Federal Hill
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A group of friends from a rough, predominantly Italian-American neighborhood consider their future in surroundings dominated by petty crime in this drama. Nicky (Anthony DeSando) and his pals grew up together in the Federal Hill section of Providence, Rhode Island, where Nicky makes ends meet by dealing cocaine and stealing cars. His best friend Ralphie (Nicholas Turturro), who works in construction, is prone to wild mood swings and has a dangerous penchant for breaking into the homes of local wise guys, including mob boss Sal (Frank Vincent). He also has a barely sublimated sexual attraction… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Corrente's handling of class divisions (one of the heroes starts seeing a Brown University senior he sells cocaine to) and the body language of the performances keep things fresh."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Federal Hill has sincerity on its side and a fair degree of authenticity."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Federal Hill is like Scorsese's Mean Streets of Rhode Island, with the same focus on male camaraderie, its merits and its price."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"As a first film this low-budget, semi-autobiographical crime film is polished and has some interesting moves that make the familiar aspects seem a little fresher."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Producer-director-scripter Michael Corrente manages to bring freshness to basically derivative material in Federal Hill, thanks to a number of excellent performances and some evocative black-and-white images of a world he knows intimately."
‑ David Stratton, Variety
"There is nothing terribly different or exciting about what he shows us; the film is gripping in a conventional, formulaic way."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"There are lots of admirable things about Federal Hill, starting with Richard Crudo's sparkling black-and-white cinematography"
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Federal Hill is lively and likable, a first film with the kind of swift action, clever dialogue and clear-cut characters that suggest an expert director's touch."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"The movie has a good ear for the way the characters talk, dress, move and live; it's another Italian-American slice-of-life, well acted and directed."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"What sets this film apart is authenticity."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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