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Witness Protection (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama  -  11 December 1999 (USA)
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Bobby "Bats" Batton, a South Boston mobster, barely escapes a hit man sent by his boss who's learned that Bobby is cooking the books. Bobby goes to the FBI to trade what he knows for a new ... See full summary »

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Bobby Batton
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Cindy Batton
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Sean Batton
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Suzie Batton (as Skye McCole-Bartusiak)
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Steven Beck
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Sharp
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Jim Cutler
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Duffy
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David Ramirez
Greg Lipari ...
Hit Man (as Greg Lipari Sr.)
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Reedy
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Cindy's Mother
Harrison Young ...
Cindy's Father
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First Marshal
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Second Marshal (as Byron Keith Minns)
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Bobby "Bats" Batton, a South Boston mobster, barely escapes a hit man sent by his boss who's learned that Bobby is cooking the books. Bobby goes to the FBI to trade what he knows for a new identify for himself, his wife, a son who's a high-school wiz kid aiming for Harvard, and a young daughter. The four of them spend an intense week with a federal marshal who coaches them in their new identities before they establish a household, without money or a resume, in Seattle. Bobby's wife learns that they're penniless, Bobby is still trying to figure out who ratted on him, their son wants to leave and take his chances in Boston, and their daughter is traumatized. Can they work it out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When The Mob Wants You Dead There's Only One Place To Hide...

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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »

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Surprisingly good movie...
14 November 2008 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This movie is the kind that TV airs by the dozen late in the evening. It is not advertised as something special, just a nice thrill to entertain you before bedtime.

However, it is a very solid, well turned story, showing another side of the gangster/new identity tale that we have seen many times before. We get under the skin of a family forced into assuming a new identity. A son has to give up his access to a famous college and a daughter has to give up her friends at school and learn a whole new family history. Grand parents are said goodbye to, never to be seen again. All the difficulties of assuming a new identity are well described and explored in this film, and the acting is no-nonsense, to the point and convincing. Forest Whitaker is (as always) perfect in his role, but in fact all actors contribute convincingly to the story.


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