Federal Protection

Federal Protection

Director: Anthony Hickox

Cast: Anthony Hickox, Armand Assante, Angela Featherstone, Dina Meyer

     
 

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"Chop Chop" Frankie Carbone (Armand Assante) has made a career out of stealing cars for the mob in Chicago. An attempted assassination by a mob boss goes badly and Frankie retaliates, only to wind up in the hands of the Feds. Frankie agrees to testify against the mobsters and his life is suddenly worthless -- unless he submits to going into federal protection. The FBI… See more details below

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"Chop Chop" Frankie Carbone (Armand Assante) has made a career out of stealing cars for the mob in Chicago. An attempted assassination by a mob boss goes badly and Frankie retaliates, only to wind up in the hands of the Feds. Frankie agrees to testify against the mobsters and his life is suddenly worthless -- unless he submits to going into federal protection. The FBI gives him a new name -- Howard Akers -- and relocates him to a sleepy middle-class suburb in Little Rock, AR. Howard catches the attention of his lovely neighbor, Leigh (Angela Featherstone), a bored fund-raiser for a non-profit zoo whose husband, Dennis (David Lipper), is having an affair -- and she knows it, but she doesn't know it's with her hot-blooded sister, Bootsie (Dina Meyer). Leigh becomes friends with the enigmatic Howard, but Dennis and Bootsie see an opportunity to earn the million-dollar bounty the mob has put on his head by turning him in to the mob. ~ Buzz McClain

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Director Anthony Hickox has turned in a rousingly successful thriller interlaced with dark comedy. Had the story just been between Frankie and Leigh, the film still would have passed most of the tests for an okay B-movie. But add the sex-obsessed Dennis and Bootsie and some vivid, offbeat characterizations by the villains, spend all the budget on several superb action set pieces, and you've got a piece of entertainment that is highly recommended. The romance angles are well handled by never becoming smarmy -- Leigh's desperation for sexual attention is particularly vivid -- and the comedy is so dark as to be nearly uncomfortable. Armand Assante's bizarre mumbling performance even works. There's one scene involving a villain and a deadly spiked-heel shoe that simply has to be seen to be believed. Double-cross intrigue, death by wrecking ball, leather-and-whips sex, a gunfight in a thunderstorm -- this one has lots of scenes most independent movies would be happy with as finales. Heavens, this film even brings in thought-provoking elements of redemption amid the mayhem. Federal Protection is a sleeper, as well as a keeper.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2005
UPC:
0687797606495
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Millennium
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
65,281

Special Features

Closed Caption; Trailer; Scene selections; Spanish subtitles; Interactive menus; Full screen presentation

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Federal Protection
1. Main Titles [7:35]
2. New Neighbor [4:08]
3. Bad Boy [3:39]
4. Agreement [5:05]
5. Frank Carbone [2:50]
6. Knock! Knock! [3:28]
7. Conversation [3:39]
8. Money Talk [4:36]
9. The Plan [5:28]
10. The Truth Revealed [3:32]
11. Offering [2:27]
12. Chaos [7:06]
13. My Game [3:06]
14. Not Evil [2:32]
15. Garbage Time [7:33]
16. Crazy Idea [2:06]
17. Just the Mob [2:59]
18. After the Girl [1:23]
19. Here for You [3:22]
20. Sacrifice [2:01]
21. Surprise [4:01]
22. Confrontation [5:31]
23. Sorry [2:25]
24. End Credits [3:03]

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