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Vendetta (1999)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 3 July 1999
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Based on a true tale of power, corruption and murder, Christopher Walken stars in the story of the largest lynching in American history...

Director:

Nicholas Meyer

Writers:

Richard Gambino (book), Timothy Prager (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... James Houston
Luke Askew ... William Parkerson
Clancy Brown ... Chief Hennessy
Alessandro Colla ... Gaspare Marchesi
Andrew Connolly ... Sheriff Bill Villere
Bruce Davison ... Thomas Semmes
Joaquim de Almeida ... Joseph Macheca
Andrea Di Stefano ... Vincent Provenzano
Edward Herrmann ... D.A. Luzenberg
Richard Libertini ... Giovanni Provenzano
George Martin ... Judge Baker (as George N. Martin)
Pierrino Mascarino ... Antonio Marchesi
Daragh O'Malley ... Dominic O'Malley
Kenneth Welsh ... Mayor Joe Shakspeare
Gerry Mendicino Gerry Mendicino ... Charles Mantranga
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Based on a true tale of power, corruption and murder, Christopher Walken stars in the story of the largest lynching in American history...

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of brutal violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

3 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vendetta - Das Gesetz der Gewalt See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The 50 star US flag is seen in the movie poster, which didn't exist at the turn of the 19th/20th century. See more »

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Italians in movies who aren't mafiosi?
12 August 2003 | by cobram-1See all my reviews

No wonder this movie was never exhibited in theaters, after all, who would believe a Hollywood movie plot that doesn't portray Italians as belonging to the mafia? This movie is a good reminder that every group that has ever existed has had its problems and it's persecutors, and that the animosity usually boils down to economic reasons. Every group has something to be resentful about, the successful ones are those that put the past behind them and look to the future. I do have trouble with the title though, unless of course it was meant as an ironic title, since there was no Vendetta in the main plot. Christopher Waken stands out with another great performance, he is totally believable in his role, and his acting doesn't disappoint.

This movie could have been much better if it hadn't brushed over the personal lives of the characters, but I think the filmmakers had to decide on whether to concentrate on the factual story or an in depth character study of the immigrant experience. Had they decided to pursue both in this case it probably would have made an excellent mini-series


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