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* WitlessProtectionProgram: There are two instances of the bad guys finding the informer (under witness protection as Tom Wilkinson). The first time is when he decides to go out dancing with his FBI handler and attracts too much attention. The second is when he is caught committing crimes in the small town he's been hidden in and the assistant district attorney indicts him under his real name. Another failing of the witness protection program is that they seem to relocate all of their witnesses to the same half-dozen small towns.


* BlatantLies: Vinnie is pretty shameless about stating obvious lies with a straight face.

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* BlatantLies: Vinnie is pretty shameless about stating obvious lies with a straight face. His trick is to wholeheartedly sell the lies 100% and never, ever actually admit that he's lying even when he's been caught (except once).

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* TitledAfterTheSong: With Music/FatsDomino's version appearing on the soundtrack.


* WitnessProtection: The whole premise is how much trouble Vinnie has in dealing with the new lifestyle required by the program.
** But it's completely done wrong. First off, the program is run by the US Marshals, not the FBI. They would never put that many mobsters in a single town, because of the reason shown in the film (a new crime wave) and because if it was found out, many people would be killed at once.

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* WitnessProtection: The whole premise is how much trouble Vinnie has in dealing with the new lifestyle required by the program.
** But it's completely done wrong. First off,
program. There are some technical inaccuracies (including the FBI running the program is run by rather than the US Marshals, not Marshals), but they don't change the FBI. They would never put that many mobsters in a single town, because of the reason shown in the film (a new crime wave) and because if it was found out, many people would be killed at once.premise.

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* MugshotMontage: As Vinnie poses for his new ID photos, he reassures his handler that "this isn't the old me, this is the new me", while unconsciously posing as if he were having his mugshot taken.

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** She had every right to search the trunk as stated above in ArtisticLicenseLaw and went back on the plea bargain because there weren't any criminals there. Vinny was wrong and didn't help the DA's office so the deal is off.

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Barney gets Vinny off the felony theft charge by saying that Hannah and the police had no right to search the trunk of the car without a warrant. But Vinny was arrested for car theft. As such, the "search incident to arrest" standard applies.


* MarryThemAll: Vinnie has three wives over the course of the movie. And not a single divorce.

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* MarryThemAll: Vinnie has three wives over the course of the movie. And not a single divorce.divorce (that is seen or mentioned, at least).


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Despite the mob now knowing where Vinnie and many other ex-mobsters live, no one is moved and the assassins are there as well.


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** But it's completely done wrong. First off, the program is run by the US Marshals, not the FBI. They would never put that many mobsters in a single town, because of the reason shown in the film (a new crime wave) and because if it was found out, many people would be killed at once.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Completely subverted with ADA Hannah. She searches Vinnie's trunk without a warrant, socializes with a suspect, goes back on a plea bargain, and, at the end, seems to ignore Vinnie's criminal behavior.

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* CrapsaccharineWorld: The mobsters in Witness Protection feel this way about Fryburg. Vinnie's testimony at trial sums it up:
-->"I get to live in a place - it's okay, don't get me wrong - the air is clean, the people are nice; but for a guy like me, who was raised on the sidewalks of the city that never sleeps, it's a living hell."


* {Foreshadowing}: Hannah insists that her town is not the dumping ground for the FBI's criminal elements. She has no idea how wrong she is.

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* {Foreshadowing}: {{Foreshadowing}}: Hannah insists that her town is not the dumping ground for the FBI's criminal elements. She has no idea how wrong she is.

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* {Foreshadowing}: Hannah insists that her town is not the dumping ground for the FBI's criminal elements. She has no idea how wrong she is.

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** Also subverted, since Vinnie pulls off some brilliant lies with few hints at his true intentions, such as when he cons Barney into letting him off the cuffs at the airport, and especially when Vinnie insists he doesn't like guns.


* BavarianFireDrill: Vinnie talks Barney into handing over his wrinkled suit trousers so he can take them downstaris to get pressed, treating it as SeriousBusiness. Barney stands alone in his boxers for a moment before realizing that he's been had, and Vinnie gave him the slip.

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* BavarianFireDrill: Vinnie talks Barney into handing over his wrinkled suit trousers so he can take them downstaris downstairs to get pressed, treating it as SeriousBusiness. SeriousBusiness, when his actual plan is to give his F.B.I. handler the slip. Barney stands alone in his boxers for a moment before realizing that he's been had, and Vinnie gave him the slip.had.


* BilingualBonus: Vinnie's (probably fictional) dog is named "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Vaffanculo]]." Hannah's reaction to this indicates she not only understood it, but provides context for the audience that this was Not A Nice Thing To Name A Dog.

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* BilingualBonus: Vinnie's (probably fictional) dog is named "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Vaffanculo]]." Hannah's reaction to this indicates she not only understood it, but provides context for the audience that this was Not A Nice Thing To Name A Dog.[[note]]It basically translates to "Go do it in the ass."[[/note]]

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