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Giuseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria (as Alessandro Sperlì)
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When Joe Valachi (Charles Bronson) has a price put on his head by Don Vito Genovese (Lino Ventura), he must take desperate steps to protect himself while in prison. An unsuccessful attempt to slit his throat puts him over the edge to break the sacred code of silence. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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Director Terence Young once said that "The Godfather (1972) is the most expensive trailer ever made - a trailer for our film [The Valachi Papers (1972)]! Young added that "The Valachi Papers (1972) is no 'spin-off' trying to cash in on the phenomenal success of The Godfather (1972)". Young said, in comparison to that movie, that for this film, "we are really much closer to The French Connection (1971). We are the other side of that coin - you could call us 'The Italian Connection'!". See more »

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After Maranzano's death, when Valachi is offered a hideout in the attic, during the conversation between him and the mother of the deceased, the window down the middle is seen to be a shade of black, but the next scene you find that there is daylight gleaming through it. See more »

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Tony Bender: "Cut it off!" Bender to his two henchman as they grab Gap to get a "present" for Don Vito's girlfriend.
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The Rise and Fall of a Gangster
21 December 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The gangster Joseph "Joe" Valachi (Charles Bronson) has worked for the Mafia for more than thirty years in New York. When he has been imprisoned for fifteen years, he learns that the mobster Don Vito Genovese (Lino Ventura) is offering a reward for his life. Without any alternative other than stay in the solitaire, he accepts the DA offer of protection. In return, he has to disclose the secrets of the Cosa Nostra.

"The Valachi Papers" is based on a true story and tells the rise and fall of a gangster from the Mafia. The role of Joseph Valachi is tailored for Charles Bronson and fans of gangster movie will certainly enjoy this film. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Segredo da Cosanostra" ("The Secret of the Cosanostra")


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