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Witness Protection (1999)

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In Boston, when the mobster Bobby "Bats" Batton is attacked by a killer at home and escapes, he finds that he has fallen in disgrace with his boss since someone has falsely betrayed him ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Pearce

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Robert Sabbag (article), Daniel Therriault (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Sizemore ... Bobby Batton
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Cindy Batton
Shawn Hatosy ... Sean Batton
Skye McCole Bartusiak ... Suzie Batton (as Skye McCole-Bartusiak)
Forest Whitaker ... Steven Beck
William Sadler ... Sharp
Jim Metzler ... Jim Cutler
Greg Pitts ... Duffy
Daniel Zacapa ... David Ramirez
Greg Lipari Greg Lipari ... Hit Man (as Greg Lipari Sr.)
Leon Russom ... Reedy
Joanna Merlin ... Cindy's Mother
Harrison Young ... Cindy's Father
Randy Thompson ... First Marshal
Byron Minns ... Second Marshal (as Byron Keith Minns)
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In Boston, when the mobster Bobby "Bats" Batton is attacked by a killer at home and escapes, he finds that he has fallen in disgrace with his boss since someone has falsely betrayed him telling that he has embezzled money from his funds. Without any alternative, Bobby seeks out FBI chief Sharp to get protection to his family and him. Bobby accepts to snitch his boss; in return, his wife Cindy Batton, his teenage son Sean Batton, his little daughter Suzie Batton and him will receive new identities and be relocated to Seattle. Along the next days, they move to a safe house to be trained in their new lives by Agent Steven Beck that shows that they are completely broken and without professional qualification. Meanwhile the family lives the drama to adapt to their new lives. Will they succeed? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When The Mob Wants You Dead There's Only One Place To Hide...

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I lista tou ektelesti See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Alternate Versions

When showed on Finnsh television it was shown in two parts (50 min & 49 min). it was shown in a wide-screen, approx 1.78:1, format. This version left out little information on top and below and added a little to the sides compared to the version released on DVD in Finland (by FutureFilm)which is 96 minutes and in 4:3 Full frame format. See more »

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An 11 on the IMBD 1-10 scale.
9 November 2000 | by ktmphdSee all my reviews

How could anyone say the characters were shallow in this movie? If the characters had any more depth, the viewer would drown in the emotions being displayed.

This film is the only one I have ever given a 10 to. It is filled with sturm and drang. There is more angst than one could imagine. The characters are drowning in their own stress and dysfunctionality. One reviewer said that Mastrontonio was shrill. She was not, but her character was and justifiably so. Can anyone view the argument (fight) between her and Bobby (Sizemore) and not feel how overwhelmed she is and how much she feels betrayed?

Everyone associated with this film has risen to the occasion and gives the performance of a lifetime. Kudos to the Director, Richard Pearce for so artfully staging the brilliant script written by Daniel Therriault. And, as for the actors, each performs brilliantly. Applause to Whitaker, Sadler, Shawn Hatosy (the son) and Skye McCole Bartusick (the daughter). In fact, as a psychologist, I wonder if Skye was slightly traumatized after the role was over, having to portray a 5 year old who has lost her ability to rely on the world and her family. She is fear personified.

Special hats off to Mastrontonio for a superb performance as the wife who stands by her man until he breaks the last straw.

Finally, what can be said about Sizemore's performance except it is MASTERFUL! His Bobby Bats makes Gandolfini's Tony Soprano look like an altar boy. Are he and Gandolfini secret twins, as it is hard now to look at one and not think of the other? The breadth of emotion portrayed by Sizemore show that here is a talent to notice. I thought he was good in The Florentine (see it), but this is superior by tenfold.

This is a giant of a film. Were it a commercially produced product versus one by HBO, I suspect it would have led to nominations for Best Actor and Actress, Best Suppporting Actor, Best Writer, Best Director and Best Film, that's how good this film is.


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