Vinnie gets out of jail after serving 10 years and tries to find out who killed his younger brother - played by a young Robert de Niro.


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Cast overview:
Sam Nicoletti (1969 scenes) (archive footage)
Erica Moore (1969 scenes) (archive footage)
Jarred Mickey ...
Andrew Moore (1969 scenes) (archive footage) (as Jerry Micky)
Terrayne Crawford ...
Carole Moore (1969 scenes) (archive footage)
Martin J. Kelley ...
Mitch Negroni (1969 scenes) (archive footage) (as Martin Kelley)
Anthony Charnota ...
Vito Nicoletti (new scenes)
Vivian Buck (new scenes)
Erica Moore (new scenes)
John Medici ...
Joey (new scenes)
Lt. Benson (new scenes)
Paul (new scenes)
Tony Brande ...
Father Testa (new scenes)
Matt Greene ...
Marge's Assistant (new scenes) (as Matthew Greene)
Cemetery Caretaker (new scenes)
Jack Slater ...
Party Guest (new scenes)


Vinnie gets out of jail after serving 10 years and tries to find out who killed his younger brother - played by a young Robert de Niro.

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12 October 1979 (USA)  »

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Line of Fire  »

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Vito Nicoletti: How can I forget when you keep reminding me not to forget?
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Referenced in The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980) See more »

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Have footage, will profit
18 May 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Incorporates scenes from the 1969 film "Sam's Song" of Robert DeNiro (as Sam) playing an aspiring director who meets a couple (Warren and Mickey) and an apparently single woman (Crawford) with whom he develops mutual bonds over one party-filled weekend at the beach. But when he's murdered, his fiercely protective brother (Charnotta) vows to avenge his death and ten years' later upon his release from gaol, he pieces together Sam's final days to seek retribution.

Neither DeNiro nor Warren - whose stars had risen in the intervening years between the 1969 footage and this 1979 re-edit - appear in the subsequently shot scenes, though naturally much is made of their names in the credits for marquee value. Both Mickey and Crawford reprise their roles, but Charnotta is essentially the central character here, his interrogations abetted by Lisa Blount as his frustrated chauffeur who once 'worked' for his brother. James Brown has a couple of scenes as a detective warning Charnotta not to dig too deeply into his brother's murder, and the sultry Sybil Danning playing the modern-day Warren role is entirely wasted sitting behind a desk.

Tedious attempt at a film noir, bereft of action and suspense, just a dreary series of one-on-one conversations interspersed with flashbacks of the melodramatic romantic quartet, making the most out of DeNiro's scant, unrelated footage. Though there's an occasional promise of something entertaining, it never eventuates. Even the film's climax is a non-event, hampered by a shoestring budget that teases, but fails to deliver.

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