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Vendetta (HBO movie)

thePACEman (typing error deliberate - this is how he / she typed his / her "spy name") wrote in with this bit about HBO’s forthcoming project VENDETTA.

The movie stars Spooky Walken…..errr…Christopher Walken, and…well…I’ll let thePACEman tell you a little more about it.

Here’s what thePACEman had to say:

I don't know if this interests anyone but I'll tell you anyways. I was ((*occupation on production deleted by Glen*)) on the HBO film "Vendetta" starring Christopher Walken, so I know for a fact that this info is in fact, true.

It takes place in New Orleans, in the past, and is based on a true story. It tells the story of when many Italians were arrested and jailed by the Irish, why this happened I couldn't tell you, my memory fails me.

Anyway, in court the Italians are found innocent, but must remain in jail over night to be released the next morning. But a meeting is held where an Irishman who's high up in power gathers the Irish men of the town for a meeting. He tells them that the legal system has failed them and that he now leaves it up to them to do what they feel is necessary to have justice served. Sort of a hint, hint, wink, wink , nudge, nudge type thing. The angry men head to the jail with intentions of doing the "right" thing.

It has a romantic subplot which I'm pretty sure is just added for the drama, you know the whole thing about the Italian boy falling in love with the Irish girl. But all in all it appears to be a powerful movie.

One scene I saw was shot late at night as the police broke into the Italian houses and literally dragged them into the streets to be arrested.

"Vendetta" has a ten million dollar budget which I was told is high for an HBO movie. It was filmed in Toronto and Kingston Ontario and also I'm sure I heard that some shots were done in New Orleans.

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  • Sept. 2, 1998, 11:58 a.m. CST

    vendetta:the back story

    by ozymandias

    The back story was that a police chief was shot and killed. Suppossedly his kast words were "the dagos ." Many Italians were arrested and later a group of them from the jail were hung by lamp posts by an angry mob. At least that is the story I heard growing up in New orleans.

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I was at the shooting of "Vendetta"

    by Shaukkor

    A couple of scenes of the film were shot at my friend's restaurant in Toronto, "Angelini's". I went down for the day, thinking that Walken and Gabriel Byrne were going to be there, but unfortunately, they weren't in the scene. I did get to meet the director, though. Russel Meyer is the guy who wrote all of the *good* original Star Trek movies, and he directed Star Trek II, as well. He also wrote "Fatal Attraction" and directed that spooky post-nuclear holocaust T.V. movie, "The Day After". He seemed like a really nice guy. The scene I saw involved a group of Irish businessmen going into a restaurant and not being able to get a table, despite the fact that the place was empty.

  • Sept. 9, 1998, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Vendetta- the Mafia

    by James

    Okay, here's the history, as I recall. The Sicilians were on trial for the murder of Police Commisioner Hennesey (or Saughnessey, I can't recall which), who was assasinated while investigating Mafia activities at New Orleans waterfront at the Fin de Sicle. This was the first recorded Mafia incident in American history. The police chief was popular, the accused (part of the large Sicilian population in the Big Easy) were not. Being the Deep South, they applied Lynch's Law. Ironically, the mob (which hung three, and shot three of the defendants) was interracial. Go figure.