A group of lifelong mob movie extras mount a production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in their local Staten Island theater in order to finally get some speaking roles. But the theater is ...
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A group of lifelong mob movie extras mount a production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in their local Staten Island theater in order to finally get some speaking roles. But the theater is the secret hideout of a real-life gangster who fancies himself an actor, and whom the FBI are hunting for the recent murder of a Broadway producer. The Feds insert their own undercover agent to audition for the role of Cassius, seeking to determine who is the real gangster among a cast of make-believe criminals. All the while, the oblivious cast seek only to prove to themselves, their families, and friends that they are more than just extras.
The original idea for the movie came to co-writer Gregg Greenberg while auditioning actors for his play "Clemenza and Tessio Are Dead". One of the actors auditioning had actually spoken the line that lead character Nick had on The Sopranos, "Why don't ya' lock up the mulinyans, they're the one's burning down Newark!" See more »
Nick, I know you're busy, but could you maybe find the time to write a love scene, ya' know, for me and Casca?
Yeah sure, I'll call up Shakespeare.
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This was actually a pretty good movie. I am a big fan of gangster/mob movies. I have seen a few mob movies where they attempt to play it for laughs but they typically come off as clowns or overly stereotypical characters and sometimes even insulting. And although this movie is intended to be a comedy, the acting is so good that they don't have to go overboard and try to force the humor. The script is so well written that it is funny on its own. I think Shakespeare himself would laugh too; (You will get my joke if you watch the movie).
Well done to all....
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