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Federal Protection

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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
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Overview

"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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Special Features

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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2005
  • UPC: 687797606495
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Millennium
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 57,333

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Armand Assante
Angela Featherstone
Dina Meyer
David Lipper
Tony Calabretta
Frank Chiesurin
Technical Credits
Anthony Hickox Director
Steve Beswick Executive Producer
Charles Boulay Production Designer
Sylvain Brault Cinematographer
Jon Kramer Executive Producer
David Lancaster Producer
Harry B. Miller III Editor
Rick Montgomery Casting
Andre Paquette Co-producer
Steve Porcaro Score Composer
Nadia Rona Casting
Craig Smith Screenwriter
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Federal Protection
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