This film documents the rise and fall of Buddy Cianci, former Mayor of Providence, RI. It shows how he turned a rundown New England city in a vibrant community. It also shows the corruption... See full summary »

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This film documents the rise and fall of Buddy Cianci, former Mayor of Providence, RI. It shows how he turned a rundown New England city in a vibrant community. It also shows the corruption of the community from which he benefited. Despite have been convicted on Federal RICO charges and having gone to prison, he remains beloved in Providence. Many argue that he could easily be elected again. Written by dstern1

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11 August 2005 (USA)  »

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Buddy: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Mayor  »

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Finally! A documentary that DOCUMENTS THINGS
5 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was simply excellent. It firmly follows the political legacy of Cianci from its genesis to its supposed end. Facts are presented plainly, without heavy-handed interpretation. The amount of primary footage from the Cianci era used in the film is astounding. Interviewees include aids to Cianci, executives of the Providence Phoenix, fellow politicos, the FBI agent who investigated Cianci, University of Rhode Island and Brown University professors, and common citizens of Providence. The documentary is extremely informative (though probably less so if you are a life-long Rhode Islander) and entirely entertaining, without looking like a rock concert (like Fahrenheit 9/11.) I'm a fan of Cinci myself, however I do have to say that the movie was very kind to him. The worst impression one gets about him is that he was lonely and sad. He could have been portrayed much worse. All said and done, this movie is well worth the kazillion dollars to go see it at Providence Place.


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