8 user 7 critic

The Bannen Way (2010)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 6 January 2010 (USA)
A slick, sexy, action-packed show about Neal Bannen, a charming con-man with a police chief for a father, a mob boss for an uncle and a weakness for beautiful women, who wants to turn his ... See full summary »


Jesse Warren


Jesse Warren (creator), Mark Gantt (creator) | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Gantt ... Neal Bannen
Vanessa Marcil ... Madison
Gabriel Tigerman ... Zeke
Michael Ironside ... Chief Bannen
Robert Forster ... Mr. B
Michael Lerner ... The Mensch
Ski Carr ... Sonny (as Ski Cutty Carr)
Autumn Reeser ... Jailbait
Brianne Davis ... Bombshell
Brittany Ishibashi ... Stiletto
Brynn Thayer ... Margaret Bannen
Roman Varshavsky ... Dimitri
Paul Duke ... Hans
Dean Kreyling Dean Kreyling ... Finch
Jeffrey R. Newman ... Francis (as Jeff Newman)
Learn more

More Like This 

The Big Bang (2010)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A private detective is hired to find a missing stripper. A simple job turns complicated when everyone he questions ends up dead.

Director: Tony Krantz
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Thomas Kretschmann, William Fichtner
Dead Trigger (2017)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A mysterious virus has killed billions and turned many others into bloodthirsty zombies. Unable to stop the virus, the government develops a video game, "Dead Trigger," that mirrors the terrifying events that curse the world.

Directors: Mike Cuff, Scott Windhauser
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Autumn Reeser, Romeo Miller
La Llorona (2020)

While vacationing in Mexico, a couple discovers their son's disappearance is tied to a supernatural curse.

Director: Patricia Harris Seeley
Stars: Autumn Reeser, Danny Trejo, Antonio Cupo
Crime | Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A disgraced paleontologist struggling to raise her son is tipped off to a groundbreaking dig site in the Badlands by a recovering meth addict, but his tie to the cartel threatens to bury them both under the weight of their criminal pasts.

Director: Dan Glaser
Stars: Autumn Reeser, Rhys Coiro, Steven Molony
Touching Home (2008)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The true story about a father struggling to make amends with his twin sons as they pursue their dreams of professional baseball.

Directors: Logan Miller, Noah Miller
Stars: Ed Harris, Brad Dourif, Robert Forster
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Bailey Kershaw returns home for the summer from college to discover that her mother (Tina) has a new boyfriend (Hugo) who she plans to immediately marry. Bailey is unsettled by Hugo and how... See full summary »

Director: Michael Feifer
Stars: Vanessa Marcil, Eddie McClintock, Paris Smith
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Kaylene Larsen's dream finally came true: beautiful twins from an in vitro procedure. But when Kaylene needs home care, the nurse she hires is none other than the egg donor herself -- and the crazy woman has come to claim "her" babies.

Director: Craig Goldstein
Stars: Vanessa Marcil, Brooke Nevin, Stephen Snedden
Kill'em All (2017)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Wounded men arrive at a closed down hospital save E.R. Then men with guns arrive and start killing. Who are killing who and why? The FBI try to figure it out by interrogating the only survivor, a nurse, about her and Philip's role.

Director: Peter Malota
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Autumn Reeser, Peter Stormare
Season for Love (TV Movie 2018)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After her divorce, a woman returns to her hometown to spend the summer with her daughter and mother. At her daughter's urging, she signs up for the town's annual barbecue competition, where... See full summary »

Director: Jill Carter
Stars: Autumn Reeser, Marc Blucas, Shelley Thompson
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Hords of insane assassins (2 cute) gather in or near a bar waiting to kill an insignificant FBI pencil pusher at 3AM and collect $3M. He's kept in a safe house/bunker nearby surrounded by FBI agents. Action awaits.

Director: P.J. Pesce
Stars: Tom Berenger, Clayne Crawford, Tommy Flanagan
So Undercover (2012)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A tough, street-smart private eye is hired by the FBI to go undercover in a college sorority.

Director: Tom Vaughan
Stars: Miley Cyrus, Jeremy Piven, Mike O'Malley
Possessions (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Orlando is dying. Resigned to his fate, all he wants is to be left alone with his alcohol, drugs, and hermit crab. But his hopes of solitude are shattered when he is woken by Jean-Luc, an ... See full summary »

Director: Nathan Adolfson
Stars: Trent Ford, Brien Perry, Autumn Reeser




A slick, sexy, action-packed show about Neal Bannen, a charming con-man with a police chief for a father, a mob boss for an uncle and a weakness for beautiful women, who wants to turn his life around and leave the criminal lifestyle forever. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


During the final confrontation between the brothers, the mob brother is brandishing a semi-automatic handgun. The barrel is plugged and you can tell it is a prop gun. See more »

User Reviews

Starts familiar but promising then can't find its way
3 March 2018 | by imdb2-5See all my reviews

Neil Bannen is a tall, good looking, smooth talking, seemingly happy go lucky but self-centered girl chaser. If there's a hot body in his radar, everything else takes a back seat. And while he's been able to squirm out of it in the past, he's not between a rock and a hard place with a choice to make about going the straight path or even deeper in a mob....

There is a sexy, beautiful girl who walks into his life and is a mystery. Colorful bad guys and gals, practically cartoonish at times. There is also a family angle thrown in... His father is a cop, his uncle is a mobster. Something happened and the question is where do the two intertwine and what will it take to unravel this mystery and a resolution. He's got a little high tech geek cadre who help with his jobs. And did I mention there are a ton of characters and that backstory and character development are really not a priority in this film?

I'm giving this a very generous 5, since the performances are all mostly good from a surprising cast that has several well known names and faces you've seen before. There are a number of chuckles, the actors are well cast and do well with their roles and the movie is not boring... although it does become noticeably more dull after the shiny, grinning veneer of our lead character rubs off and he's left to being a confused shnook that must parade himself between numerous characters to wind up where he started.

The problem is that you've seen everything before and the film takes a few too many liberties like you'd see on TV, where characters can do things without consequence and walk away just for laughs, forgotten long before the story continues with another episode next week. This movie finds itself in between. Villains are well acted but they are cartoonish, over the top, and you're not sure whether they are supposed to be part of a parody on cliches.

If you've seen Guy Ritchie's "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch" you know instantly that so has this director. I was also reminded of "Burn Notice" to reasonable degree. He gets a lot of production value out of the film, which looks good for the budget. And while there are some chuckles and the movie moves you along, it becomes all too clear that it's just a series of events tied together with the script, each resulting in some unforseen even that will descend to save our heroes and roll them into the next set piece.

So I'll give the team high grades for effort, a reasonably entertaining if very familiar work but not the thriller you'd expect to enjoy seeing again.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official site





Release Date:

6 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bannen Way See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed