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19 December 1974 (USA) See more »
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Fingered by The Godfather, Nailed by... The Executioner See more »
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Mimi Miceli Jr. is, the son of a Mafia don who was exiled back to Sicily. He wants to get back into... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Duke Mitchell ... Mimi Miceli (as Dominico Miceli)
Vic Caesar ... Jolly Rizzo
Lorenzo Dodo ... Don Mimi
Louis Zito ... Chucky Tripoli (as Lou Zito)
Cara Peters ... Liz (as Cara Salerno)
Fred Otash ... Bones
John Strong ... Cheech
Jimmy Williams ... Super Spook
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George 'Buck' Flower ... Vince Baccari (as Buck Flower)
Richard Scarso ... Zantelli

Brigitte Maier ... Adult Film Actress (uncredited)

Directed by
Duke Mitchell 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Duke Mitchell  uncredited

Produced by
Joseph R. Juliano .... executive producer
Duke Mitchell .... producer
 
Original Music by
Duke Mitchell  (as Dominico Miceli)
 
Cinematography by
Ken Gibb (director of photography) (as Kenny Gibb)
 
Film Editing by
Tony Mora 
 
Makeup Department
Debbie Maxwell .... makeup artist
Richard Scarso .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Milo .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
George Eddy .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Dick Brownfield .... special effects
Harry Woolman .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Dell .... assistant camera
Glenn Roland .... director of photography: second unit (as Glen Roland Jr.)
Mike Strong .... lighting
 
Music Department
Martin Dreske .... music editor
Jack Millman .... music editor
 
Other crew
Joseph R. Juliano .... presenter
 

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Also Known As:
"Duke Mitchell's Massacre Mafia Style" - USA (reissue title)
"The Executioner" - USA (video title)
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79 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Frank Sinatra was offered a role in the film. His response was "Duke, I love you but I get paid real money to do real movies."See more »
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Soundtrack:
Rigatone, Mostacoioli and SpagetSee more »

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Duke Mitchell does an extended "take-off" on the Mafia, 31 December 2013
Author: msroz from United States

When we were young, in the days before television, we kids did skits or "take-offs", which were satires and parodies. Sid Caesar and his crew did these on "The Show of Shows" between 1950 and 1954. These skits employ a mix of comedy and a loose dramatic line that holds them together. This is what we are seeing in the movie "Massacre Mafia Style".

Duke Mitchell grew up and came of age when this kind of skit-based amusement was prevalent, plus he went on to become a nightclub entertainer, doing singing and comedy. Also, at the time he made this movie, "Massacre Mafia Style", police and mafia-related movies had been coming out of Italy in volume (the poliziotteschis). Being Italian, Duke Mitchell could incorporate his own ethnic knowledge into this film along with all of these other elements. He could do an extended take-off on mafia movies and their Italian elements. The result is this movie.

In its own way, it is a worthy if flawed achievement. It's undermined by bad acting, not Duke's, but much of the apparently amateur cast, which may have consisted of friends, acquaintances and family. In addition, the story is far from coherent. It is difficult to link one comic bit after another through story. Furthermore, the movie is at least as serious as it is comic, so that it becomes hard to know when we are seeing something serious or seeing comedy attempts that are not funny.

Being a hook for parodies, the story is not that important. Mitchell plays the son of a deported Sicilian who comes to L.A. to make good, which means for him monopolizing the pimps. He has to deal with the local bosses, a mixture of ethnic types. Political incorrectness quite often comes to the fore, especially in one heated conversation with a black pimp. If "The Godfather" referred to black people as animals, Mitchell does them one better.

To understand the beauty of this movie, simply take any portion of an Italian or Hollywood movie that has mafia in it. Take the parts that have become clichés. Then parody them, exaggerate them, satirize them. The shooting scene that opens the film does exactly that, being extreme and set to an Italian love song. There is a scene that extols the hands of the Italian mamas. There is a song at the wedding sequence that extols Italian food. Also, allow Mitchell the freedom to interject at times long monologues or rants, really comic interludes. There is one bemoaning the downfall of the Mafia.

Mitchell is making fun not only of the past movie portrayals of mafia but also many Italian clichés too, be they food, drink, tough talk, clothing, or music.

It's not a good movie by conventional standards. It's not even that funny of a movie. What it has is some zest, some outrageous material, some over-the-top material, some schmaltzy songs, some pleasant female nudity, quite a bit of exaggerated violence, a plot that makes little sense, and lots of amateur acting.

It's Duke Mitchell's playing gangster on film, in an extended routine. It's his skit, expanded. It's not meant to be taken too seriously.

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