The Wannabe

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The Wannabe
The Wannabe poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNick Sandow
Produced byMichael Gasparro
Lizzie Nastro
Vincent Piazza
Written byNick Sandow
StarringVincent Piazza
Patricia Arquette
Doug E. Doug
Vincenzo Amato
David Zayas
Domenick Lombardozzi
Joseph Siravo
Nick Sandow
Michael Imperioli
Music byNathan Larson
CinematographyBrett Pawlak
Edited byMelody London
Electric Entertainment
Traction Media
Distributed byEntertainment One Films
Orion Pictures
Momentum Pictures
Release date
Running time
90 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

The Wannabe is a 2015 American drama film written and directed by Nick Sandow. The film stars Patricia Arquette, David Zayas, Domenick Lombardozzi, Michael Imperioli, Vincent Piazza and Nick Sandow. The film was released on December 4, 2015, by Entertainment One Films and Orion Pictures.



Nick Sandow was inspired to write the film after reading about Thomas and Rosemarie Uva, a New York City couple who were murdered on Christmas Eve 1992 by the New York mafia after they had robbed several mafia social clubs over the prior few months. After Sandow worked with his Boardwalk Empire co-star Vincent Piazza on the script, the pair sent the script to Boardwalk Empire executive producer Martin Scorsese. Sandow told Creative Screenwriting, "When we felt comfortable about the script, we thought about trying to get it to Marty. He sent it to him with a bottle of wine before the holidays. We didn’t have expectations, but after the holidays they were having a table read for the first episode of the next season of Boardwalk Empire and Marty came up to him and said he loved The Wannabe."[2] Scorsese agreed to serve as executive producer of the film.


The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2015.[3] On May 18, 2015, Entertainment One Films acquired the film.[4] The film was released on December 4, 2015, by Entertainment One Films.[5]


  1. ^ Ronnie Scheib (2015-05-11). "'The Wannabe' Review: Patricia Arquette Rises Above Conventional Mob Drama". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  2. ^ McKittrick, Christopher (2015-12-03). "The Wannabe: A Gangster Love Story". Creative Screenwriting. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  3. ^ "Tribeca Exclusive: Clip From 'The Wannabe' With Oscar Win | The Playlist". Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  4. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (2015-05-18). "Cannes 2015: eOne Nabs 'Wannabe' With Patricia Arquette (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  5. ^ Meriah DotyEditor (2015-10-21). "'The Wannabe' Trailer: See Patricia Arquette in Contemporary Bonnie-and-Clyde Tale in Gotti's New York". Retrieved 2015-10-26.

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