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Story

A fatally ambitious gangland enforcer (John Turturro) collides with destiny after following the murderous advice of three fortunetellers and his shrewish wife . . . does any of this sound familiar, Shakespeare fans?

While this occasionally effective, mostly hilarious drama may not be the first film to transplant the tragedy of Macbeth to a modern-day milieu (that honor goes to a 1955 obscurity with the wonderfully blatant title of Joe Macbeth), it's surely the most brazenly literal, with a jaw-dropping amount of anachronistic boogying by cast and crew. (Viewers familiar with the Bard are advised not to drink milk during the reworking of Lady M's famous "Out, damn spot" soliloquy, lest they run the risk of having said dairy product forcibly eject itself via nasal passage.) The result is a failed experiment to be sure, but a well-acted (especially by Dennis Farina and the perfectly cast Steven Wright as the Gatekeeper), oddly watchable one all the same. An altogether more successful reimagining of the source material can be found with Akira Kurosawa's masterful Throne of Blood. --Andrew Wright

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

John TurturroMike Battaglia
Katherine BorowitzRuthie Battaglia
Dennis FarinaBankie Como
Peter BoyleMatt Duffy
Lilia SkalaLucia
Steven WrightSterling
Rod SteigerCharlie D'Amico
Stanley TucciMal
Michael BadaluccoSal
David ThorntonPhilly Como
Joseph CarberryLeonetti
Richard PetrocelliArtie
Vincent PastoreSammy
Robert MorescoBenny
Olek KrupaBeda
Joseph RagnoPadrino Ricci
Nicholas TurturroBingo
J.R. NuttDoug
Richard GrundPaulie
Rick WashburnLouie

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: William Reilly
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 113 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 18, 1991
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 14, 2003
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