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The Valachi Papers (1972)

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
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Ryan (as Gerald O'Loughlin)
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Gaetano Reina
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Letizia Reina
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Tony Bender
María Baxa ...
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Mario Pilar ...
Salierno
Franco Borelli ...
Buster
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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Cosa Nostra  »

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The film was made and released four years after the movie's source non-fiction biographical best-seller book of the same name by Peter Maas had been first published in 1968. See more »

Goofs

During a car chase scene, the cameras back out too far from the antique cars, and you can see modern (circa late 60's - early 70's)cars in the street with them. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

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Absolutely recommended.
7 January 2013 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

New York Mafia threatened by Joe Valachi, the first repented of "Cosa Nostra". The former gangster has become the star witness in a trial that will be televised throughout the country. In front of TV cameras, Valachi will their lives within the criminal organization.

It's a great movie about the mafia, based on a book by Peter Maas, who in turn told the true story, with Charles Bronson papers away from hard avenger who showed us so many good films but here playing a repentant acts discovering illegal activities have been involved in over 30 years of militancy, led by director Terence Young always correct.

Good film "Gangsters" on the figure and confessions of Joe Valachi, the first repented of "Cosa Nostra". Produced by Dino De Laurentis seasoned with undisguised aim to leverage the worldwide success of "The Godfather" 1972 .. It's a movie nothing idealized, dry and violent, that clearly narrates thirty-year history of the "mafia" power struggles (the famous "war Castellamare") and internal organization of the "New York families" American classics (not only the above "The Godfather", is also the mark of Roger Corman and energetic set-b) as of that style typically understand Italian genre cinema.

The film has good environmental recreation, although sometimes note the low budget, and an unforgettable soundtrack of composer Riz Ortolani, closely linked to • spaghetti westerns. "It also has great performances both Bronson (Valachi) as the superb French actor Lino Ventura (Vito Genovese) and the legendary "Dr. No" Joseph Wiseman (Salvatore Maranzano who created the "mafia" modern "five families" and military organization of Roman inspiration), supported by a strong cast characteristic of Italians that help lend authenticity to the subject.


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