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 and 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 of 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.” Robert Bianco of USA Today describes "Gedrick and Wahlberg as absolutely first-rate, as these fine...