Actor-turned-filmmaker Robert Davi has made a beguilingly delightful and enjoyable debut in the director's chair with The Dukes
. It's a wonderfully strange (by Hollywood standards) hybrid of a movie, part heist thriller and all drama, with lots and lots of comedy woven through it, along with a ton of music. Davi -- who originated the idea for the film and co-wrote the script -- draws these seemingly disparate elements together into a coherent whole that manages to recall such varied films as Mario Monicceli's Big Deal On Madonna Street
and Federico Fellini's I Vitelloni
, and also Floyd Mutrux's American Hot Wax
, without mimicking any of th...