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
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Joe Valachi told it all...across the headlines of America
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Did You Know?
Producer Dino De Laurentiis
acquired the screen rights to Peter Maas
' source best-seller in 1969 about three years before the movie premiered. As soon as the production of the movie was announced, producer Dino De Laurentiis
said that he started getting a series of telephone calls from unidentified people 'inviting' him to drop the project. De Laurenttis was unavailing of these invites and pressed on with the film's development and pre-production. See more
Joe Valachi (Charles Bronson) becomes a made man in the Mafia in a scene dated November 5th, 1930, but a subsequent scene when his sponsor Gaetano Reina is murdered, is dated February 26th of the same year. See more
"Cut it off!" Bender to his two henchman as they grab Gap to get a "present" for Don Vito's girlfriend.
Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant