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Find Me Guilty (2006)

Vin Diesel , Peter Dinklage , Sidney Lumet  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FFJ826
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,205 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Find Me Guilty" on IMDb

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  • "Conversations with Sidney Lumet" featurette
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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!

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
"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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lumet's Failed Trial April 21, 2007
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars for this effective Mafia courtroom dramedy April 23, 2007
Fans of "The Sopranos", "Goodfellas", Mafia and courtroom flicks will enjoy this fact-based (but probably not completely factual) look at the lengthiest RICO trail in American history starring Vin Diesel and directed by octogenarian Sidney Lumet.

Diesel plays New Jersey mobster Jack DiNorscio defending himself in the longest Mafia trial in U.S. history. Diesel is effective in the role as a disruptive force in judge Ron Silver's court. Alex Rocco, a Mafioso going back to "The Godfather" and through roles he played in TV's "Kojak", is the ring leader in the trial and the main guy the feds are after. Why DiNorscio became the focus of this movie is a question looking for an answer.

In any event, the courtroom "drama" is unlike most of what you see in this kind of movie. Diesel's character is uneducated, has little or no knowledge of courtroom requirements or decorum, and shows these shortcomings regularly through his inappropriate and often unbearable behavior as a litigator.

The other gangsters on trial turn against him after they come to view him as a force out for himself. Prosecutors too see him as a hazard insofar as his comedy act seems to appeal to jurors. True or not, you've probably never seen an attorney ask these kind of questions in court!

Ironically, the film lionizes DiNorscio as a heroic figure that carries out the Mafia credo of not ratting out a brother. Throughout the film he protests his love for his Cosa Nostra brethren, even when they are working against him, and continually states his case against being a rat. This, to me, was the principal theme of the film -- that this lowlife gangster was somehow a hero. The outcome of the movie seems also to support that view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent transaction
I crossed my fingers when I ordered this DVD used from an Amazon affiliate. The disc was in really great condition. I cleaned it prior to playing it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by WiseWoman
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Worst Movie I've Seen...
I bought this because I'm a huge Raul Esparza fan, so it wasn't a complete disappointment.

It certainly wasn't the worst film I've seen (that dubious honor goes to the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Barbara McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars You wanna suck on this?
You can not go wrong with this movie! Its great! Vin as an italian gangster, in with the mob familiies?! "I took a cab"
Published 4 months ago by Justice Obstructed
4.0 out of 5 stars Standup Guy!!!
They don't make standup guys like this anymore. I enjoyed this tale, and the characters in it. A good rainy day movie.
Published 5 months ago by Just Sayin'
5.0 out of 5 stars must buy!!!
I love this movie. It is so great to see vin diesel in this movie. Funny guy. A +++ !
Published 5 months ago by ayden2009
5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW OF DVD
Published 7 months ago by ScottishSiren
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinny,we hardly knew you.
No not really but this was quite a different fresh departure from his usual bang,bang blow em up,car crash,get them Aliens movies like the Fast and Furious and Riddick... Read more
Published 7 months ago by peteski
5.0 out of 5 stars Vin Diesel does a great job!
We thought this was an interesting true story. How many people have you met who would hold to their principles this tenaciously, even if they are a bit skewed? : )
Published 8 months ago by MountainGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars love you vin
love vin diesel and he is awesome and good person and love to watch this movie and cant wait to see him again on the movie
Published 9 months ago by john yassney
5.0 out of 5 stars Vin's best
Jack DiNorscio (Vin Diesel), a small time mobster finds himself faced with a series of charges and he decides to defend himself in court. Read more
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