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Wisegal

4.6 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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Product Description

Alyssa Milano stars as Patty Montanari, a tough Brooklyn widow and mother who takes a job working for a local crime family and soon becomes romantically involved with a married mob captain (Jason Gedrick of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES). But as Patty rises in the organizations ranks, she finds herself sinking deeper into an underworld of paranoia, betrayal and murder. Caught between the Feds, the Family and the man she loves, can she pull the trigger on the decision that may cost her everything? Academy Award nominee James Caan (THE GODFATHER) co-stars in this acclaimed Lifetime movie inspired by the incredible true story of the woman who dared to defy New York Citys most infamous mafia empire.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Alyssa Milano, Jason Gedrick, Janet Wright, Gabriel Hogan, Heather Hanson
  • Directors: Jerry Ciccoritti
  • Writers: Shelley Evans
  • Producers: Alyssa Milano, Anthony Melchiorri, Daniel H. Blatt, Danielle McVickers, Joseph D. Pistone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FTLO9G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wisegal" on IMDb

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By K. Futrell VINE VOICE on January 24, 2009
Format: DVD
When I first saw previews for Wisegal I knew that I wanted to see it. It had a great cast and a great storyline. Turns out it was better than what I thought it would be. Alyssa Milano gives a great performance throughout the movie and she really "sells" her character. If you like Lifetime movies OR Alyssa Milano then I think you'll like this movie.

Short Storyline: Patty's (Alyssa Milano) husband dies and she doesn't know how to support her family anymore. She meets a guy who is in the mob which she doesn't know at first. She needs money to support her family so she goes to work for him. Throughout the movie Patty learns more and more about the mob and the guy that she doesn't like until finally she tries to get out. Watch the movie to see if Patty can make it out of the mob...

Again I thought this was an excellent movie and the acting was amazing.
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When I saw this DVD on the shelf at the video store, I thought "Oh, a mob movie starring Alyssa Milano, James Caan, and some guy I've never heard of. Cool". I read the description on the back of the DVD which basically describes Milano's character as a widowed mother who takes an opportunity to work with the mob in order to support her children. Since I knew nothing about this film, I checked the rating and saw that it was 'Not Rated', which doesn't mean a whole lot. It could either be really violent and bloody or it could be a children's movie for all I knew. Hoping that it would be the former, I took a chance with it and decided to get the movie. Well, I should have read a little bit closer... it turns out that WISEGAL is a Lifetime Television movie that was shown on Cable early in 2008 and now released on DVD. If you don't know what Lifetime is... do you know the channel that your mom or grandma (or wife, depending on how old you are) sits on the couch and watches religiously that has all of those corny Dramas usually featuring a female in the lead role? That's Lifetime.

I figured since I already got the movie I may as well watch it. It turns out that overall it actually isn't that bad. I mean, Alyssa Milano is drop dead gorgeous and is the reason I got it in the first place. She actually is the leading woman in the movie and it isn't a case of her making a cameo and having her name and face plastered on the front cover in order to trick people into watching it like other movies do (not necessarily with Milano, but with any established actor or actress starring in a B-Movie).
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By kt on December 31, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Despite the good reviews on this movie, I was still hesitant to purchase, but glad I did. I found the acting excellent especially the work done by Alyssa Milano. Jason Gedrik also played the part of Frank Russo very authentically; a backstreet hood that reaches the upper levels of the mob. James Cann was great...in fact, all the actors did their parts well. I enjoyed every minute of the movie and tried to research these people but found very little of them on the internet, except that Patti was in real life, an amazinging beautiful woman and at 68, she remains so. I found it funny that someone had not written a book about this amazing woman. She had guts.
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I admit I had my doubts for this but Alyssa Milano really surprised me for her role in this film. I thought this movie was decent enough to earn an emmy nomination for Alyssa but unfortunately it did not happen. I was surprised how smart the character was especially while doing stuff for the mob and taking care of her family. It shows how different loyalties are when it comes to a family you are working for. Either way it was real treat to see James Caan in this as well because he always does well in the mafia role. I recommend this film to anyone who is a big fan of the mafia films. Hell she is just as good as Lorraine Bracco in Goodfellas and Talia Shire in The Godfather Part II. For any guy or mafia fan this is good treat.
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Wisegal ( 2008 ) tells a credible story about the sacrifices that a
young woman must make; raised in modest surroundings, she becomes a
widowed mother at a young age and faced with making ends meet in the
inner city. Alyssa Milano plays that role, demonstrating charisma,
charm, a natural pride in her independence, yet able to face the
reality of taking another husband and taking past hardships in stride,
to deal with life the best as she can. In the meantime, she also
takes part in the underground economy (with cigarettes, etc)
hooking up with the character played both charismatically and
skillfully by Jason Gedrick, often portrayed in mob dramas.

Next there's the presence of legendary James Caan, who is credible as a
powerful underground figure; yet, in line with past movies, seems
to have trouble finding a bad bone in his body, while suggesting to
viewers that he's well versed in the underground economy (booze, go
go girls, card games, saloons, etc.) The script perhaps could have done
more in leeway to Caan, and more camera time, to develop his character
and improvize somewhat, but what left for viewers is adequate.

No doubt, the movie is skillfully edited, filmed, the narrative well
developed and is entertaining, with some depth in the relationship
laid out between the the characters of Milano and Gedrick, romantic
staying within the bounds of a mainstream audience.

Therefore, for the vigor seen in the actors, their youth and also
in the realism demonstrated, this is a must-see underground movie.
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