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The Boss -- A bomb attack in a cinema in Palermo kills all the members of one mafia family except for Cocchi. Realizing that the instigator of the bomb attack is Daniello from another mafia family, Cocchi is determined to get revenge.


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1 February 1973 (Italy) See more »
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Henry Silva ... 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
Vittoria Febbi .... voice dubbing: Antonia Santilli (uncredited)
Antonio Guidi .... voice dubbing: Richard Conte (uncredited)
Renato Mori .... voice dubbing: Empedocle Buzzanca (uncredited)
Giorgio Piazza .... voice dubbing: Mario Pisu (uncredited)
Giacomo Piperno .... voice dubbing: Marino Masé (uncredited)
Sergio Rossi .... voice dubbing: Henry Silva (uncredited)
Stefano Satta Flores .... voice dubbing: Claudio Nicastro (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Il boss" - Italy (original title)
"Wipeout!" - USA
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USA:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Fernando Di Leo and Henry Silva come together to great effect, 7 April 2013
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

The opening scene from The Boss shows what the 70's Italian crime film was all about. A mafia hit-man wipes out most of a rival family when he fires a grenade launcher at them from the projection booth while they sit back and watch Danish porn. In other words, the genre was about serious action, violence and a distinct lack of subtlety. This opening action duly sets into motion a violent mob war and we are off.

Fernando Di Leo shows here once again, that when it comes to poliziotteschi he was the undoubted master. The Boss is the third in an excellent loose trilogy about Italian organised crime. Milan Calibre 9 and The Italian Connection are the other two entries. This one is more specifically about the Mafia and its machinations. As such it's set in the Mafia homeland of Palermo, Sicily. I like how the poliziotteschi films are so city specific. This gives them all distinctive atmospheres; the city is almost a separate character. But in this flick there is no doubt Henry Silva is the star of the show. He plays the hit-man Nick Lanzetta and shows precisely why he is considered an Italian crime genre great. His stone-faced, monosyllabic approach is perfect for this ruthless character. Lanzetta is certainly one of the hardest screen gangsters ever. The movie basically depicts his rise through the ranks of the Mafia. He, like all the other characters is out for himself alone and he is pretty ruthless in getting to the top. There are no good characters in this film, no matter which side of the law they are on everyone is immoral to at least some degree. I think the Italians are so good at this kind of movie because they seemed to think nothing of populating entire movies with shady characters. It's not just the crime films that do this but a lot of the gialli take the same approach. It works especially well in these noir style flicks though, as they usually are making statements about corruption in the Italian authorities as well as looking at the crime gangs. The Boss does detail some of the inner workings of the Mafia too. But more than anything, this is a film that is so very enjoyable because it is loaded with lots of stylish violent action.

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