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Men of Respect
Men of Respect
Actors: John Turturro, Katherine Borowitz, Dennis Farina, Peter Boyle, Lilia Skala
Director: William Reilly
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2003     1hr 53min

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...  more »


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Actors: John Turturro, Katherine Borowitz, Dennis Farina, Peter Boyle, Lilia Skala
Director: William Reilly
Creators: William Reilly, Allen Cohen, Arthur Goldblatt, Donna Lennard, Ephraim Horowitz, Eric Kitain, William Shakespeare
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/14/2003
Original Release Date: 01/18/1991
Theatrical Release Date: 01/18/1991
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 53min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Leonard Maltin [once again] left clueless
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film is flawless. Don't let the TRULY pretentious Shakespeare snobbery of the reviewers put you off if you're fans of the mob genre or the greatest writer of all time. Done with a more modest indie budget, it compares equally with "Goodfellas" or any other example you care to name and the Shakespearean quality remains in the timelessness of human lust for power. Maltin's talking about flashlights shows a genuine density of insight, as the character is actually wandering at night in a trance of insanity. Its not about sleeping disorders, Leonard!Turturro by the way gives this film his best performance ever and all the casting is outstanding."
A brilliant reworking--don't listen to the "experts"
LGwriter | Astoria, N.Y. United States | 11/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"John Turturro pulls out all stops here in this gangster version of Macbeth in the 'title' role (Michael Battaglia), ably complemented by his real-life wife, Katharine Borowitz as Lady Macbeth/Mrs. Battaglia. Also contributing with great performances are Rod Steiger as the aging mob chieftain (the King), Peter Boyle, Dennis Farina, Stanley Tucci, and, in an inspired bit of casting, comic Stephen Wright. The performances are truly riveting. It's a shame that the 'expert' critics can't see the power and ingenuity of this film. Far more than a shlock version of Shakespeare's masterpiece, it's an intense, flawless work, updating the Bard's lines with the brutal lingo of the mob. William Reilly, the writer-director, also co-wrote Mortal Thoughts, another sadly overlooked razor-sharp film. And he really knows how to write; the script here allows the performances to be as great as they are.Don't pay attention to Leonard's totally-missing-the-boat words of condemnation. In fact, I would say, Out, out, damned Leonard. Rent this movie--better yet, buy it. You won't be disappointed."
Shakespeare on the mean streets
james dwyer | ann arbor, michigan United States | 03/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This film is a very good interpretation of Shakespeare's MacBeth, transplanting it into the New York Italian American mafioso setting. John Tutturo is intense as usual as Mikey Battaglia. Peter Boyle as Irish mob boss Duffy (MacDuffy) is the final obstacle that Mikey can't clear. Especially good is the way in which Shakespeare's language has been preserved, if modified, into current day vernacular. "He has honored me of late, and I have bought golden opinions..." becomes "He's given me honor and respect here, and people are sayin' good things about me. I want it should last." Even the off beat humor of the Porter has been preserved, with a nice low key turn by Steven Wright. Students who enjoy the Sopranos will dig this film."
A Great Mafia Movie
james dwyer | 12/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I thought that Men of Respect was a great rendition of Shakespeare's Macbeth, for those who like Mafia movies. The screenplay did a very good job of adapting Macbeth to a mafia format. I highly recomend this movie"