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Friends and Romans (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 2015 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Christopher Kublan
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Rispoli ... Nick DeMaio
Annabella Sciorra ... Angela DeMaio
Paul Ben-Victor ... Dennis Socio
Katie Stevens ... Gina DeMaio
Charlie Semine ... Paulie / Goldberg
Anthony DeSando ... Joey 'Bananas' Bongano
Tony Sirico ... Bobby Musso
Tony Darrow ... Frankie Fusso
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fortuna Calva Baker Fortuna Calva Baker ... Mrs. Ariemma
Nick Bell Nick Bell ... Big Vinnie's 1st AC
John Bianco ... Mikey Brigandi
Robert Blake Robert Blake ... Soothsayer / Citizen
Mandy Bruno Bogue ... Marie (as Mandy Bruno)
Curt Bouril Curt Bouril ... McKenna
Zoe Bournelis Zoe Bournelis ... Mikey's Wife Lola
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Storyline

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.

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Show business, meet "Family" business.

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Comedy

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Not Rated
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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 »

Quotes

Chief: So you think the play could be a front?
McKenna: It's certainly an affront to Shakespeare.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Original, charming, and funny
26 September 2020 | by professorjeffreypbrownSee all my reviews

I have to say that i really enjoyed the film. It was funny, light hearted, and charming, and, should i say, original. Real gangsters and gangster wanna-bes who love acting to play the "original gangster" Ceasar. With so many films that simply repeat themes over and over again, great to see an original idea.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2015 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$20,136

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,136
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Michael Mailer Films See more »
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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