). Basically there are two reasons to watch this film 1: The incredible beauty of Maria Grazia Cuchotta.(Gabriella) 2: The real intense performance of Danny Aiello as a mob boss, who is one of the most untrustworthy and manipulative characters you will see in a film. Spoilers ahead: He is responsible for the deaths of the father's of Gabriella, protagonist Al (Vincent Spano), and countless other people (including Al's brother). The best part of the film is the ending where Al gets him to confess to the murders (of course, he had no idea it was on film (Gabriella is a documentary filmmaker)). I like the part at the end where Al (who is a restaurant owner), is shown taking care of his two year old nephew and his sister in law, and Gabriella (who came to Brooklyn from Italy with the intention of finding out the truth about her father), is also welcomed into the family (the two women drive to Coney Island with the baby as the film ends). Very easy 10/10
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