Film: Find Me Guilty
Cast includes: Vin Diesel (The Pacifier), Linus Roache (Wings of the Dove), Ron Silver (The West Wing)
Director/screenplay: Sidney Lumet (The Verdict)
Genre: Historic based court-room drama/comedy (2006)
In brief: Find Me Guilty is a colorful courtroom drama/comedy based on the longest mafia trial in U.S. history. This ambitious RICO case included 76 charges, 20 defendants and lasted over two years. What no one was counting on was that one of the defendants would defend him self. Recently sent to prison for 30 years on drug charges, Jack DiNorscio (Diesel), fires his lawyer just before the RICO trial and decides to go it alone. But since RICO is a crime of conspiracy, Jack really can’t go it alone. Jack’s in the same boat with the other 19, and the other 19 are in the same boat with Jack… like it or not.
Based on actual events, the courtroom dialogue came right out of the trial transcript. Jack, the central character was a total wildcard. But his participation in the trial is all documented… every crude gag, every remorseful moment.
3 popped kernels
Popped kernels for the good script and surprisingly good acting. Don't know why this one didn't do better. It's well worth renting.