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The Hitmen Diaries: Charlie Valentine (2009)

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Charlie Valentine (Raymond J. Barry), notorious crime boss/mobster, attempts to pull one last heist before slipping into "retirement". When the heist goes sour, however, he's forced to go ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond J. Barry ... Charlie Valentine
Michael Weatherly ... Danny Valentine
James Russo ... Rocco
Tom Berenger ... Becker
Steven Bauer ... Ferucci
Maxine Bahns ... Jenny
Valerie Dillman ... Blondie
Keith David ... Sal
Dominiquie Vandenberg ... Dom
Robert Blanche ... Wiseass
Kevin Scott Allen ... Marko
Randy Crowder ... Teddy
Glenn Taranto ... Mob Collector
Anthony Vitale ... Mob Driver
Vernon Wells ... Broad
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Charlie Valentine (Raymond J. Barry), notorious crime boss/mobster, attempts to pull one last heist before slipping into "retirement". When the heist goes sour, however, he's forced to go on the run. Seeking help from his estranged son, Danny (Michael Weatherly), Valentine finds himself teaching his son the tricks of the trade. After an attempted scam on Danny's boss, and with a mobster on his tail, Valentine must decide whether or not he has enough goodness in himself to save his only son...a son who might die thanks to Valentine's mistakes. Written by The Mariah

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, sexual content and pervasive language | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hitmen Diaries: Charlie Valentine See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Raymond J. Barry and Tom Berenger also appeared in Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Training Day (2001). See more »

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Charlie Valentine: It isn't necessarily that I'm immoral of character, I just don't take great stock in the morality of others, that's all.
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Redemption and the proper use of the straight razor.
10 September 2010 | by actionfilm-2See all my reviews

Charlie Valentine is a self absorbed and aging gangster, with a wealth of knowledge concerning the lifestyle. He searches out the son he vaguely remembers and takes advantage of the young man's desire for a father and son relationship. Don't get the mistaken idea this is a family melodrama, Charlie Valentine is a gangster film thru and thru.

While big studios put much money, star power, and effort into making standard quality gangster films like Public Enemies and American Gangster, along comes an unassuming writer/director named Jesse Johnson who, with a fraction of the time schedule and budget, makes producing a quality crime film look as easy as a ringin' a bell. Interesting three dimensional characters, solid pacing, smart dialog, skilled cinematography, well staged and believable action, these are just a few of the elements that make this an above average project. These days plenty of films sport an entire cast made up of familiar faces with name recognition, but making proper use of the talent is another matter altogether. No such problem with Charlie Valentine, as it uses it's cast to great effect. Raymond J. Barry as the titular Valentine is excellent and Michael Weatherly compliments him well, meanwhile veteran actors like Steven Bauer, James Russo, Keith David, Vernon Wells, and Tom Berenger, all step up to the plate and deliver the cinematic goods. Is this on par with the best of Scorcese or Bogart? No, though that's a very short list, but Charlie Valentine easily rises above many of it's gangster film contemporaries.


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