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Witness Protection (1999)

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A mobster, suspected of cooking the books, is targeted by the mob boss. His family manages to escape. He cuts a deal with FBI for witness protection program. A rough week follows for the family.

Director:

Richard Pearce

Writers:

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...

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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

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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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How the Witness Protection Works
4 August 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Boston, when the mobster Bobby "Bats" Batton (Tom Sizemore) 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 (William Sadler) to get protection to his family and him. Bobby accepts to snitch his boss; in return, his wife Cindy Batton (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), his teenage son Sean Batton (Shawn Hatosy), his little daughter Suzie Batton (Skye McCole- Bartusiak).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 (Forest Whitaker) 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?

"Witness Protection" is a HBO TV movie with a different approach of the witness protection program showing how does it works and how families are affected. In crime films, the procedure are shown in a shallow way; but this film uses the family of a mobster with wife, teenage son and little daughter to disclose the problems faced by the in their new location. Supported by great cast and direction, the most impressive are the odds to be successful, depicted when Agen Steven says 50% and his partner calls him optimistic. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Proteção à Testemunha" ("Witness Protection")


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Témoin à charge See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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