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1 February 1973 (Italy) See more »
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A bomb attack in a cinema in Palermo kills all the fellows of Attardi's clan a part from Cocchi. He... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Brutal And Brilliant Italian Crime Masterpiece See more (14 total) »

Cast

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Henry Silva ... Nick Lanzetta

Richard Conte ... Don Corrasco
Gianni Garko ... Commissario Torri
Antonia Santilli ... Rina D'Aniello
Corrado Gaipa ... Avvocato Rizzo
Marino Masé ... Pignataro
Howard Ross ... Melende
Claudio Nicastro ... Don Giuseppe D'Aniello
Gianni Musy ... Carlo Attardi
Mario Pisu ... Onorevole Gabrielli
Vittorio Caprioli ... Il questore

Pier Paolo Capponi ... Cocchi
Andrea Aureli ... Don Antonino Attardi
Pietro Ceccarelli ... Maione
Giulio Baraghini ... Don Corrasco Man
Sergio Ammirata ... Gangster
Salvatore Billa ... Sacco - Theatre Guard
Luigi Antonio Guerra (as Antonio Guerra)
Giorgio Dolfin ... Policeman
Andrea Scotti ... Gangster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Artemio Antonini ... Lanzetta Henchman (uncredited)
Bruno Bertocci ... Infermiere (uncredited)
Empedocle Buzzanca ... Maresciallo (uncredited)
Omero Capanna ... First Murder Victim (uncredited)
Angelo Casadei ... Paramedic (uncredited)
Fernando Cerulli ... Projectionist (uncredited)
Fernando Di Leo ... Gangster with Sunglasess (uncredited)
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Policeman (uncredited)
Pietro Torrisi ... Hitman (uncredited)
Bruno Ukmar ... Attardi Man in Cinema (uncredited)
Franco Ukmar ... Attardi Man in Cinema (uncredited)

Directed by
Fernando Di Leo 
 
Writing credits
Peter McCurtin (novel "Mafioso")

Fernando Di Leo (story)

Fernando Di Leo (screenplay)

Produced by
Armando Novelli .... producer
 
Original Music by
Luis Bacalov 
 
Cinematography by
Franco Villa 
 
Film Editing by
Amedeo Giomini 
 
Production Design by
Francesco Cuppini 
 
Costume Design by
Elisabetta Lo Cascio 
 
Makeup Department
Antonio Mura .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pietro Ceccarelli .... production manager (as Lanfranco Ceccarelli)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Lo Cascio .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Cristiano Tessari .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Fernando Caso .... sound effects editor
Alberto Salvatori .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Angelo Patrizi .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrico Biribicchi .... assistant camera
Claudio Morabito .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Cirilli .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Ornella Chistolini .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Silvia Petroni .... continuity
Vincenzo Salviani .... production secretary
 

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Also Known As:
"Il boss" - Italy (original title)
"Wipeout!" - USA
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USA:100 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Final part of Fernando Di Leo's "Milieu Trilogy" also including Caliber 9 (1972) and The Italian Connection (1972).See more »
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Referenced in Il solitario (2008)See more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Brutal And Brilliant Italian Crime Masterpiece, 30 April 2008
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

The third and final film in Fernando Di Leo's excellent Millieu trilogy, "Il Boss" of 1973 is an absolute masterpiece that easily ranks among the most brilliant Mafia films ever brought to screen. Director Di Leo had created one of Crime Cinema's all-time highlights already with "Milano Calibro 9" in 1972, and while the succeeding "La Mala Ordina" (aka.) "Manhunt" from the same year was still excellent, but slightly inferior, "Il Boss" equals the brilliance of the first film. Unlike its two predecessors, which played in Milan, "Il Boss" takes place in Palermo, Sicily. The film which begins with a memorably brutal opening sequence already, delivers raw action and excessive violence as well as a very realistic insight into corruption and organized crime. The film is tough-minded and uncompromising from the very beginning, and the characters, all of which are brutal, immoral and violent differ not in their moral values, but just in their toughness. The stone-faced Henry Silva in the lead alone makes this film an absolute must-see for every lover of crime cinema. Silva makes the toughest and most charismatic Mafia hit-man ever to have appeared on screen in his leading role of Nick Lanzetta, and the doubtlessly greatest role ever played by Silva, generally one of the greatest actors in Italian crime cinema.

This film, which revolves around power struggles and a kidnapping within Sicily's organized crime, delivers tons of raw action and sadistic violence as well as fine portion of criticism of social circumstances and corruption. Apart from that, it also has a unique atmosphere and gives a stunning and immensely realistic portrayal of the power struggles within the mafia. "Il Boss" is a film of superb, ruthless characters, and equally superb performances. As mentioned above, Henry Silva is one of my favorite actors and he is absolutely brilliant in the leading role of Nick Lanzetta here. Lanzetta is arguably THE toughest Mafia-hit-man character in Cinema-history, and Silva is the perfect, no, the ONLY choice to play the role. Yes, this truly is a film that makes it hard not to talk in superlatives all the time. The other performances are entirely great too, be it Richard Conte as a Mafia Boss, Pier Paolo Capponi, or Spaghetti Western star Gianni Garko, who is excellent in the role of a sleazy corrupt police detective. The ravishing beauty Antonia Santilli is also superb in the female lead as a seductive mobster's daughter, for unknown reasons she sadly didn't appear in too many other films. The brilliant score by Luis Enríquez Bacalov contributes a lot to the film ingenious atmosphere and general mood. Brutal, Tough-Minded and absolutely brilliant "Il Boss" is a personal favorite of mine that easily ranks among the greatest Mafia-flicks ever made! I could go on praising this film for a long time, but I will just finish my review with a recommendation: Watch this film as soon as you can! This is Italian genre-cinema at its finest, and an absolute must see for every lover of Cult-cinema! 10/10

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