Underworld (1996 film)

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

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Directed byRoger Christian
Produced byRobert Vince
William Vince
Written byLarry Bishop
StarringDenis Leary
Joe Mantegna
Annabella Sciorra
Music byAnthony Marinelli[1]
CinematographySteven Bernstein
Edited byRobin Russell
Release date
June 2016 (Mystfest)
May 9, 1997 (US)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States


Just out of prison, Johnny Crown (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, on one eventful Father's Day.



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] Anita Gates of The New York Times noted that 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."[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Anthony Marinelli: Filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  2. ^ Gates, Anita (May 9, 1997). "Underworld (1996) Killers Who Hum Broadway Tunes". The New York Times.
  3. ^ http://edition.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/9706/12/underworld.review/index.html

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