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Find Me Guilty (2006)

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In the late 1980s, a low level gangster named Jackie DiNorscio defends himself in court in what became the longest criminal trial in American judicial history.

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Sidney Lumet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vin Diesel ... Jackie DiNorscio
Alex Rocco ... Nick Calabrese
Frank Pietrangolare Frank Pietrangolare ... Carlo Mascarpone
Richard DeDomenico ... Tom Napoli
Jerry Grayson ... Jimmy Katz
Tony Ray Rossi Tony Ray Rossi ... Joe Bellini
Vinny Vella Vinny Vella ... Graziedei
Paul Borghese ... Gino Mascarpone
Frank Adonis Frank Adonis ... Phil Radda
Nicholas A. Puccio ... Alessandro Tedeschi (as Nick Puccio)
Frankie Perrone Frankie Perrone ... Henry Fiuli
Salvatore Paul Piro Salvatore Paul Piro ... Mike Belaggio
Peter Dinklage ... Ben Klandis
Richard Portnow ... Max Novardis
James Biberi ... Frank Brentano
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Storyline

The mobster Jackie DiNorscio is shot by his own cousin at home while in probation but survives. Later he is arrested dealing drugs and sentenced to thirty years in prison. The prosecutor Sean Kierney proposes a deal to Jackie, immediately releasing him if he testifies against the Lucchese family and other mafia families but Jackie does not accept to rat his friends that he loves. When the trial begins, he asks the judge Finestein to defend himself without the assistance of a lawyer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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mafia | mobster | court | judge | drugs | See All (30) »

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Sometimes the best defense. . . is a wiseguy.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Find Me Guilty: The Jackie Dee Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$608,804, 19 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,173,673, 30 April 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,636,637, 2 October 2012
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Pesci was originally courted for the role of Jack DiNorscio. See more »

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During the poker scene on the boat, which takes place in 1987, the 2004 short film Gopher Broke is playing on television. See more »

Quotes

Giacomo 'Fat Jack' DiNorscio: Mr. Petraki, you was a college teacher?
Peter Petraki: Yes.
Giacomo 'Fat Jack' DiNorscio: Now, in those courses that you taught... In, what was it, politics? Machiavelli's a big deal, am I right?
Peter Petraki: A very big deal.
Giacomo 'Fat Jack' DiNorscio: I mean, we're not talking about a made guy in the Lucchese family.
Peter Petraki: No, we are not.
Giacomo 'Fat Jack' DiNorscio: So my question is... how could you make a mistake like that? I mean, you're this educated guy, right? And a lot of us, most of us, didn't even get through high school, except maybe Carlo. So your testifying here can hurt us. Do you see what I'm ...
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.14 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)
Written by Mark Fisher, Joe Goodwin and Larry Shay
Used by permission of EMI Mills Music, Inc.
Performed by Louis Prima
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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Vin's best
14 March 2006 | by nimblelandSee all my reviews

I just saw this last night in Seattle. What drew me in was Sidney Lumet and when it started saying that all courtroom dialog was direct from transcripts of this trial, I sat forward.

This turns out to be a classic New York Lumet film with all the trimmings. Vin does some of his best work to date (and I actually like some of his other films. This is not the all in the head of the writer trick - the transcript is the real heart of the film and so the key is truly bring to life the real words. That's not a simple thing. Lumet has the right balance to make it all work.

For those that would ignore or wait for the DVD, take a chance and see with an audience. You do not get this kind of film from a great director of Lumet's caliber every day.


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