Directed by Joe Lavine and also Caymale Grant

Mobster Henry Hill, made inwell known in the movie "Goodfellas," aided fix college basketball games. This is a tale of greed, betrayal and reckoning. Pevaluation Director"s statement: Joe Lavine FBI wanted Burke The Vault: Bob Ley


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Film Summary

What happens when you integrate "Goodfellas" through college basketball? You obtain "Playing For The Mob," the story of how mobster Henry Hill -- played by Ray Liotta in the 1990 Martin Scorsese classic -- assisted orchestprice the fixing of Boston College basketround games in the 1978-79 seachild. The details of that point-shaving scandal are revealed for the initially time on film with the testimony of the players, the federal investigators and the actual fixers, including Hill, that died soon after he was interviewed. "Playing For The Mob" may be set in the seemingly gold world of college basketround, yet prefer "Goodfellas," this is a tale of greed, betrayal and also reckoning. At some point, they both share the exact same message: With that much money at stake, you can not trust anybody.

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Director"s Take
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Some points simply don"t include up. For me, that was the case with a male named Jim Sweeney. Like Jim, I thrived up in Trenton, New Jersey; and also though we hadn"t met it was hard not to be mindful of him because of the amount of push he got in the local sporting activities pperiods. But it wasn"t simply his extraplain talent on the area that set him apart. It was also his character. He had good qualities, attended an exclusive prep school, wtoo mannered and also the product of hard working blue-collar paleas that earned him the fitting nickname "Gentleguy Jim." Eexceptionally CYO mom wanted her child to be prefer Jim Sweeney. So you have the right to imagine my surpclimb once I opened up my copy of Sports Illustrated in February 1981 and also check out the cover story about a point-shaving actually scandal at Boston College that inserted Sweeney smack in the middle. From whatever I knew around him, Jim Sweeney was the least most likely perkid to get caught up in something favor this.

Flash forward nine years. It"s 1990 and also the movie, "Goodfellas" comes out. The movie was focused on the infamous mobster-turned-rat, Henry Hill. It told around Hill"s criminal life and also also around members of his "crew" that were associated in the Lufthansa cargo heist at JFK airport, which at the moment was the biggest cash robbery in UNITED STATE background. I almost dropped off my chair when I learned that the "Goodfellas" Henry Hill was the exact same male I had review about in Sports Illustrated and that he was behind the BC point-shaving scandal. Were Hill and Sweeney in on this point-shaving thing together? Could big-time mobsters be affiliated too? It appeared incomprehensible.

As a documentary filmmaker, I"m lucky. I deserve to make a movie and fulfill my own curiosity at the exact same time, which is what I collection out to perform. I had actually to uncover out even more about Hill and also Sweeney and the BC solve. The only problem was obtaining someone to finance it. I had actually spent 17 years at HBO and also pitched the principle more than likely in 15 of those years. For one reason or one more, the principle lost momentum and also went nowbelow. Then someday, out of the blue, Caymale Grant, a director from Los Angeles whom I had actually never met, contacted me with a similar film principle. On her very own, Caymale had actually interviewed Hill and also a pair of other men involved in the resolve. I then obtained in touch with Sweeney and he agreed to tell me his variation of the story.

Caymale and I decided to join pressures. We approached steustatiushistory.org with the idea of documenting the story. steustatiushistory.org confirmed immediate interemainder and the outcome of that meeting is the film, "Playing for the Mob." I might not have acquired the answer to every one of my concerns, however one point was for certain, tbelow was a lot more to the story than I had ever before imagined.


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Joe Lavine

Joe Lavine is an eight-time Emmy award- and also two-time Peabody award-winning documentary producer and director.

Lavine"s career in sporting activities television started more than 30 years earlier while a student at the University of Maryland also. Working as a runner at a Yankees/Red Sox game, he had actually the privilege of being paid for sitting in a major league dugout. That Yankees coach Yogi Berra cleared a full cheek"s worth of tobacco onto Lavine"s shoe did nothing to dissuade him. He made a decision television production was the perfect career for him.

From runner to TV producer, he invested 13 years as a producer with Major League Baseball Productions prior to relocating on to HBO Sports. Tright here, he developed and also directed a hold of critically acclaimed documentaries -- later taking on even more obligation as senior documentary producer and also vice president.

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His films have actually examined some of the most iconic personalities in sports-Muhammad Ali, Howard Comarket, Joe Louis, Joe DiMaggio, Vince Lombardi and Joe Namath. Other films took on complex issues that intersect sports and culture. "Breaking the Huddle" traces the integration of college football in the South. "Ali-Frazier I" looks at two very various sides of Amerihave the right to politics. "Nine Innings from Ground Zero" considers the traumatic consequences of 9/11 through the baseround World Series that complied with. In that film, as in many type of others, in addition to athletes, intercheck out topics had entertainers, politicians, social scientists and also American pinhabitants. In enhancement to his documentary job-related, Joe has created features for "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."

Lavine is the founder of Trenton Makes Productions. A indigenous of Trenton, New Jersey, he lives in the state with his household. "Playing for the Mob" is his first film for steustatiushistory.org Films "30 for 30" series.