It looked like a Mafia Summit at the AMC Empire theater in the heart of Times Square for the red carpet premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn,” on Monday night, April 29, 2013.
“Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn” is the latest movie from the filmmaking team of Director/Actor Paul Borghese and William DeMeo. The script which was written by DeMeo and Borghese was at first called “The 6th Family,” then “GOAT” and after being acquired by Lions Gate, the film’s title was changed to “Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn.”
The press cameras were firing away inside the AMC Empire, as celebrities from professional sports and Hollywood posed on the red carpet. Some of the celebrities from the film and those that came to show their support included; former NBA player John Starks, NFL player Danny Watkins,
Ice-T and Coco, Dominic Chianese, Gianni Russo, Danny Provanzano, Michael Rispoli, Vincent Pastore, Vinny Vella, Wass Stevens, Lou Vanaria, William DeMeo, Paul Borghese, Jackie Martling, Samantha Ivers, Elia Monte-Brown, Jaclyn Ingoglia, Lola Jimoh and Armand Assante.
The independent film tells the story of Bobby Baldano (William DeMeo), an ex con that gets out of prison after serving a lengthy sentence. Upon his release from prison, Baldano seeks out revenge on the rats that put him away. Bobby’s father Joseph Baldano Sr. (Armand Assante) tries to get his son to leave a life of crime and enter the legitimate family business, Joseph Baldano & Sons Contracting.
Rounding out the rest of the cast is Ice-T as the King of Coney Island Tyler Moss, Ja-Rule as Willie Davis, Robert Costanzo as bartender Lenny Leone, Vincent Pastore as barber Luigi Leone, Wass Stevens as Bobby’s best friend Jimmy Vitigliano, Lou Vanaria as Stan the Jew, Elia – Monte Brown as Rena, Samatha Ivers as love interest Gina, Paul Borghese as FBI Agent Joe Russo, Tony Darrow as mobster Patsy Pirati, Gaetano Icano as mob capo Fat/Slick Sally, Mario Macaluso as Mario ‘Casanova’ Bruno, Frank Gio as boss Vinny Morello, Lola Jimoh as Tina and Cathy Moriarty as Sarah Baldano.
The movie features a nice twist at the end which the audience seemed to enjoy.
“Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn,” is a stylish, realistic independent gangster film with all the elements of a classic, featuring high production quality, great acting, story and soundtrack.
If you are a fan of the gangster film genre, “Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn,” is one film you will not want to miss and one to add to your DVD library.
The film opened in select AMC theaters and cities on May 3, 2013 and Lions Gate will release the DVD on May 21st.
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