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Find Me Guilty

4.2 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews

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From five-time Oscar®-nominee Sidney Lumet (Serpico, Network, Dog Day Afternoon) comes the most hysterically funny testament to bad courtroom behavior since My Cousin Vinny! Vin Diesel (Saving Private Ryan) "gives a sensational performance" (The New York Times) in the true story of the most remarkable criminal trial in US history. Find Me Guilty proves beyond a reasonable doubt that justice has a strange sense of humor!

When police arrest twenty members of the Lucchese crime family, the authorities offer Jackie Dee DiNorscio (Diesel) a bargain: a shortened prison term if he'll testify against his own. But the wisecracking DiNorscio has other ideas. Refusing to cooperate, he decides to defend himself at his own trial... and proceeds to turn the courtroom upside-down in a hilarious fight that culminates in one of the most shocking verdicts in judicial history!

Special Features

  • "Conversations with Sidney Lumet" featurette
  • Trailer and TV spots

Product Details

  • Actors: Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage, Ron Silver, Alex Rocco, Frank Pietrangolare
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Writers: Sidney Lumet, Robert J. McCrea, T.J. Mancini
  • Producers: Bob DeBrino, Bob Yari, Enzo Zelocchi, Ernst-August Schnieder
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FFJ826
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,021 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Find Me Guilty" on IMDb

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"Find Me Guilty" is a comedic take on what was at the time the longest criminal trial in American history, the 1987-1988 trial of 20 members of the New Jersey Lucchese crime family on 76 charges under the RICO Act. Most of the courtroom testimony is taken from the real trial transcripts. The film focuses on Giacomo "Jackie" DiNorscio (Vin Diesel), called "Fat Jack" in real life, who, frustrated with his lawyer, insists on representing himself. Jackie is already serving a 30-year prison sentence for narcotics distribution, so the outcome of this trial is somewhat academic to him. Prosecutor Sean Kierney (Linus Roache) offers him a reduction in his current sentence in exchange for testimony at the RICO trial, but Jackie refuses to rat out his friends. Untrained in the law, Jackie's only defense is to make the jury like him more than they like the prosecutors. "A laughing jury is never a hanging jury," says defense attorney Ben Klandis (Peter Dinklage). "I'm not a gangster. I'm a gagster," says Jackie. And he puts on quite a show over the course of the 21-month trial.

"Find Me Guilty" does make light of Jackie's crimes, presenting him as a loyal, affable guy. It could hardly do otherwise, since Jackie made light of them, and he seems to have been a loyal, affable criminal. (Giacomo DiNorscio died while this movie was being filmed.) This obviously isn't a catalog of the Lucchese family's misdeeds. There were some very disreputable people on trial whose victims were not limited to their fellow Mafioso. "Find Me Guilty" is about Jackie's role in this long, remarkable trial. Vin Diesel does the best work of his career thus far. Perhaps due to his laconic, tough-guy image, Diesel can play Jackie's silliness, foolishness, and melodrama without the audience losing sight of his hoodlum toughness.
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I had the pleasure of watching this film on opening weekend in Times Square in NY. I saw the trailers but wasn't really sure what to expect from Vin Diesel in a very different role. I have to say, that after about 10 minutes, I stopped seeing Vin Diesel in make up and totally bought into his portrayal of "Fat Jack" DiNorscio. There was a good bit of crass gangster humor, but I ate it up in the same way you would a naughty secret. Peter Dinklage was wonderful as a lead attorney (and yes, his height was a non-issue, because he is such a strong actor), Ron Silver's strength and sensitivity as the judge was excellent and Linus Roache as the prosecutor was engaging (I didn't know whether to cheer for or against him and he was the "good guy"). I can't even begin to speak of the supporting actors whose mob idiosyncrisies were wonderfully played. I only wish we could have seen more of Annabella Sciorra and Vin Diesel on screen together. They were powerful and had excellent chemistry. I can't wait for the DVD if only to hope there are deleted scenes of these two! Trust me, they'd be worth the price of the DVD alone.
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Vin Diesel plays Giacomo "Jackie Dee" DiNorscio, who in a strange turn of events defended himself in a Gangland Rico trial, that was the longest trial in US history. You can not tell if he is acting or joking thru is role

Sisney Lumet who directed Network, Dog Day Afternoon, The Verdict and 12 Angry Men seems weak in this drama/comedy. He has made the courtroom seem so close and tight, you feel you need a breath of air every ten minutes.

I will say Lumet stocked the deck with great stock actors like Ron Silver (as a no nonsense, by the book judge), Peter Dinklage (as a defense attorney), Alex Rocco, and (the too short a role that needed to be padded) Annabella Sciorra. I just wish the script and direction was as good as the actors

This drama/comedy is strong of humor and weak on dramatic moments. One of the worst when the Judge tells Jackie he lost his mother is so weak for the acting timbers of Diesel and Silver. Lumet seem to have lacked pacing and direction in this film. This film could have been a great film, but it was not.

I give it 3 stars for the acting, it is worth it for that

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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"Find Me Guilty" is the story of the longest mob trial in American history. Although 20 members of the notorious New Jersey Lucchese crime family were indicted and tried together on 76 separate charges of racketeering and conspiracy under the RICO Act, director Sidney Lumet has made Giacomo "Jackie Dee" DiNorscio (Vin Diesel) the centerpiece for the film--just as he became a focus in the newspapers covering the trial.

In one of the film's first scenes, DiNorscio is asleep in bed when his cousin comes into the room and shoots him. Waking up, DiNorscio sees his cousin and asks him: "Why are you doing this? I love you. We're family." Afterwards, recuperating in the hospital, Jackie Dee seems to bear no animosity towards his cousin, declaring that he is a junkie and can't help it, and that he loves him anyway. DiNorscio demonstrates a strange, all encompassing loyalty to both his immediate and his crime family. Already in the middle of serving a 30 year sentence for drug trafficking and possession, when DiNorscio is offered the chance to drastically cut his sentence by testifying against other members of his crime family, he doesn't hesitate in his decision to serve his full term rather than 'rat out' his friends.

Although possessing only a fifth grade education, the flamboyant DiNorscio decided to represent himself at trial. DiNorscio compensated for his lack of technical skill and procedural knowledge with a rough personal charisma and a rather "bad boy" sense of humor. Referring to himself as a "gagster, not a gangster," DiNorscio frequently managed to hijack the proceedings. (A prologue at the beginning of the film states that most of the dialogue during the courtroom scenes is lifted verbatim from the actual trial transcripts.) The trial itself was something of a spectacle.
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