The Florentine

Overview

The regulars at a shot-and-a-beer bar in a decaying working-class town are the focus of Nick Stagliano's drama The Florentine. Michael Madsen plays Whitey, who owns a bar called The Florentine where most of the guys he knows hang out. His sister Molly (Virginia Madsen, Michael's real life sister) is soon to be married, and Whitey has been saving up for a nice reception. But when her old boyfriend Teddy (Tom Sizemore) comes back into town, bets for the wedding would seem to be off, which may be just as well -- ...
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Overview

The regulars at a shot-and-a-beer bar in a decaying working-class town are the focus of Nick Stagliano's drama The Florentine. Michael Madsen plays Whitey, who owns a bar called The Florentine where most of the guys he knows hang out. His sister Molly (Virginia Madsen, Michael's real life sister) is soon to be married, and Whitey has been saving up for a nice reception. But when her old boyfriend Teddy (Tom Sizemore) comes back into town, bets for the wedding would seem to be off, which may be just as well -- Whitey's buddy Frankie (Luke Perry) got hold of the wedding cash and lost it to Billy Munucci (James Belushi), a con artist with a far quicker turn of mind. Whitey has other money problems; the bar has been mortgaged to a low-level gangster named Joe (Burt Young), who has been leaning on Whitey's friend Bobbie (Chris Penn) to pay off his mounting gambling debts. Bobbie is trying to stay one step ahead of Joe, which doesn't leave him much time to patch up his ailing marriage to Vicki (Mary Stuart Masterson). The screenplay by Damien Gray and Tom Benson was adapted from the Off-Broadway drama penned by Gray.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
There are "big" movies and there are "small" movies, and The Florentine is of the latter category. No elaborate special effects, no expensive studio stars, no exotic locations, but one thing the film does have is a big heart. Gritty to a fault, The Florentine captures the everyday lives of everyday blue-collar people down to the stench of the beer on the floor of the titular corner pub. The various tightly wound subplots keep things interesting -- especially Jim Belushi's too smooth con -- but the ensemble acting is the real draw. Second-tier actors Chris Penn, Virginia Madsen, Mary Stuart Masterson, Luke Perry, Jeremy Davies, and even Burt Young take the script and run with their roles, and the story, based on a stage play, rises with them. It helps that the revered Hal Holbrook appears to show the kids in the cast how to act with taste and humility. This is good human drama that goes for the beer gut, not the tear ducts, and is worthy of a soundtrack that includes Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2000
  • UPC: 723952075550
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Monarch Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Madsen Whitey
Chris Penn Bobbie
Jeremy Davies Truby
Tom Sizemore Teddy Finn
Luke Perry Frankie
Jim Belushi Billy Munucci
Mary Stuart Masterson Vikki
Hal Holbrook Smitty
Virginia Madsen Molly
Maeve Quinlan Claire
Burt Young Joe McCollough
Lillo Brancato Jr. Pretty
Technical Credits
Nick Stagliano Director, Producer
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Tom Benson Producer, Screenwriter
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Cindy Cowan Executive Producer
Tom Eaton Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Fuchs Executive Producer
Damien Gray Screenwriter
Stephen Kazmierski Cinematographer
Kasia Walicka Maimone Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen McCabe Production Designer
Chris Penn Producer
Marcia Shulman Casting
Lonnie Sill Musical Direction/Supervision
Plummy Tucker Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selection
1. Beginning [4:03]
2. The Bookie [:57]
3. Compound Interest [3:41]
4. Wedding Preparation [1:27]
5. Teddy's Back In Town [2:41]
6. Loan Shark [1:25]
7. Asking For Payment [2:09]
8. Scam Artists [2:05]
9. Sharing The Past [4:00]
10. Asking For The Tab [3:39]
11. The Set Up [6:15]
12. Bachelor Party [4:52]
13. Gift For Claire [4:13]
14. Crooking The House [1:40]
15. Scammed [16:07]
16. Breaking Up [8:18]
17. Reminiscing [4:34]
18. Rip-Off [5:31]
19. Ex Is Back [3:12]
20. Repenting [5:52]
21. The Wedding [3:26]
22. God's Blessing [6:03]
23. Strike 2 [4:06]
24. Credits [3:45]
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