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Underworld is a 1996 neo-noir action comedy film that was directed by Roger Christian and stars Denis Leary, Joe Mantegna and Annabella Sciorra.[2]

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roger Christian
Produced by Robert Vince
William Vince
Written by Larry Bishop
Starring Denis Leary
Joe Mantegna
Annabella Sciorra
Music by Anthony Marinelli[1]
Cinematography Steven Bernstein
Edited by Robin Russell
Release date
June 2016 (Mystfest)
May 9, 1997 (USA)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English



Just out of prison, Johnny Crown or another name Johnny Alt (Denis Leary) is running a bit late for a meeting he's been waiting seven years to attend. First he has a little unfinished business to take care of: hunt down every last man responsible for taking out his dad. Like everything else Johnny does, he's going to do it his way – in style. With his mysterious friend Frank Gavilan (Joe Mantegna) along for the ride, Johnny's out to uncover just who masterminded his father's hit, and settle the score for good.



In June 1996 the film premiered at Italy's Mystfest, where it was nominated for Best Film.[citation needed] It was also shown at the Austin Film Festival on October 10, 1996. The film was released in the United States on May 9, 1997.


CNN reviewer Paul Tatara gave a highly negative review of the film, dubbing it as "...very violent, very profane, and very bad. There's less killing at your local slaughterhouse, and the dialogue is probably sharper." [3] The New York Times' reviewer Anita Gates noted the film with all its flaws was "Fine actors in the lead roles struggle to maintain their dignity and to breathe some believability into these characters, who all talk strangely alike, and to an admirable degree they succeed."


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