Before a member of a mob family can be named the new Capo, he has to take care of an unpleasant task to prove his loyalty to the family.
Mob movies are an interesting subculture… one which has spawned some – well, really seriously good sh*t. Seriously: The Godfather. Scarface. Pulp Fiction. Reservoir Dogs. The Sopranos. The list goes on. When done right, the genre seems to create some of the best quotes in film history, and some of the most memorable characters. But since it’s been done so many times, how can a mob script find fresh material?
Family Man manages to pull it off. Starting in familiar territory, FM fades in on Johnny Parisi, a loyal mob soldier that’s been handpicked as the new Capo. You see, Frankie – the older Capo – doublecrossed the boss. As a result, they’re still scraping Frankie (and his dog) off his lawn. The thing is – Boss Lombardo doesn’t want a repeat performance. So he’s testing Johnny first. Before he gets his promotion, Johnny’ll have to take care of Frankie’s accomplice. But when Parisi finds out who that is, all his plans go to hell. Who’s the rat? And will Johnny pull the trigger? Or end up on the wrong end of Lombardo’s wrath?
If you wanna find out, you’re gonna have to open this script yourself. ‘Cause I ain’t gonna be the one to spill the beans…
About the writer: Gary Howell is an attorney who has been writing as a hobby for years, and his short “The Family Man,” led to a connection with an Australian film director. The two collaborated on a feature film, “Broad Daylight,” which is currently in pre-production, with filming to begin in New Orleans in July. He is currently working on two new features.
Budget: Moderate. This isn’t a Tarantino script – you won’t blow your budget on squibs. But there are a moderate number of locations (both exterior and interior) and a healthy number of characters. But the settings are pretty flexible; this could be shot most anywhere.
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