Details & Storyline
“Wolves of Midtown” is a crime drama with a clear homage to classic gangster flicks. In this film, a ruthless gangster emerges from a fifteen-year prison sentence as a born-again Christian. He is immediately thrown into the thick of it, metaphorically airdropped into the vileness of “Fear City.” Tonally, the film is fast-paced, threatening, vivid, violent, comedic and sordid. The film’s primary themes involve trust and betrayal, often romanticized in criminal lifestyle films. However, in Wolves of Midtown, the romance is over. By 1985, the glory days of the mafia were coming to an end. The act or fact of living or continuing longer than another person or thing overpowers any blood oath or omertà brought to the shores of America by Sicilian immigrants. One comic juxtaposition the film focuses on is the relationship between violence and food, something extremely central to Southern Italian culture.