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Lucky Luciano (1973)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  November 1974 (USA)
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Lucky Luciano is one of the bosses of the Mafia. He orders the slaughter of 40 other responsibles, therefore becoming the only boss. But a few years later he is put into jail. In 1946, he ... See full summary »

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Judge Herlands
Magda Konopka ...
Contessa
Dino Curcio ...
Don Ciccio
Jacques Monod
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Igea Lissoni
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Gene Giannini
Pier Maria Pasinetti ...
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Luigi Infantino
Carlo Mazzarella ...
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Lucky Luciano is one of the bosses of the Mafia. He orders the slaughter of 40 other responsibles, therefore becoming the only boss. But a few years later he is put into jail. In 1946, he got a pardon and is sent back to Sicilia. There, he begins becoming one of the chief of the Mafia. The US Army seems to refrain from interfering... Written by Yepok

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The real story behind Lucky Luciano, the high priest of crime. See more »

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Along with a cast of actors, real-life former US Federal narcotics bureau agent investigator Charles Siragusa portrayed himself in the film. Siragusa did not play himself as the younger version of him reflecting the real life events in which he had partaken as a younger man but at the more seasoned age that he was in real life when the film was shot. The picture was Siragusa's only ever cinema movie role and he also acted as a technical consultant to the production. See more »

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When Lucky Luciano is deported in the mid-Forties, far more modern buildings can be seen on the New York skyline. See more »

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Definitely not your standard American Mafia movie
14 February 1999 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

In this country, Lucky Luciano is one of those 20s legends who have so often been glamorized in movies; we tend to be fascinated by such characters, and although films tend to either explicitly condemn them or show them coming to bad ends, they are among the most infallibly popular Hollywood staples. We also would concentrate on Luciano's years in America, which could be a familiar plot of the rise and fall of a gang boss. But Rosi's film begins with him leaving this country; it relates the long career that he had in Italy, in the drug trade, a time that Americans know little of -- it doesn't form part of the legend. Most of all, Rosi deliberately downplays the glamor. The drug trade is big business, and this middle-aged Luciano is a very solid businessman; the director (and the actor) have undercut the expected charisma. The efforts of police and government against him are portrayed as "factually" as possible (which makes aspects of their discussions rather unintelligible to Americans). Of course, all these things will make the movie seem rather boring to many viewers here! If you're looking for gangster thrills, go elsewhere; this is a movie of ideas, a critique directed at Italy in particular.


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