The bar in an old Pennsylvania steel town, housed with many of life's losers and disillusioned men, is the main setting for this slice-of-life film. Michael Madsen is the bar owner, who is ...
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The bar in an old Pennsylvania steel town, housed with many of life's losers and disillusioned men, is the main setting for this slice-of-life film. Michael Madsen is the bar owner, who is deep in debt to the town's book-maker and loan shark Burt Young. Chris Penn is one of the bar's main inhabitants as he hides from his failing marriage to Mary Stuart Masterson. The bartender's sister (Virginia Madsen) is about to be married, and her former fiancé (Tom Sizemore) shows up in town, after leaving her at the altar years before. Con man James Belushi runs a con on Perry to steal the money for the wedding caterer. As every plot in this multi-layered story seems to be at its worst, things look up because of an unlikely hero. Written by
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Terrific cast often times goes with not so terrific plot. Terrific plot with not so terrific cast is another misfire. "The Florentine" has both a cast and a plot that equals terrific everything. The interwoven converging stories contain no sex and just a nosebleed of violence, yet the movie works on all levels because of tremendous character development. In this movie nothing else matters except lifelong friendships, and that is a rare and wonderful foundation for "The Florentine". The movie is very quiet, has terrific dialog, surprisingly sharp, yet understated humor, and is positively a keeper for multiple viewings. - MERK
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