Federal Hill (1994)



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This drama is set within the Federal Hill district of Providence, Rhode Island. It tells the tale of 5 young friends who have been gang mates since high school. They meet once a week at Jody's house to play cards. Jody is the only married one. The other friends are Frank, whose father is a gang boss, Nicky, an intelligent boy, Bobby, a loser, and Ralph, the unstable violent one. Though smart, Nicky is a drug-dealer. He encounters Wendy who is looking for drugs for her frat party. Nicky and Ralph later crash this party. Later, Nicky asks Wendy out. They go to a lousy restaurant so he ends up cooking for her at home. Next they end up in the sack but are interrupted by Ralph. Nicky decides to leave the gang and Ralph tries to dissuade him. Ralph gets in trouble with Frank's father when he tries to front Bobby some money. The film ends with a public shooting.
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Corrente's handling of class divisions (one of the heroes starts seeing a Brown University senior he sells cocaine to) and the body language of the performances keep things fresh.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Producer-director-scripter Michael Corrente manages to bring freshness to basically derivative material in Federal Hill, thanks to a number of excellent performances and some evocative black-and-white images of a world he knows intimately.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
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Federal Hill is lively and likable, a first film with the kind of swift action, clever dialogue and clear-cut characters that suggest an expert director's touch.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Federal Hill has sincerity on its side and a fair degree of authenticity.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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There is nothing terribly different or exciting about what he shows us; the film is gripping in a conventional, formulaic way.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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With the possible exception of utilizing an atypical location (Providence, Rhode Island's Federal Hill as opposed to New York City or Long Island), there is little in this film that hasn't been done before, and better.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Between a 6/10 and 7/10, The movie has a good ear for the way the characters talk, dress, move and live; it's another Italian-American slice-of-life, well acted and directed.

Lee Mayo
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