The rise and fall of a Mafia gangster, based on the life of murdered New York gangster "Crazy" Joey Gallo.



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Carmine Caridi ...
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Fausto Tozzi ...
Guido Leontini ...
Mario Erpichini ...
(as Michael Gazzo)


The rise and fall of a Mafia gangster, based on the life of murdered New York gangster "Crazy" Joey Gallo.

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Who was Crazy Joe? Ask the cops. They knew him well. See more »


Crime | Drama


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1974 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Crazy Joe... matón  »

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Did You Know?


In the opening of "Crazy Joe," Gallo is sitting in a theater watching a black and white film, repeating the dialogue of one character. The film is "Kiss of Death," and the character is Tommy Udo, played by Richard Widmark. This was Widmark's breakout role, the one that made him a star. Joey Gallo is said to have adopted the fictional Tommy Udo as his role model, an example of life imitating art. See more »


When the movie starts, the date is Sept. 15, 1960. The men are riding in a car. They begin to sing along with an opera that is playing on the radio. The car arrives at its destination, a charcoal grill. When they exit the car it is plain to see that the car hasn't even been built yet. It is a 1963 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. See more »

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It's OK
3 October 2015 | by (Cut 'n Shoot, Texas) – See all my reviews

As far as being a true story goes, it is, but it is very sketchy, very broad strokes. If you know the history of the guy this is just a 1 minute flat quickie pencil sketch. I'm a fan of the director, but he usually puts more into the story and meaning than this. It's a very simple '70s mafia flick that satisfies that craving if you just want 100 minutes of the sights and genre and not much more. It is not an underrated classic. It's a solid, slightly above average example of the genre. It is not in the same league with the top 20 Italian crime flicks of the era (like the "Violenta" trilogy), but is as good as Hollywood's from this period. That's why I give it a six. I love Italian films from the '70s and '60s and consider them to be much better than Hollywood's output. To say one is on a par, is to say it's a bit of a disappointment that way, though I wasn't disappointed to have watched it. Once.

I'm a fanatic about pairing food and movies, and for this one I highly recommend Spaghettini and Red Clam Sauce.

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