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Cry Wolf 

A mob boss is accused of ordering a hit on a urban vigilante group leader who was seeing his mistress. However, when the mistress is killed before the trial, he insists that he truly loved her and had absolutely nothing to do with it.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Farina ... Joe Fontana
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Elisabeth Röhm ... Serena Southerlyn
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Arthur Branch
José Zúñiga ... Christoff (as Jose Zuniga)
Tom Mason ... Matt Wolchesky
Arthur J. Nascarella ... Michael Ruffino (as Arthur Nascarella)
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Joe Piscopo ... Jarret Whitestone
David Lipman ... Judge Morris Torledsky
Connie Winston Connie Winston ... Judge Shirley Taylor
Alfred Sauchelli Jr. ... Angelo Simonetti
Patricia Buckley ... Liz


The detectives are skeptical when a former street activist turned shock jock with a history of staging phony muggings to gain publicity for his causes appears to be the subject of an attempt on his life after publicly assailing a mobster, but they begin to believe his story after they discover that the married jock was involved with the mobster's mistress. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

17 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fictional Christoff, founder of the Ministers of Justice, radio "shock jock", and target of attempted murder, has several similarities to the real-life Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, radio host, and target of attempted murder. See more »


A person that pleads guilty to assault in the second degree cannot, by law, receive a sentence of probation only. As a violent class D felony assault two carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison and a maximum sentence of seven years in prison. See more »


Detective Ed Green: You know Tina was seeing Ruffino, too, right?
Christoff: I didn't like it, but I was in no position to tell her what to do.
Detective Joe Fontana: Does he know about you?
Christoff: I don't think so. Wait a minute, you don't think that's why he might've tried to bump me off, do you?
Detective Joe Fontana: [sarcastic] Hmm, let me take a guess... yeah, it's a thought.
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References Cry Wolf (1947) See more »

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The shock jock and the Don
8 September 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A whole lot of bodies start to pile up in this one. Initially Jose Zuniga, radio talk show host modeled on Curtis Sliwa of the Guardian Angels, is victim of an attempted assassination. After that a Mafia hit-man is gunned down in a pizzeria.

But there is a real tragic side to this story. A young kid with the same name and cousin to another made Mafia guy is also killed in a case of mistaken identity. And then gallery owner Nicolette Hart is asphyxiated.

She's at the root of all this. She's the girlfriend of Don Arthur J. Nascarella and she's been stepping out on him with Zuniga who takes a particular delight in baiting Nascarella on his radio show.

This is a most testosterone driven Law And Order episode. But the end has a real twist to it.

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