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Wannabes (2000)




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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.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: William DeMeo
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On DVD: Feb 18, 2003
Artisan Home Entertainment


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 Gir...
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 Depasqua...
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 ...
Barbara Teti
as Angelo and Paulie's ...
Rels Douglas
as Bouncer
Thomas Kurtulus
as Stickball Player
Michael Sciaraffo
as Stickball Player
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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

On the whole, the movie lacks wit, feeling and believability to compensate for its incessant coarseness and banality.

Full Review… | March 13, 2002
New York Observer
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.

Full Review… | March 12, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

In the era of The Sopranos, it feels painfully redundant and inauthentic.

March 12, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Top Critic

Its over-simplistic and small-minded approach to the material does more than severely limit what it can accomplish.

Full Review… | October 29, 2003
Apollo Guide

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