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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bobby Batton
... Cindy Batton
... Sean Batton
... Suzie Batton (as Skye McCole-Bartusiak)
... Steven Beck
... Sharp
... Jim Cutler
... Duffy
... David Ramirez
Greg Lipari ... Hit Man (as Greg Lipari Sr.)
... Reedy
... Cindy's Mother
... Cindy's Father
... First Marshal
... 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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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »

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"Hi, I'm Joan Cooper"
14 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

There's inherent limitations built into most TV movies. They tend to feel just a little closed in, without a lot of focus on cinematography. "Witness Protection" has the sense of being (literally) in a locked room. It provides an opportunity to focus almost completely on the actors and their performances. And there's some great performances, too. The three leads (Sizemore, Mastrantonio, Whitaker) get deep under the skin of their characters. The interaction between Sizemore and Mastrantonio, especially, reaches a level of tenderness and darkness that's totally unanticipated.

This film works well to director Richard Pearce's ability with actors, but doesn't provide him much in the way of visual opportunity like some of his stunning feature films (Threshold, Country, The Long Walk Home, A Family Thing). But, although "Witness Protection" sounds uninteresting and doesn't look much better, it is a numbing, dramatic punch to the face. There's a ton of depth to the writing here, brought to full bear by the actors. The only off-key note was with young Skye McCole Bartusiak, who is sometimes forced to express levels of emotion that she's not completely capable of getting across. Watch this film, though. You just might get something from it.


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