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Vendetta (1999)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 3 July 1999
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Based on a true tale of power, corruption and murder, Christopher Walken stars in the story of the largest lynching in American history...

Director:

Nicholas Meyer

Writers:

Richard Gambino (book), Timothy Prager (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... James Houston
Luke Askew ... William Parkerson
Clancy Brown ... Chief Hennessy
Alessandro Colla ... Gaspare Marchesi
Andrew Connolly ... Sheriff Bill Villere
Bruce Davison ... Thomas Semmes
Joaquim de Almeida ... Joseph Macheca
Andrea Di Stefano ... Vincent Provenzano
Edward Herrmann ... D.A. Luzenberg
Richard Libertini ... Giovanni Provenzano
George Martin ... Judge Baker (as George N. Martin)
Pierrino Mascarino ... Antonio Marchesi
Daragh O'Malley ... Dominic O'Malley
Kenneth Welsh ... Mayor Joe Shakspeare
Gerry Mendicino Gerry Mendicino ... Charles Mantranga
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Based on a true tale of power, corruption and murder, Christopher Walken stars in the story of the largest lynching in American history...

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of brutal violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

3 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vendetta - Das Gesetz der Gewalt See more »

Company Credits

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The 50 star US flag is seen in the movie poster, which didn't exist at the turn of the 19th/20th century. See more »

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Hard to swallow, but a necessary part of history

Vendetta is a tough film to watch without feeling sadness and outrage, but such is the stuff that HBO churns out, honest pieces of history that sting you with their refusal to honey coat or gloss over the nasty details (I'm looking at you, History Channel). This one takes place in 1890 New York City, a time of mass Irish and Italian immigration which spurred a ton of unrest among those already settled and raised in that area. Everyone is fighting tooth and nail for a piece of the pie and a chance to feed their families, and the ones with a bunch of pie just greedily want more. The influx of Italians is a cause for insidious worry for James Houston (Christopher Walken), an obscenely wealthy and deeply corrupt piece of schit. He's joined by equally nasty William Parkinson (Luke Askew), and Mayor Joe Shakespeare (Kenneth Welsh), as the trio cook up an evil scheme to implicate a few young Italian men in the mysterious death of a sympathetic and kindly Irish police chief (Clancy Brown). This sets in motion a tragic outbreak of riots and and angry acts of violence against the Italians. Even their union representitive Joseph Macheca (Joaquim De Almeida) cannot bring peace or stop what Walken and team have started. You may think why make a film of this, as it heads straight for the bleakest of resolutions, but I think it's important to shine a light on even the darkest patches of history, in order to understand the levels of deception and human cruelty so that we may see it coming before it's too late next time around. This was a terrible, terrible event and the film hits you square in the face with it's blunt truth and unwavering honesty. Kudos to HBO fpr taking it on. Watch for the late Edward Herrmann and Bruce Davison as rival lawyers in the chaos.


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