Find Me Guilty

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Find Me Guilty ★★★ 2006 (R)

Amusingly cutting mockery of courtroom ritual from master Lumet that's based on a true story. From 198688, 20 members of the New Jerseybased Lucchese crime family were prosecuted by the feds; all had attorneys except for lowlevel goombah Giacomo “Jackie Dee” DiNorscio (Diesel), who represented himself. Jackie wisecracks throughout the trial, garnering unexpected sympathy while causing agita in both the presiding judge (Silver) and mob boss Nick Calabrese (Rocco). Performances are excellent; note Sciorra's cameo as Jackie's bitter exwife. 125m/C DVD . US Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage, Linus Roache, Ron Silver, Alex Rocco, Annabella Sciorra, Richard Portnow, Robert Stanton, Raul Esparza, Domenick Lombardozzi, Paul Borghese, Jerry Adler, Marcia Jean Kurtz; D: Sidney Lumet; W: Sidney Lumet, T.J. Mancini, Robert J. McCrea; C: Ron Fortunato; M: Richard Glasser.