Rob the Mob

Raymond De Felitta's terrifically entertaining film benefits from a smart screenplay and superb performances.


Rob the Mob

Michael Pitt ("Boardwalk Empire," Seven Psychopaths), Tony Award winner Nina Arianda (Midnight in Paris, Broadway’s "Venus in Fur"), Academy Award nominee Andy Garcia (The Godfather: Part III, Ocean’s Eleven) and Emmy winner Ray Romano ("Everybody Loves Raymond”) star in ROB THE MOB, a thrilling and poignant crime-thriller about two lovers whose audacious heists of Mafia social clubs result in a discovery that could forever change the face of organized crime in America.

New York City, 1991. Small-time crooks Tommy and Rosie (Pitt and Arianda) have two things in common: a crazy-passionate love for one another and -- after they're caught robbing a florist on Valentine's Day -- prison But soon Tommy is skipping his shifts to do something much more interesting—attend the landmark trial of Gambino-family boss John Gotti, where Mafia hit man Sammy "The Bull" Gravano provides graphic testimony that could finally bring down the flamboyant mob kingpin.

Tommy’s fascination with the mob is deeply personal; when he was a boy, he saw his father suffer a brutal beating at the hands of local gangsters. So when he hears Sammy name a Mafia-owned social club where no guns are permitted, he has an idea: Why not rob the joint? And so begins a series of Bonnie-and-Clyde-style stickups of mob hangouts around the city, with Tommy wielding an Uzi and Rosie driving the beat-up getaway car. The brazen daylight raids net enough cash for the lovers to move in together, taking their fiery romance to the next level. They also draw the attention of the FBI and veteran mob reporter JERRY CARDOZO (Romano), who splashes their unlikely story across the front page of the paper. But while the attacks enrage the mob, reclusive crime-family head BIG AL FIORELLO (Garcia) orders his men only to scare the couple. After all, he says, eagles don’t kill flies.

It’s a decision Big Al will come to regret. During one of their heists, Tommy and Rosie stumble upon a Mafia secret so closely guarded that rank-and-file mobsters don’t even know of its existence. To the Feds, it’s the smoking gun they’ve been looking for—a key to dismantling New York’s already-faltering crime syndicate once and for all. To Big Al, it’s the high cost of his earlier leniency—a mistake he quickly moves to correct. For Tommy and Rosie, caught between the law and a mob contract, the future depends on who gets to them first.
Crime, Drama
Raymond De Felitta
Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Ray Romano, Burt Young, Griffin Dunne, Michael Rispoli, Frank Whaley, Yul Vazquez
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

Real-life tragedy receives a comic-caper makeover in “Rob the Mob,” Raymond De Felitta’s breezy retelling of one of New York City’s more unusual crime sprees. Like the crazy-in-love couples of “Sid and Nancy” (1986) and “True Romance” (1993), Tommy and Rosie Uva (Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda) are ...

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