The screenplay When Tough Guys Were King, written by John Dapolito and his co-author Dominik Tiefenthaler, is a father/son drama taking place over three separate timelines which combines the essence of such classic films like Stand by Me, Big Fish, and Goodfellas. A true story depicting a life of violent crime, drug addiction and incarceration in Federal prison, is based on the extraordinary life and times of Augie Dapolito, who was suddenly and dramatically struck down by a terminal and debilitating illness at the age of 51. The film uses video-taped recordings by his eldest and estranged son, John Dapolito, for dramatic tension throughout... The result is a deeply impacting, emotional and resonating film, with the healing/feel-good potential of a Good Will Hunting.

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