This Thing of Ours (2003)


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Grandnephew of the famous mobster known as Tony Pro, Danny Provenzano is the co-writer, director, and star of the independent crime drama This Thing of Ours (the title is a literal translation of the crime organization La Cosa Nostra). Provenzano plays young mobster Nick Santini, who wishes to impress his Uncle Danny (Frank Vincent) and the other elders of a New Jersey mob. Nick plans a major bank heist with his old pal Robert Biaggio (Christian Maelen) and computer geek Austin Palermo (Louis Vanaria). Using a complicated Internet scam to distort a communications satellite, they plan to steal more than 50 million dollars. Nick is eventually stuck with having to choose between his friends and the mob when high-ranking Patsy DeGrazio (Michael DelGaizo) kidnaps Austin. This Thing of Ours also stars Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), James Caan (The Godfather), and Pat Cooper (Analyze This). Incidentally, Provenzano was arresting in 1999 under a 44-count felony indictment that included charges of racketeering, kidnapping, and money laundering. He eventually pleaded guilty to racketeering and was scheduled to begin a ten-year prison sentence in August 2003, just weeks after his film is released.

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Danny Provenzano
as Nicholas Santini
Christian Maelen
as Robert Biaggio
Louis Vanaria
as Austin Palermo
James Caan
as Jimmy the Godfather
Frank Vincent
as Danny Santini
Edward Lynch
as Johnny Irish
Michael DelGaizo
as Patsy DeGrazio
Pat Cooper
as John Bruno
Tony Ray Rossi
as Anthony Russo
Paul Vario
as Big Paul
Danny Musico
as Guy Wheeling Jimmy
Lou Silver
as Santini Soldier
Ted A. Bohus
as Teddy Alexander
Chuck Zito
as Head DiGrazio Soldier
Dan Conte
as Guy Who Didn't Get Joke
John Dooscher
as Agent Clark
Frank Bonsangue
as Office Cleaner
Anthony Corozzo
as Soldier No. 1
P.B. Jr.
as Soldier No. 2
Shawn Stailworth
as Agent Jason Black
Ricky Lucchese III
as Guy in Restroom with DeGrazio
Alket Adini
as Nino the Zip
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Critic Reviews for This Thing of Ours

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

The whole operation loses its tension, allowing the story to drift into amusing but familiar territory.

Nov 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

None of this is overly interesting, thanks to murky plotting and the fact that there's nothing involving about these bad guys.

Jul 25, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The movie has no personal touch; it merely assembles a who's who of mob-movie heavyweights (James Caan and Frank Vincent among them) and hopes for the best.

Jul 24, 2003 | Full Review…

Rings with authenticity and solid acting.

Jul 21, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

For all of his personal familiarity with the material, Mr. Provenzano has turned out a movie that largely owes its tone and style to other movies.

Jul 21, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Cliche-ridden and ponderous.

Jul 21, 2003

Audience Reviews for This Thing of Ours


Danny Provenzano brings crime dramas down low with This Thing of Ours. While the concept is fitting for a mob story, in which this film is told, the execution is poor. For 95 minutes of screen time, the plot details lack depth and the characters constantly deliver lines of dialogue, meant to be witty, but come across as cheesy. Ultimately, this picture is as bland as its production value. The constant cursing is for a mature audience, as is the violence, which is backed by cheap sound and blood effects. Ultimately, there is more than enough profanity, but not enough bloodshed. There are some familiar faces in the crowd, although the question is why. Frank Vincent is okay. James Caan is an absolute waste. Louis Vanaria, Christian Maelen, and Danny Provenzano take the leads in unsatisfactory fashion. This Thing of Ours has very little to showcase and is therefore a film to be clipped.

JY Skacto
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