Kings of South Beach

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Kings of South Beach
File:Kings of South Beach.jpg
Cover of the DVD
Directed by Tim Hunter
Produced by Nicholas Pileggi
Van Vandegrift
Kip Konwiser
Written by Nicholas Pileggi
Starring Donnie Wahlberg
Jason Gedrick
Steven Bauer
Music by Dave Brain
Cinematography Patrick Cady
Edited by Sunny Hodge
Distributed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release dates
  • March 21, 2007 (2007-03-21)
Country United States
Language English

Kings of South Beach is a film written by Nicholas Pileggi about an infamous operator of nightclubs in the South Beach section of Miami Beach, Florida. The lead character is portrayed by Jason Gedrick; his best friend is portrayed by Donnie Wahlberg. The film premiered on March 12, 2007 on the A&E Network.


The film is loosely based on a true story about the exploits of Chris Paciello, a transplanted New Yorker who was involved with the Mafia back in his hometown. He built a house of cards in South Beach, founded on models, money, and celebrity friends, including Madonna.

After an intense undercover investigation, Paciello was arrested on racketeering and murder charges, and went on to testify against known members and associates of the Colombo and Bonanno crime families.


New York Post critic Linda Stasi rates Kings of South Beach as a "four star film" with a casting described as “perfect.”[1] Robert Bianco of USA Today describes "Gedrick and Wahlberg as absolutely first-rate, as these fine actors tend to be."[2] Scott Weinberg of DVD Talk-Review, however, called it "obvious, listless, and completely predictable from start to finish", and said that "Kings of South Beach is little more than a very thin retread of several much better crime stories."[3]


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  2. Stasi, Linda (March 7, 2007). "PLAYERS CLUB- New York Post South Beach Boys' Night". Archived from the original on October 17, 2007. Retrieved March 7, 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "DVDTalk ReviewL Kings of South Beach ki maa ki chut". Retrieved January 5, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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