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Wannabes (2003)

Michael Caldera , Raymond Cassar , William DeMeo  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Caldera, Raymond Cassar, Robert Costanzo, Joe D'Onofrio, Joseph Daleo Jr.
  • Directors: William DeMeo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007M57P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wannabes" on IMDb

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Four Working Class Friends From Brooklyn Attempt To Abandon The9 To 5 Grind For The Hustler'S Life & Soon Get Mixed Up Withthe Local Mafia. But They Find Out, In The Mob You'Re Eithermade Men Or You'Re Wannabes.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Check it out- October 9, 2006
By Rex
Format:DVD
Great movie, great cast. If you're a fan of mob/mafia style movies you should check it out. If you're a fan of "guy works hard to be a somebody and make something of himself" style movies you should check it out. If you want to see a great story with great actors, you should check it out! Wannabes is more than just a mob flick, though it has just the right amount of that element. It's a story about family, friends, respect, and courage and what all that means on the streets. William DeMeo tells an American tale with a lot of heart- not to be missed!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie March 15, 2004
By John
Format:DVD
This film was very good. Demeo, Dubin, and Addessi. Deserved the awards that they won. Thousands of independent movies are made each year. Especially mob films. And they go no where. Just on the shelf. Artisan picked up this movie for a reason. It's damn good. The movie is everywhere. And it deserves the recognition that it is getting. The film is hardcore. Very good acting. Filmed on the streets of Bklyn.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away March 15, 2004
By John
Format:DVD
Great movie. Very well done. William Demeo is awesome as the leader of the crew. Ray Serra who plays Uncle Tommy is also superb. I rented this film. Then bought it right away. If you like mob movies. You will definetly enjoy this one. It' a pleasant suprise for an indy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Great Story line and cast October 24, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is not a Goodfellas type of film.. this movie gives you a look into the lives of 4 young italian american men from brooklyn who desire much more in life then their going no where proffesions. They hook up with the neighborhood mafia boss("Jelly" from The movie "Analyze This") and have a growing hatered for the bosses son. There are some twists and turns with comedy,drama and action as we eventually see the men make it into the world of organized crime. I enjoyed this very much! Willam Demeo was great in this film he stared, wrote, directed and produced it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Italian Mob Movie May 6, 2003
Format:DVD
I just happend to rent this movie from blockbuster one night after reading the info on it. I was blown away! What a great movie the actors are highly underated and are now some of my favorites. Another thing that was cool was that the actor William Dameo played the voice of Paulie in the new video game Mafia and many of the same character names are used in this film that were from the video game. Tell ya what...Look out for the actors in this movie, all of them should be leading actors in the years to come. Get this movie, it will be one of your favorites.
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3.0 out of 5 stars American Mob stereotype, running a book business April 2, 2010
Format:DVD
Wannabes (2000) from Charles A. Addessi (Director), is right on
target in reconfirming the American Mob stereotype that most movie
goers already have by conjuring a tale of men born and raised in the
Italian section of Brooklyn, New York. There is one exception: the
story takes place in the 1990's, in an era dominated by computers and
technology, wherin many have a whole range of life and work options
at their disposal that wasn't the case at the turn of 20th century.

Some fans of the Godfather series will rent this DVD, perhaps
criminologists will be keen on it, and others curious of the
lifestyle and sociological aspects of running a book business of bets
and gambling too.

This work is clearly ultra-violent, and doesn't shy away from showing
the ugly reality behind various life situations, underworld
individuals controlling a given territory in a city, protection and
gambling rackets, etc. As such, it's an underworld 101 course for the
younger viewers, including frequent cussing over the entire work.

Most lacking, is the almost complete absence of great music, or any
music for that matter. Questionable, is the rabid microcosm focusing
on Italian pals who grew up together and open a risky gambling joint
venture.

Another aspect it the total absence of law enforcement in the
narrative, as if none existed in the world, except for a warning to
be careful when talking over the phone, comparing it to a stick of
dynamite from phone taps.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Expected January 20, 2008
By Craig
Format:DVD
This movie was really a surprise, as I expected a dull mob movie and it was not.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's a wanna be movie! Do not watch! May 15, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
What a horrible movie, it is just bad acting , bad editing ... Just bad! I want my time back! You've been warned!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not as good as I thought it would be.
Published 6 days ago by Incbro
3.0 out of 5 stars watchable, barely.
Dialog and pacing was a little off. Seems like the whole cast needed a bit more rehearsal. Good story and a predictable ending. One time watch.
Published 1 month ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Kinda like an Italian version of Boyz in the Hood
Kinda like an Italian version of Boyz in the Hood. Well, not really, but it was a modern, youthful spin on what is now a stale genre.
Published 2 months ago by DOnt mind me
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not bad for a low budget film
Published 2 months ago by Truthbetold
3.0 out of 5 stars like watching it threw a tunnel
only watched a little bit, format screen was to small, like watching it threw a tunnel.
R.W.
Published 3 months ago by Richard W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent movie! Thanks
Published 3 months ago by Thomas P. Oates
4.0 out of 5 stars Richie 683
Vinny Vella from my favorite Casino in this as Carmine the consilgere in The Minieri Crime Family. Joseph D'Onofrio from my favorite GoodFellas is in this as the out of control... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Carol A. Blackburn
5.0 out of 5 stars FORGETABOUTIT!!!!!! in the good way.
Keep it simple and to the point!!! No names, Small production. (Although D'nofirio's kids in there)No name direction, most would run, but don't. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ssenkrad
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad
The features of the received product doesn't correspond to the features advertised on your web site. Read more
Published 15 months ago by santoro2
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Actors
The movie was a lot of fun to watch. Enjoyed all these actors in the movie. Would love to see more of that type of movies. Thumbs up!
Published 16 months ago by Leonard M. Green
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