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The Joe Spinell Story (2001)

The life and career of Joe Spinell. A great man. A great actor. Friend and all!

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Joe Cirillo Joe Cirillo ... Self
Tony Conforti Tony Conforti ... Self
Kate Forster ... Self
Robert Forster ... Self
Buddy Giovinazzo ... Self
Sonny Grosso Sonny Grosso ... Self
Patrick Jude Patrick Jude ... Self
William James Kennedy William James Kennedy ... Self (as William Kennedy)
William Lustig ... Self (as Bill Lustig)
Richard Lynch ... Self
Jason Miller ... Self
Caroline Munro ... Self
Frank Pesce ... Self
Grace Raimo Grace Raimo ... Self
Thomas C. Rainone Thomas C. Rainone ... Self (as Tom Rainone)
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Friends and colleagues from movie industry pay a tribute to the great late character actor Joe Spinell, known for his appearances in classics such as The Godfather (Part I and II), Rocky, Taxi Driver and the lead role in the slasher film Maniac. The documentary presents a little about Spinell as an actor and his performances and also tells about the man he was outside of the movie set. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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John Scott: Joe was a real goof-off off the set, but he was very serious to his acting when it came time for him to go on. No matter how inebriated he was or whatever. Sometimes, Joe would show up on the sets bombed drunk. But as soon as it came time for him to act on camera, he was right there and on the money.
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Spinell was more than just a "Maniac"
1 September 2002 | by GabitschSee all my reviews

Joe Spinell is best-known for writing, producing and starring in William Lustig's gritty, legendary horror movie "Maniac," the DVD of which showcases this documentary. "The Joe Spinell Story" plays like an A&E Biography, but more interesting because you really feel like you're unearthing something new here. A&E and the E! Network wouldn't even consider airing something on a "lowly" character actor. Too bad for them, but bully for you if you pick up the "Maniac" DVD. Spinell was an outstanding actor, who played all sorts of strange, diverse characters. His career is covered in this doc, but more importantly, you get a portrait of Spinell as a real person, with stories from Lustig, Jason Miller ("The Exorcist"), Robert Forster ("Jackie Brown"), plus other friends and family. The doc is funny, poignant and sometimes downright sad, but in the end you feel like you met the guy, perhaps even had a couple drinks with him. Watch it, then watch "Maniac" again. And then, search out Spinell's other work.


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