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William DeMeo is scriptwriter, star, and co-director for the crime drama Wannabes. Hotheated older brother Angelo (DeMeo) and more-thoughtful younger brother Paulie (Conor Dubin) are both fired from their jobs as waiters at an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn. They join up with two of their neighborhood friends, Pete (Daniel Margotta) and Dom (John Palumbo) to start up a bookie business with a 20,000-dollar loan. The group has a rocky start, but soon acquires some help from a partner in Coney Island and expands into more complicated illegal activites. Local crime boss Santo Minieri (Joe Viterelli) develops an interest in the new business and soon takes Angelo up as his protégé. Santo's biological son, Vinny (Joesph D'Onofrio), is angered by his father's choice and seems headed for destruction.


Raymond Serra
as Uncle Tommy
John Hoyt
as Eddie
Robert Costanzo
as Mr. Letto
Mario Macalus
as Tommy's Boyfriend
Lenny N. Rizzo
as Obnoxious Customer
Madonna Guzzardo
as Mario's Friend's Girlfriend
Nicola Diamond
as Hector's Girl
Joe D'Alessio
as Kid in Store
Angelo DeRossi
as Harry the Bird
Barry Gold
as Harry's Friend
Daniel Baker
as Yuppie No. 1
Danny Frank Depasquale
as Lace Club Owner
Patrick Cooley
as Touchy Customer
Desiree Russo
as Lace Waitress
Frank Morano
as Frankie
Aesha Waks
as Stephanie
Carson Grant
as Bar Patron
Oleg Ferdman
as Bar Patron
John Sbrigato
as Vinny's Assailant
Robert Daleo
as Enigma Bartender
Phil Faicco
as Card Player
Charles LaPlaca
as Card Player
Anthony Prianti Jr.
as Angelo (age 5)
Charles Addessi II
as Paulie (age 7)
Eric Dryer
as Paulie (age 3)
Daniel Dryer
as Pete (age 7)
Andrew Marchisello
as Dom (age 7)
Michael Salvatore
as Angelo and Paulie's Father
Barbara Teti
as Angelo and Paulie's Mother
Rels Douglas
as Bouncer
Thomas Kurtulus
as Stickball Player
Michael Sciaraffo
as Stickball Player
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Critic Reviews for Wannabes

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

  • Despite all the talking, by the time the bloody climax arrives we still don't feel enough of an attachment to these guys to care one way or another.

    Apr 4, 2002 | Rating: C-
  • On the whole, the movie lacks wit, feeling and believability to compensate for its incessant coarseness and banality.

    Mar 13, 2002 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • If there's nothing fresh about Wannabes, which was written by Mr. DeMeo, who produced and directed the film with Charles A. Addessi, much of the time the movie feels authentic.

    Mar 12, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • In the era of The Sopranos, it feels painfully redundant and inauthentic.

    Mar 12, 2002 | Rating: 1/4
  • Its over-simplistic and small-minded approach to the material does more than severely limit what it can accomplish.

    Oct 29, 2003 | Rating: 52/100
  • Bursting with good intentions and a likeable cast, The Wannabes is the kind of film that you really wanna like, but is a bit short on laughs and hasn't quite got the formula right

    Sep 18, 2003 | Full Review…

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