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!
Find Me Guilty
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"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.Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very funny movie. Its not your regular, run of the mill mob movie. Diesel shines as the lunatic mob guy on trial. His portrayal is based on a real, no deceased mob guy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
I LOVE Vin Diesel, but more his action films. This film is good and he plays the character well. It just seems a little flat somehow.Published 6 months ago by PermaGirl
This is one of those "based on a true story" films that you wouldn't believe was real. The film involves a courtroom drama as a group of individuals are brought up on... Read morePublished 7 months ago by The Movie Guy
I remember this trial - a result of Guiliani's misguided attempted to eliminate "the mob". In the process, the constitution was thrown out the window and the prosecutors... Read morePublished 9 months ago by TrueThat
a hard movie to find,dont buy the one on blue ray, its out of the uk and wont play in US players. The DVD is from the US and it plays perfectly. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jack Summers
Vin Diesel seems amazing, loved this movie, He seems to get so far into the character that is easy to forget that he is acting a part. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Diana D