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Being a guy that grew up with an enormous crush on Alyssa Milano, i
assume this was going to be yet nothing crap-tastic C movie from the
television Diva. Yet, i was surprisely taken back by the dialogue and
heart that was delivered.
Great job to Alyssa, in the role that I think was written specifically for her brooklyn style. I say make a sequel...where does she go? does she quit the criminal life "cold turkey?" hopefully not.
James Caan is in this too, which i think made it a little more believable. by the way how old am I to believe Alyssa is in this movie at the end? The makeup tried to make her look older I think, but she is still way to gorgeous for that.
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Alyssa Milano was great in this movie and I am not just saying that because I am a fan of hers. The plot was interesting and nothing like Wisegirls. It is about a women with two kids who just lost her husband. She has no money so she starts to sell stolen cigarettes from this person that works for the mob. Then she starts to get more involved with the mob by fixing a restaurant and changing it into a night club. She is then asked to transfer money from Canada and agrees to. Years have passed and things get more complicated. She likes a man who is married and who kills his son. She finds out that the boss told him to and she wants out. She leaves with her children to Florida with the approval of the boss. And then most of the mob is either killed or arrested with the help of an FBI agent and an undercover man. I think this was a great movie even though it is a Lifetime production. Everyone should definitely see it.
Run of the mill parade of Italian American stereotypes.
Why is it that the only portrayal of Italian Americans is as mobbed up ignoramuses?
Italian women portrayed as cheap putanas or drug addicts.
And extra credit for a low class outer borough accent.
As if you have to speak like a moron to be Italian. Fuggedaboudid? You wouldn't be idiotic enough to ask a black person to say "yowsuh massa", so why the double standard?
The most infuriating part, is that if you complain about this injustice, you're characterized as being a front for the mob. Nice.
If I'm wrong (I'm not), please let me know of a positive portrayal.
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I will remember this movie as one of the most powerful movie portrayals
of a strong mother. What sets this apart from all other movies about
mothers is, this mother does not break down emotionally, but instead
she continues to figure out a way through to support her family and
that gives it the upper-hand of being inspirational! And i do believe
that this is based on a true story because i believe there are people
like her around and i am so glad to come across this testimony of life.
Alyssa Milano really did a splendid job in her role, which i knew she could pull it off with such a standard considering her potential. The rest of the cast did really well and the script is strong, not too heavy (which it is not suppose to be heavy, after all this is a lifetime movie) but still weighs heavily on the heart. In fact this movie is good enough to be of a blockbuster standard. If u want a heart felt movie that does not rely on too much crying and carries substantial courage and maternal strength, this is a must-watch.
THis Movie Wisegal was a made for TV movie shown on LifeTime, but please disregard that as it is far better then most if not many of the made for TV movie, you'll be totally surprised at how good this movie is, the acting the story the plot the editing etc. was excellent. This movie could have been a smash hit if it had appeared in movie theater's as it was just that good, I don't want to include any spoiler's so I"ll just say if you get a chance please see it and I'm pretty sure you'll agree that it is by far better then the average made for TV movie, I can't say enough about this flick as it surely was well made and well acted and had many stars in it which should be a hint that the accepted the change to take part in this well made well acted movie, I have to say I enjoyed it so much I actually viewed it two times, so you may want to make a copy of it for future viewing of it again at another time. I gave this movie Wisegal an A+ on all accounts you watch it and be the judge of how good a movie LifeTime showed.
'Made for TV' is not something that raises the expectations of the
viewer. I did not recall seeing Alyssa Milano in anything other than
'Charmed' and frankly I wasn't that impressed with her. Which makes it
all the more surprising how much I liked this film. The plot may not be
that original: Girl from disadvantaged background makes good, suffers
setback, pulls herself up through hard work, intelligence and (in this
case) a mobster who fancies her. Alyssas' character isn't portrayed as
the totally innocent victim of circumstance (so annoyingly common in
these scenarios) but gives her a little more realism. The rest of the
cast did well with less screen time: James Caan bought a little weight
to the cast and the children played their roles convincingly, but the
character I would have liked to see more of was the mother played by
What sets this film apart is the higher than average standard of acting, the non-cheesy script and the three dimensional characters.
Based on a true story of a widowed woman who tries to take advantage of
"the perks" in organized crime in order to raise her sons, Milano does
her best to stay out of the spotlight with the FBI while "dancing on
the fence" with the new man in her life.
This TV movie would probably rate higher with me, if it weren't so cliché. I'm a fan of Milano, but I found it predictable, not to mention boring, since 25% of the time devoted to the time slot was filled with commercials. I realize commercials pay for the film, but am I not paying for my cable TV? At one point, there was a 4 minute station break, 8 more minutes of film, followed by 5 more minutes of commercials. I guess it shows how promising this film is when I find more time to concentrate on how long this movie is, instead of its plot line.
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