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The Death Collector (1976)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  29 October 1976 (USA)
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Neighborhood kid goes to work for the Mafia as a debt collector.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Bolanti (as Joseph Cortese)
Lou Criscuolo ...
Anthony Iadavia (as Lou Criscuola)
Bobby Alto ...
Bernie Feldshuh
Keith Davis ...
Jack Ramage ...
Herb Greene
Anne Johns ...
Bob D'Andrea ...
Frank Ammirati ...
Gino Gennaro ...
Floyd Levine ...
Sal La Pera ...
Richard Ward ...


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 <>

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He always collects...or you pay with your life! See more »


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29 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Family Enforcer  »

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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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Underrated crime drama presages Goodfellas
23 February 1999 | by (Austin) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly good "Mean Streets"-type crime drama. Foreshadows elements of "Goodfellas" and "Casino". Joe Pesci's first big role. Clever dialog. I think the Maltin guide gives this a bomb rating. I can only guess no one actually bothered to watch it.

Saw this at Tarantino's film fest and he said Scorsese used a number of these actors in Raging Bull.

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