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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 ... 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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Stereo

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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99 Bottles
Written by Slaine (as George Carroll) and C. McIntire
Performed by Slaine
Courtesy of BMI/ASCAP
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Gritty Mafia crime thriller full of good performances.
5 December 2014 | by mac-gintySee all my reviews

A young gangster (Nick) achieves his lifetime goal of joining the Mafia and we see the struggle it causes between his family, friends and girlfriend. This is a well acted piece with a nice turn from Harvey Kietal as a crime Boss. Nicks life is complicated by his long term partner in crimes gambling indiscretions and this leads to an explosion of violence where everyone is affected.

Downbeat locations and realistic dialogue seem to add a feeling of doom for the Mafia lifestyle that is portrayed as dying out. The film is a bit reminiscent of The Town but on a smaller budget. Well worth the money as a rental but it is unlikely that you will feel the need to rush out and buy the Bluray. An all round solid effort.


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