Neighborhood kid goes to work for the Mafia as a debt collector.

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Jerry Bolanti (as Joseph Cortese)
Lou Criscuolo ...
Anthony Iadavia (as Lou Criscuola)
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Joe
Bobby Alto ...
Serge
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Bernie Feldshuh
Keith Davis ...
Matley
Jack Ramage ...
Herb Greene
Anne Johns ...
Paula
Bob D'Andrea ...
Ned
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Frank Ammirati ...
Spinoza
Gino Gennaro ...
Chuck
Floyd Levine ...
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Sal La Pera ...
Gus
Richard Ward ...
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After being away for a couple of years, Jerry Bolanti is back in his tough, North Jersey neighborhood, close to swampy meadowlands where bodies get pulled from the trunks of cars and dumped. He's short on cash, so a local boss, Anthony Iadavia, throws him some work - as a collector and a holdup man. But Jerry's cocky and a hothead, so he makes enemies faster than he can deliver on the jobs. Whatever bag or case of cash he touches doesn't seem to make it back to Iadavia. But Jerry's resilient and persistent, so he just may get his revenge as well as a chance to go caravan camping with his girl. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If You Liked "The Godfather" & "Dog Day Afternoon," Then This Is Your Kind of Motion Picture. See more »

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29 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Martin Scorsese cast Joe Pesci and Frank Vincent in Raging Bull (1980) after seeing them in this low budget mob drama. See more »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Scorsese or Chase Fave?
23 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Has anyone ever read or heard comments by Scorsese or David Chase ( Soprano's Exec. Producer) about "Death Collector/Family Enforcer"? I bought the DVD after not having seen it for a while on cable (like 20 years), but having seen "Goodfellas" and the entire "Sopranos" run to date. In retrospect, both guys must have seen Death Collector/Family Enforcer and absorbed the flavor ,perhaps inspiring the tone for their masterworks, both of which the polar opposite of the romanticized Godfather trilogy. Being a Jersey guy, it is interesting to see how the Jersey meadowlands have evolved since the mid-70's. It is not the swampy dumping ground it used to be although once in a while a body will turn up in a local waterway. Also, it's a little bittersweet to seen a newly constructed World Trade Center in the across the river in the opening and closing scene. Who could have imagined?


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