Find Me Guilty (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Find Me Guilty's excessive length and heavy-handed narrative keep it from reaching its full potential, but Vin Diesel's performance is well worth watching.


Movie Info

A wise guy turns his own trial upside down by serving as his own lawyer in this comedy drama based on a true story. In 1987, an extensive investigation into the activities of the Lucchese crime family led to charges being filed against most of the key members of the gang, leading to the prosecution of 20 different men, each represented by their own council. That is, except for Giacomo DiNorscio, aka Jackie Dee (Vin Diesel), a longtime Lucchese family "mechanic" implicated in everything from … More

Rating: R (for strong language and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Sidney Lumet, T.J. Mancini, Robert J. McCrea, Robert McCrea
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 27, 2006
Box Office: $0.6M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Giacomo `Jackie Dee'...

as Ben Klandis

as Sean Kierney

as Judge Finestein

as Nick Calabrese

as Bella DiNorscio

as Tony Compagna

as Max Novardis

as Jerry McQueen

as Chris Newberger

as Sara Stiles

as Bellman

as Court Officer

as U.S. Marshal

as Gino's Girlfriend

as Frank Brentano

as Gino Mascarpone

as Joey Calabrese

as Defendant 13

as Klandis' Special Ass...

as Detective

as Tom `Nappy' Napoli

as DEA Agent

as Jimmy Katz

as Klandis' Secretary

as Mob Defendant

as Tim's Wife

as Mob Lawyer

as Henry Kelsey

as Prison Guard No. 1

as Roselyn Mascarpone

as Carlo Mascarpone

as Mob Lawyer

as DeNorsico Senior

as Prison Guard No. 2

as Prison Inmate

as Mob Lawyer

as Octavio Juarez
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Critic Reviews for Find Me Guilty

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (38)

It's hard to do anything in court that hasn't been done before. It's a static situation, and points are scored in tiny increments. No big witness-stand breakdowns, no tearful confessions. Thus, boredom creeps in.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

If you didn't know you were watching Vin Diesel in Find Me Guilty, you wouldn't know you were watching Vin Diesel. And that's a compliment.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Top Critic

[Lumet's] crowning masterpiece.

Full Review… | March 29, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

If watching a jury disregard mountains of damning evidence in favor of a charismatic gangster who calls himself a "gagster" seems a morally challenging proposition, well that's all part of the bargain in Lumet's topical drama.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009
ColeSmithey.com

What on the surface seems like a regular court drama with a little humor thrown in for good measure actually works as a wicked satire on the American judicial system.

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
DVD Review

Could not be more relevant at a repressive time in US history when the erosion and abuse of civil rights of those presumed guilty is nearly as big an issue as the plight of the innocent.

Full Review… | May 4, 2007
WBAI Web Radio

Audience Reviews for Find Me Guilty

Sidney Lumet returns to the courtroom with this dramedy based on (one of) the longest criminal trials in history ever. It's a fictionalized take, however the film does claim that the bulk of the dialogue comes from actual court testimony, and that's cool, especially if it's actually true and, you know, not a Coenesque joke.

While the film is about the major organized crime trial of the 1980s, the focus specifically concerns the events as seen through the perspective of Giacomo "Jackie Dee" DiNorscio, one of the defendants who decided to be his own lawyer...and turn the entire proceeding upside down.

Like Dog Day Afternoon, this starts off really funny, but then becomes really serious, although this one didn't come off as bleak and stark with the mood change as that one did. ALso, the film is predominately pro-mafia, which, isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it wouldn't have hurt to have made it a little more even handed, especially when the prosecutor comes off as rather cartoony.

Where the film is at its best though, is with the acting. I personally knew that Vin Diesel really could act when given the right material and director (ie Saving Private Ryan), but this is his show all the way through. If all you think he's capable of is Xander Cage or Dominic Toretto, you need to see this. He really can pull off the emotional and dramatic heavy lifting, and the lighter material with the wiseguy hamming it up really sings too. Also, Ron Silver is a joy as Judge Finestein, and Peter Dinklage is great as the defense attorney who tries his best to keep Jackie wrangled.

I may be somewhat inflating my grade, but I can't help it. This is really entertaining, and, since I wasn't too famailiar with the actual events (surprisingly) it's quite informative, too. Maybe not the best from Lumet, but definitely worth a solid recommendation.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

An outragious, compelling, intelligent, powerful and unforgettable movie. Totally gripping, surprisingly moving and relentlessly enjoyable. It's a brilliant, thrilling, riveting and satisfying film. Wickedly funny and magnificent from start to finish. Vin Diesel is sensational, his best performance in year's and possiably of his career. Diesel proves to be more than a race car action hero, this man has talent and I hope he shows more of it in the years to come. Peter Dinklage and Linus Roache give equally impressive and fantastic performances. A teriffic new movie. A court room drama that mixes the gangster genres and wicked humor to create a marvelously entertaining movie and it's all true. The humor works just as great as the drama. It's wonderfully performend and cleverly written from actual courtroom statement. Another masterpiece from veteran film Director, Sidney Lumet. After all these year's he sure does know how to deliver a great film.

allan913
Al S

Super Reviewer

An original, watchable movie with shades of "My Cousin Vinny" appearing here and there, making this an entertaining two hours, anchored in large part due to the strong, realistic performance by Vin Diesel. For all of Diesel's critics, watch this movie, this film proves that this guy can act, as well as carry a film. Peter Dinklage is an excellent choice for the role of the lawyer as well, I really think that if he were of normal size, he'd be a very coveted actor. What's cool about this movie is that you don't know how it'll end, it's hard to tell if it's going to go the happy or depressing route.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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