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The Valachi Papers (1972)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  6 January 1972 (France)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Maria Reina Valachi
Walter Chiari ...
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Gerald S. O'Loughlin ...
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Amedeo Nazzari ...
Gaetano Reina
Fausto Tozzi ...
Pupella Maggio ...
Letizia Reina
Angelo Infanti ...
Guido Leontini ...
Tony Bender
María Baxa ...
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Mario Pilar ...
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Franco Borelli ...
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Alessandro Sperli ...
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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The production suddenly ended its New York leg of the production earlier than scheduled to complete the rest of the filming in Italy. Of the production's move from New York to Italy, director Terence Young said: "We had two units working five hours a day, and finished our five weeks' New York Schedule in three. We were very well treated by the New YorkIitalians . . . [but] . . . It was disturbing to have to leave New York and move to Rome earlier than we had planned. In our eighteen days on location we had shot what we had scheduled for approximately four weeks. I had been hoping we could shoot there for about another ten days. But this is a crazy business we're in. As soon as we made the move to Rome, I began to find special virtues in having made the change". See more »

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As Valachi drives during his first job in 1930, a 1960s Ford is in the left lane next to him. See more »

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The Singing Gangster
14 December 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Charles Bronson starts to break out of spaghetti westerns and good character roles and becomes a leading man around the time The Valachi Papers came out. It was a big milestone in his career, playing the most famous gangster stoolie of all.

It's not quite true that all Valachi's testimony managed to do was get a lot of high television ratings for some re-election hungry Senators. Not that they didn't get it and didn't appreciate the side benefits of those famous televised hearings, but eventually what came out of the Valachi hearings was the RICO law which has in fact put quite a dent into organized crime.

The Valachi Papers has Charles Bronson telling FBI man Gerald S. O'Loughlin about his life and times in organized crime with La Cosa Nostra from the days of the Marranzano-Masseria wars until the present which would have been 1962. He doesn't really tell anything new to them, basically he confirms what had been gangster legend about the circumstances of many a demise. But with some hard documentation now, new laws are created to meet the problem.

Bronson does his best with Valachi, but the story has him pretty one dimensional. It's far from The Godfather where you really get inside the characters of the fictional Corleone family. Bronson sure has no conscience about what he did and I'm sure the real Valachi didn't either. In fact the only reason he turns informer is that Vito Genovese already mistakenly has him down as one.

Fans of the gangster genre and Charles Bronson should give this one a look. Others should see The Godfather all three parts.


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