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By the Gun (2014)

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Nick, a young Boston Italian, trying to find purpose in the ideology of the mafia and finding his world turned upside down.

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James Mottern

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Emilio Mauro
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ben Barnes ... Nick Tortano
Leighton Meester ... Ali Matazano
Slaine ... George Mullins
Ritchie Coster ... Tony Matazano
Toby Jones ... Jerry
Harvey Keitel ... Salvatore Vitaglia
Paul Ben-Victor ... Vincent Tortano
Kenny Wormald ... Vito Tortano
Jay Giannone Jay Giannone ... Joe
Tully Banta-Cain Tully Banta-Cain ... Tommy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Bloomfield ... Mob Boss
Damien Di Paola ... Michael
Armen Garo ... Angelo
Robert Masiello Robert Masiello ... Lounge Patron
Sasha Olson Sasha Olson ... Lena
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Nick Tortano is a smooth-talking, ambitious criminal from the streets of Boston. After years spent working for and idolizing the Italian gangsters he finally proves himself to the boss and becomes a made man. However, once inside, Nick conflicts with a moneymaker for the Mafia and begins to drive a wedge between him and Boss. Written by Anonymous

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Nick wanted to be a made man until he found a reason to get out

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, sexual content, nudity, language throughout and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

God Only Knows See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The Ultimate Movie Review! - http://tss5078.blogspot.com - @tss5078
10 May 2015 | by Tss5078See all my reviews

When a man takes the oath to become a made guy in the Mafia, he promises to put the family before anything else. For most gangsters, this never becomes an issue, but for Nick Tortano (Ben Barnes) it becomes the basis for an impossible decision. A series of events lead Tortano into having to decide between his new family and his old one. Either choice means that someone he loves will become a target, and he has to decide, who in his life is the most expendable. Most films about the Mafia follow a very specific pattern, leading people to say all these films are the same. There is some truth to that, but By The Gun is certainly an exception. The film follows a new member is a small family and the story told from his point of view, giving us a very different look at La Costa Nostra. Ben Barnes stars in one of his first leading roles and was outstanding. Barnes, mostly recognized as an ancillary character from the Chronicles of Narnia series, finally steps into the spotlight and shows that he has what it takes to star. I was impressed with the story and setting of this film, but I wasn't crazy about the cast, in fact, there were several actors who really brought the quality of this movie down, but Ben Barnes wasn't one of them. His performance really added some legitimacy to this film and if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be recommending it at all. By The Gun is not your typical Mafia movie, because Nick Tortano isn't your typical gangster. He has a conscience that comes into conflict with his life of crime at every turn and watching him decide the fate of everyone he loves was really something worth watching.


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