A former street tough returns to his Philadelphia home after a stint in the military. Back on his home turf, he once again finds himself tangling with the mob boss who was instrumental in his going off to be a soldier.
February, 1991. Tommy, a Desert Storm marine dismayed that the US isn't taking out Saddam, breaks some rules and faces hard labor. An FBI agent offers him an out: go home to his gritty, dockside home in Pennsylvania and help get the goods on an Italian heroine dealer; in return, no prison time and no arrest of Tommy's brother Vincent and cousin Joey. Loyalty to family conflicts with loyalty to the code of the street. Can Tommy sort it out, protect his brother and cousin, and stay true? Do young men die - in the sands of the Middle East and on the mean streets of the US - for no reason? Written by
One of the Sicilians name is Provenzano, this is the name that the real life undercover officer used to bring down mafia hitman, Richard 'Ice Man' Kuklinski. See more »
Location errors abound as the story is based in Philadelphia. Most telling are: a Steelers logo on a beer billboard in one scene (would be an Eagles logo if in Philly); the Allegheny County '412' area code on a sign on a building for lease, late in the film; The PPG famous spiked tower in the background; famous Pittsburgh yellow bridges throughout; and key scenes at 'Wholey's' which is a real meat and fish landmark store in Pittsburgh's Strip District. See more »
They wanted me to set you up, you and Joey. But these greaseballs don't know us guys from 10th and Wolf.
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I was surprised at how much I liked this film, being that I had never heard of it. The story focuses on Tommy (James Marsden), who has just come home from the army, but he's now undercover (working for Brian Dennehey), to bring down the gangsters he grew up. He comes home to see his brother Vincent (Brad Renfro) and his cousin Joey (Giovanni Ribisi), and the story goes from there. I won't go into any more detail at the sake of not ruining the film, but it's very good. If you enjoy a good gangster film, then this is the one for you. I am giving it an 8 out of 10. Also notice certain celeb cameos, such as Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee, an d Dennis Hopper.
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