WILKES-BARRE – Wyoming Valley business owner Mary Ruane knew from the time she saw the trailer for the movie "GOAT" that it would be a success.
It wasn't long after that Ruane, who owns Century Security Service and Master Travel in Wilkes-Barre, decided to invest in the movie, due out in early 2013.
"I was completely sold," Ruane said. "This is something I've never done before. I felt if I threw my hat in the ring to commit to (the movie) I stand the chance to lose, but also gain something that is successful."
Ruane is one of several investors from Luzerne and Monroe counties in the movie, a film by Paul Borghese that stars actors William DeMeo, Armand Assante, Ice-T, Ja Rule and several others who have appeared in the mob movie "Goodfellas" and "The Sopranos" HBO TV series.
The movie focuses on main character Bobby Baldano, played by DeMeo, who has been released from prison. Baldano, who is connected to the mob, must decide whether he will continue a life of crime or honor his family and make them proud – with bumps in the road along the way.
On Saturday at Mount Airy Casino near Mount Pocono, where a few scenes in the movie were filmed, a sneak peek will be shown at a red-carpet event that will feature several of the actors a meet and greet.
"I hope the movie is a huge success," said Darrin Gallagher, co-owner of Ashley Furniture in Wilkes-Barre Township, who also invested in the movie. "I hope it's the next ‘Slumdog Millionaire.' "
Both Gallagher and Ruane said they were introduced to the project through a business acquaintance, and that each of them was immediately sold on pitching in a "piece of the pie."
"I never did think I'd be involved in something like this," Gallagher said. "Not really knowing the movie industry…I learned some things along the way. It's been eye opening."
Gallagher said he's spoken to DeMeo, who owns a home in the Poconos, and has been out to dinner with him.
"He's very grounded and humble. He's just someone nice that you enjoy speaking to," Gallagher said.
While Gallagher said he came into the picture – no pun intended – late in the game, Ruane said she actually got to see some editing of the movie in June in New York.
"People invest in stock and never really know what they are investing in," Ruane said. "To actually have something tangible that everyone can see is pretty cool."
Ruane said the movie has a little bit of everything: mafia, violence, sex and a great story line.
"It reminds you of (the movie) ‘Goodfellas.' People are drawn to that," Ruane said. "Everyone I've showed the trailer to liked it a lot."
• STORY LINE: After serving several prison sentences, Bobby Baldano is out. Craving a life of inescapable crime, but desperate to honor his family, Bobby must decide whether to make his family proud or destroy what generations of Baldanos have built before him.
• TRAILER: Watch the trailer and read about the cast at: www.goat-the-movie.com.
• SCREENING: A limited number of tickets for the screening on Saturday are available. The event begins at 8 p.m. at Mount Airy Casino in Mount Pocono. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at http://mountairycasino.com/play/entertainment/special-events/.
William DeMeo: Movies: "Boss of Bosses," "Analyze That," "Hackers" and "I am Woody": TV: Has appeared in episodes of "The Sopranos."
Armand Assante: "American Gangster," "Judge Dredd," "Hoffa" and "Gotti." Has appeared in episodes of "NCIS."
Cathy Moriarty: "Raging Bull," "Analyze That," "Cop Land," "Casper" and "Bless This House."
Ice-T: has worked as a rapper; "New Jack City," "Ricochet," "Tank Girl" and "Law & Order SVU."
Louis Vanaria: "A Bronx Tale," "Young at Heart"; TV: "Boardwalk Empire," "NYPD Blue" and "Law & Order."
Al Sapienza: Well known for his role as Mikey Palmice on "The Sopranos"; has appeared in "Prison Break," "Without a Trace," "Law and Order," "NCIS" and "NYPD Blue."
Tony Darrow: Played Sonny, the owner of the "Bamboo Lounge" in "Goodfellas"; mobster Larry Barese in "The Sopranos."
Vincent Pastore: "Goodfellas," "Carlito's Way" and "The Jerky Boys." Played Salvatore Bonpensiero in "The Sopranos."
Kevin Youkilis: current infielder with the Chicago White Sox