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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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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)
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)
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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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Additional Details

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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Can Henry Silva become the boss of a Sicilian crime family?, 9 January 2014
Author: msroz from United States

As the title "Il Boss" accurately suggests, this picture is about being and becoming the boss of a Sicilian crime family. It is about the position of the boss with respect to politicians higher up, for whom he delivers districts and votes. It is about the police with whom he deals with exchanges of money and information. It is about how the boss recruits his gang members. It is about the element of trust and distrust that pervades his handling of all others. It is about the rivalry of others for his position, and how they hope to accomplish their ascent to the top, whether through murder, intricate planning or double crosses.

All of this elevates "Il Boss" beyond its action by placing that action in context. The presence of Henry Silva similarly brings the action to life. There are only a handful of actors with the eyes, face and demeanor that can create the kinds of characters that he does. Jack Palance is in that category, but Silva typically brings no humor to his parts and makes them more cold and deadly. He is "Johnny Cool".

Veteran Richard Conte is on hand as the boss of the family, juggling his loyalties and affections, all in the name of maintaining the organization, euphemistically called the family. There are also several other surprising characters built up, including a kidnapped nympho daughter (Antonia Santilli) of a crime lord, who manages to entice Silva; and a blowhard police captain fond of making rationalizing speeches about his own ineffectiveness and that of the police. Gianni Garko is excellent as a policeman on the take playing both sides of the street.

Silva opens the movie with an over-the-top assassination of a group of rivals in a private theater showing. This sets off a gang war. The kidnapping follows. Conte, impressed with Silva's capacities, raises his power and responsibility. In the long tradition of such stories, one cannot trust one's second in command and closest associate. Silva cannot trust his (Marino Masse).

"Il Boss" is not the kind of poliziotteschi that features car chases, holdups, and police procedurals. It is more about characters and relationships, or scheming. It is about out-thinking and out-maneuvering rivals and associates both in relationships that are tenuous and ever subject to shifting winds.

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