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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A Fascinating, Funny & Tragic look at one of America's most colorful political characters
8 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a wonderful surprise "BUDDY' was. The filmmaker managed to evoke all sorts of emotions about this small-town, enigmatic mayor who, despite himself,turned the city of Rhode Island from a corrupt operation into a beautiful blueprint for a great American city.

BUDDY is one of those films you that definitely stays with you --many discussions were had about whether BUDDY CIANCI was a "good" guy or a "bad" guy masquerading as a do-go-oder. You are never quite sure if you're rooting for Cianci or for the government who is trying to catch him. It was well-written, funny at times; tragic at others, and the archive footage of Cianci was excellent. Also, the filmmaker's access to Cianci just prior to his conviction was really, really great. A truly entertaining, interesting documentary.


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