A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.
Billy Bob Thornton,
The mobster Jackie DiNorscio is shot by his own cousin at home while in probation but survives. Later he is arrested dealing drugs and sentenced to thirty years in prison. The prosecutor Sean Kierney proposes a deal to Jackie, immediately releasing him if he testifies against the Lucchese family and other mafia families but Jackie does not accept to rat his friends that he loves. When the trial begins, he asks the judge Finestein to defend himself without the assistance of a lawyer. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Giacomo DiNorscio died 14 November 2004, during the film's production. See more »
While the movie is set in the late 1980s, many of the cars seen in some of the outdoor scenes were not produced until the late 1990s or early 2000s. For example, in one outdoor scene before the verdict is read, a 2004/2005 Mercedes 350SC or 500SC is clearly seen. See more »
Giacomo 'Fat Jack' DiNorscio:
[from hospital bed]
... speakin' of which, how many times I gotta tell ya, if see me shot 20 times, or you come in the room, I got my head cut off - ya don't call the cops!
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When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)
Written by Mark Fisher, Joe Goodwin and Larry Shay
Used by permission of EMI Mills Music, Inc.
Performed by Louis Prima
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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why is it I always leave movies with organized crime themes rooting for or embracing the criminals
I'm sure most of the comments about this movie will center around Diesel's amazing performance, but I'd like to focus on the overall quality of this film. From the time the movie gets to the courtroom, the true beauty of this film shines. Every character from the judge to the prosecutors were all well casted and their roles well defined and executed.
My one concern is why is it I always leave movies with organized crime themes rooting for or embracing the criminals. Their life style certainly is not most people would wish to emulate but yet most films which portray them don't manage to tap into the conscious citizen in all of us, somehow the writers and producers undermine your sense of right and wrong and render you powerless to pass negative judgement on the criminal.
With that aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and welcome feedback on my commetns regarding my rant.
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