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The Wannabe (2015)




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Obsessed with mob culture, and desperate to fit in, Thomas sets out to fix the 1992 trial of John Gotti. He believes if the plan is executed, it will put him at the center of all that he idolizes. The plot is foiled, setting off events worthy of mob lore. The Wannabe intertwines real people and true events, past and present, with fantasy.
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    R (for drug use, language, some sexuality and violence)
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    Electric Entertainment

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Nick Sandow
as Anthony
David Zayas
as Pablo Guzman
John Buscemi
as Sausage Vendor
Dario Cipani
as Kid with Sparkler
Doug E. Doug
as The Twin
Larry Eudene
as Assistant DA
Stephanie Bertoni
as Nail Salon Girl
Slaine Jenkins
as Bruce Cutler
Joseph Siravo
as John Gotti
Angela Jeanneau
as Eric Roberts' girlfriend
Neal Huff
as Judge Glasser
Nicholas Belleas
as Stunt Performer
Mark Vincent
as Eddie Lino
Anna Kuchma
as Principal Performer
Daniel Sauli
as Curtis Sliwa
Lawrence Cioppa
as Card Player #1
Duccio Fabbri
as Cesare Staderini
Michael Gasparro
as Newsstand Vendor
Kenneth McCoy
as Bartender
Jay Bulger
as Eric Roberts
Mark Lotito
as Prosecutor Maloney
Stephen O'Reilly
as Photographer
John McCabe
as Coffee Shop Goon
Tuffy Questell
as PR Cab Driver
Robert Rossi
as Interview Kid #1
Salvatore Rossi
as Interview Kid #2
Tony Ray Rossi
as Bouncer #2
Stan Carp
as Oxygen Mask
Roland Sands
as Duckman
John Sialiano
as Social Club Member
Eddie Lino
as Mark Vincent
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Critic Reviews for The Wannabe

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Mr. Piazza offers a persuasive portrait of decline, but it is the crumbling beauty and flailing hopes of Rose that resonate. Ms. Arquette comprehends the character inside and out, and her aim is true.

Full Review… | December 3, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

The mix of callous humor and romantic doom doesn't always hold up, but in its best moments, "The Wannabe" finds real spikiness in the pitfalls of anti-hero worship.

Full Review… | December 3, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Few films are better titled than The Wannabe, a portrait of a Bronx kid who would have done anything to be part of the mob world he knew from the movies.

Full Review… | April 27, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The Wannabe is too derivative for any insight, offering little more than tired tropes and bad accents.

Full Review… | December 9, 2015
Under the Radar

Its taste in antiheroes doesn't inspire fascination, just a desire to see a different movie.

Full Review… | December 5, 2015

The film is less a revisionist take on the circumstances of John Gotti's 1992 indictment than a tedious love child of Bonnie and Clyde and Goodfellas.

Full Review… | November 30, 2015
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Wannabe

Good acting delivered by the two leads: Vincent Piazza & Patricia Arquette. But kinda boring, formulaic story on the other hand.


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