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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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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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Strong look at a struggling family.
20 December 1999 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Witness Protection is another fine example of HBO's strong line of original films (Mistrial, Vendetta, RKO 281). In Witness Protection, Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Bringing Out the Dead) stars as a mob man who has recently had a hit put out on him by his own boss. In order to protect himself and his family he agrees to testify against his boss and enter the witness protection program. After entering the program he soon realizes the stress this puts on his family as everyone begins to take sides against everyone else in a struggle to make it. Sizemore one of the best actors in the business gives a strong lead performance adding to his list of impressive performances. Forest Whitaker (Blown Away, Species) adds a great supporting performance as the man who leads the family into the program. Highly recommended.


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