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Highly watchable performances raise this cable movie about mobsters above the average. Boston goodfella Bobby Batton (Sizemore) turns state's evidence after he's betrayed by his cronies. He and his family are placed in the witness protection program under the eye of a U.S. marshal (Whitaker) but living as a regular mook proves difficult. Bobby's wife (Mastrantonio) is bitter, his kids are angry and confused, and there are no easy endings. Based on a 1996 New York Times Magazine article by Robert Sabbag.

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Available on Running time 105 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Organized Crime, Boston, Family Ties, U.S. Marshals, Adapted from an Article, Witness Protection Program
Daniel Therriault
Tom Sizemore, Forest Whitaker, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Shawn Hatosy, Richard Portnow
Fred Murphy
Richard Pearce
Cliff Eidelman

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Witness Protection is an HBO film, with a rating of R due to language and some violent content. Witness Protection released in 1999, with a run time of 105 minutes. Bobby Batton (Tom Sizemore) was a Boston mobster until his boss put a hit out for him. Barely escaping the hit, he decides to trade information with the FBI, but in return he wants a whole new identity. So his family is soon put into the witness protection program. They spend a lot of their time with the federal marshal (Forest Whitaker), to help coach them and to learn their new identities. Now, living an average life they find it’s not so easy. They have no money and now Bobby’s family is unhappy. Can they live a happy normal life or will his family fall apart?