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Federal Protection (2002)

"Chop Chop" Frankie Carbone has made a career out of stealing cars for the mob in Chicago. An attempted assassination by a mob boss goes badly and Frankie retaliates, only to wind up in the... See full summary »

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Anthony Hickox

Writer:

Craig Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Armand Assante ... Frank Carbone / Howard Akers
Angela Featherstone ... Leigh Kirkindall
Dina Meyer ... Bootsie Cavander
David Lipper ... Denny Kirkindall
Frank Chiesurin ... Sid
Tony Calabretta ... Pasquale 'Patsy' Dilepsi
Mark Camacho ... Joseph Pagnozzi
Steven P. Park Steven P. Park ... Chong-Sung (as Steven Park)
Chip Chuipka Chip Chuipka ... Marshal Donald Powers
Danny Blanco Hall Danny Blanco Hall ... Marshal Chuck Sturdevant
Maxim Roy ... Marjorie Watts
Anatoly Zinoviev Anatoly Zinoviev ... Teddy
Michael Filipowich ... Johnny the Face
Carl Alacchi ... Gio Brogianto
Maria Bertrand ... Vicky Brogianto (as Maria Yvonne Bertrand)
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Storyline

"Chop Chop" Frankie Carbone has made a career out of stealing cars for the mob in Chicago. An attempted assassination by a mob boss goes badly and Frankie retaliates, only to wind up in the hands of the Feds. Frankie agrees to testify against the mobsters and his life is suddenly worthless - unless he submits to going into federal protection. The FBI gives him a new name - Howard Akers - and relocates him to a sleepy middle-class suburb in Little Rock, AR. Howard catches the attention of his lovely neighbor, Leigh, a bored fund-raiser for a non-profit zoo whose husband, Dennis, is having an affair - and she knows it, but she doesn't know it's with her hot-blooded sister, Bootsie. Leigh becomes friends with the enigmatic Howard, but Dennis and Bootsie see an opportunity to earn the million-dollar bounty the mob has put on his head by turning him in to the mob. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Témoin sous protection See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color
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Doesn't Quite Work
12 January 2010 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

On paper FEDERAL PROTECTON just seems a workman like revenge thriller where someone turns stool pigeon and the mob have to hunt him down to keep his mouth shut and perhaps if the plot had been structured like this it might have worked slightly better . The problem is the story gets sidelined with a major subplot featuring someone wanting to make a lot of money by knowing where the stoolie is

Perhaps screenwriter Craig Smith can be excused slightly since my gut instinct is that director Anthony Hickox is more to blame for the film's failings . Hickox father Douglas was a director who could his turn his hand to different types of genre in films as diverse as THEATRE OF BLOOD and ZULU DAWN . Anthony is better known for his early horror films and seems slightly out of his depth as to how he should approach the material here . The film has the look of a lightweight 1980s film which seems at odds with the Taratinoesque dialogue though sometimes it delves in to erotic comedy thriller

That said Hickox has done well to cast Dina Meyer as Bootsie Cavander . She smoulders as a femme fatale who recognises a scheme to make money . Unfortunately the film seems to be pulling in different directions because the screenplay doesn't seem to have Bootsie as the main character but Ms Meyer is undoubtedly the best aspect of the film in much the same way as Linda Fiorentino is the best thing about THE LAST SEDUCTION . Perhaps the director should have insisted on a rewrite after the casting had been done ?


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